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April 2010, Vol. 47, No. 3

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WEFTEC Registration Open

/assets/0/86/108/668/773/21909/24160/25297169-889d-4e6d-b006-b69bc97b5a6f.jpg   Online and housing registration is now open for WEFTEC®.10. Get the latest in water quality research, technology, and services at the largest water quality event in North America. The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) annual conference will be held in New Orleans from Oct. 2 to 6.  



WEF Announces Water Sector Interdependencies Training

Safe drinking water and wastewater treatment and service are essential to the public health and economic vitality of any society. In short, water is life.

To provide their essential services, water sector utilities depend on other national critical infrastructures such as energy to operate their pumps and transportation to deliver chemicals for water treatment. Also, many critical infrastructures depend on the water sector; clean water is needed for firefighting and irrigation and to supply hospitals, schools, and businesses. Preparing to promote drinking water and wastewater services during and following an incident will reduce hardships.

To help utilities prepare, the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.), in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency will hold a series of general awareness trainings on water sector interdependencies:

Additional sessions will be added; if you are interested having a course in your state that is not listed above, send e-mail to James Sullivan at jsullivan@wef.org. For more information, click here.

WEF Recognized for ‘Water Is Life’

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has been named to the 2010 Associations Advance America (AAA) Honor Roll for its public education initiative Water Is Life, and Infrastructure Makes It Happen™. The AAA awards, sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (Washington, D.C.) and The Center for Association Leadership (Washington, D.C.), recognize innovative projects in education, skills training, standards setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship, and community service.

/assets/0/86/108/668/773/21909/24160/2bc4ede6-cc06-4ea4-bc27-1e543a432f68.jpgWEF’s Water Is Life program was honored for raising awareness about the value of U.S. water infrastructure and the need to invest in its long-term stability. Through the initiative, WEF has provided educational resources to communities, promoted the documentary Liquid Assets: The Story of Water Infrastructure, and brought together different interest groups to discuss this topic.

“WEF is deeply honored to receive this recognition,” said WEF Executive Director Bill Bertera. “While water infrastructure typically goes unnoticed, its services and benefits are relied on by every American. Through Water Is Life, WEF hopes to raise awareness about this important issue and help communities build public support for investing in their water infrastructure.” 

First Annual WWMD Award Winners Announced

Participants that accomplished outstanding achievements in raising awareness of water quality issues have received a World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) Award. The new annual award program includes the WWMD Superlatives and the Water Champion: Making a Difference awards.
The Superlatives awards go to individuals or groups reporting extreme characteristics, including highest and lowest temperatures, largest number of participants at a single site, individual reporting from the largest number of sites, and largest number of WWMD test kits purchased. See the winners here.

The Water Champion: Making a Difference awards recognize superior levels of relevance, educational effort, support, and innovation in the promotion of water quality through the WWMD program. Winners, chosen by a panel of judges composed of water industry professionals from around the world, were chosen for Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. See the winners here.

Award recipients receive a plaque and WWMD materials worth up to $1000 for groups and $750 for individuals. WWMD, sponsored by WEF and IWA, is officially observed on Sept. 18 and allows citizens to monitor and report data to the WWMD database from March 22 through Dec. 31.  

National Biosolids Partnership News

Representatives of organizations that have achieved or are close to achieving the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP; Alexandria, Va.) environmental management system (EMS) certification met in Alexandria, Va., Jan. 20 and 21.

Meeting participants focused on streamlining the program’s operation while maintaining its rigor, as well as recommendations developed by a working group of their peers regarding overall EMS options and administration. They also shared their agencies’ current and future biosolids management priorities and challenges, and developed recommendations for future NBP activities and services.

