WEF's membership newsletter covers current Federation activities, Member Association news, and items of concern to the water quality field. WEF Highlights is your source for the most up-to-the-minute WEF news and member information. 

December 2009, Vol. 46, No. 10

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Urban Rivers and Sustainable Cities To Be Discussed at WEF Specialty Conference

Co-located conferences hope to draw multidisciplinary crowd

Don Project SmallAs more people commit to the idea of sustainability, populations shift back to urban centers, where residents are demanding more “green” and livable communities. More people care about the impact their lives have on the environment and, because city residents have a smaller ecological footprint, many are moving back into cities, said Tim Dekker, chair of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Urban River Restoration 2010 specialty conference. These individuals also are demanding more green space and interaction with the environment in urban centers, he added. 

A rendering from the Don River project. Photo property of Waterfront Toronto works. Click for larger image.

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WEF Boosts Customer Support at Home and Around the World

Customer service operations at the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) recently have undergone changes to boost the customer experience for WEF members and Member Associations (MAs) worldwide. These changes include the additions of dedicated WEF customer service teams at BrightKey (Annapolis, Md.) and Portland Customer Services (PCS; London).

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WEFTEC.09 Attendee Wins 'Beat the Drop' Drawing

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Thomas Lauro (right) of the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities (New Rochelle, N.Y.), assisted by Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Marketing Manager Tim Moran, shows off the books he won during his 1-minute shopping spree at the WEFTEC®.09 Bookstore in Orlando, Fla.  



Photo by Oscar Einzig Photography. Click for larger image.


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Alabama Utility Named Finalist for ‘Top Small Workplaces in America’ List

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Daphne (Ala.) Utilities is one of the 35 finalists named in The Wall Street Journal’s 2009 “Top Small Workplaces in America” list. The designation recognizes small businesses that foster teamwork, flexibility, high productivity, and innovation while helping employees grow personally and professionally, according to a Daphne Utilities news release.



Daphne Utilities' employees. Photo courtesy of Rob McElroy, general manager, Daphne Utilities. Click for larger image. 

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Spices Pose a Threat to Foodborne Pathogens

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Evidence continues to mount supporting the powerful benefits of spices. Oils from herbs and spices have shown antimicrobial benefits strong enough to help suppress such foodborne pathogens as Escherichia coli 0157, according to a U.S. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) news release. ARS chemist Mendel Friedman has been studying the power of these spices for several years. 





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