Details of the reconfigured EMS program will be announced shortly. Information on future webcasts, as well as biosolids news and updates, are available via a free weekly e-news update.  
 NBP Event Group
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Above, workshop attendees included representatives from NBP agencies, WEF, and EPA. Left, workshop facilitator Rob Greenwood (left) from Ross & Associates (Seattle) and Dave Taylor from Madison (Wis.) Metropolitan Sewer District, a NBP agency work group, discuss aspects of the audit process. Click for larger images.

Tune In to WEF’s Upcoming Webcasts

Perspectives on Pipeline Repair
April 21, 1 to 3 p.m. (EDT)
This webcast will cover owner, designer, and manufacturer viewpoints on pipeline repair, making the repair process work for you, quality assurance and quality control strategies, and real-world case studies. The registration fee is $155 for Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) members and $195 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is April 19.

Advances in Solids Reduction Processes at Wastewater Treatment Facilities
FREE, April 28, 2 to 3 p.m. (EDT)
This webcast will cover the state of the practice in solids reduction technologies, the general mechanistic principles behind them, the key factors that determine their consideration for a particular application, and the requirements for implementing these technologies. There is no cost to participate, but preregistration is required.

Professional Development Hours can be earned for participating in a webcast. For a full list of past and future webcasts, see the WEF Webcast Schedule. If you missed a recent webcast, you can catch up on the discussion by purchasing CD–ROM copies. For more information, send e-mail to registration@wef.org. 

NYWEA Awards Scholarships to Water Quality Employees

NYWEA Award Small   The New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA: Syracuse) awarded three $750 scholarships to individuals working in the water quality field to help further their careers. The award winners showed a commitment to government service and had career objectives, according to a NYWEA news release.

The scholarships were awarded at NYWEA’s 2010 Annual Meeting to Patricia Adams, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Bridgette Myles, Niagara Falls Water Board; and Regina Seetahal, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The scholarship was established in memory of Lucy Grassano, an active supporter of the association and a former administrative assistant with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the news release says. A committee was established to choose scholarship winners who exemplified Grassano’s dedication to serving the public and their colleagues. The committee plans to raise additional funds to perpetuate the scholarship. Contributions to the scholarship fund can be mailed to NYWEA — Lucy Grassano Account, Executive Office, 525 Plum St., Suite 102, Syracuse, NY 13204.  
From left, Regina Seetahal, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation accepts her scholarship at NYWEA’s 2010 Annual Meeting from Robert Adamski, member of New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) and vice president of municipal infrastructure programs for Gannett Fleming. Photo courtesy of Keneck Skibinksi, WEF member. Click for larger image.

Two Organizations Receive NBP EMS Certification

/assets/0/86/108/668/773/21909/24160/45cf8c6e-558c-4b7c-a18a-699c2500b81c.jpg The City of Wyoming (Mich.) Clean Water Plant and the City of Mankato, Minn., became the 27th and 28th organizations in the United States to be certified and admitted to the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP; Alexandria, Va.) environmental management system (EMS) for biosolids program. Wyoming is the second organization in Michigan to receive the certification, and Mankato is the first organization in Minnesota to receive the certification.

The achievement recognizes that both cities have effective biosolids environmental management systems. Currently, 100 organizations participate in the NBP EMS program

Upcoming WEF Specialty Conferences

Residuals and Biosolids

May 23–26, Savannah, Ga.

Learn more about beneficial-use options, science, and technologies currently available to leverage biosolids as a valuable resource. Get the latest on heat and power production, nutrient recovery, use of treated biosolids as a carbon-rich soil amendment, and more.

Membrane Applications

June 6–9, Anaheim, Calif.

This conference offers the latest research and experience in the design and operation of membrane treatment systems for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants — focusing on tertiary membrane filtration, membrane bioreactors, and nonfiltration and reverse-osmosis applications. Register by May 5 to secure the super-saver rate.

Collection Systems

June 13–16, Phoenix

Find out how national collection systems practitioners set priorities and implement long- and short-range plans while competing for dwindling funding resources. Emphasis will be placed on system operations, specific project-related experiences, and case studies. Register by May 12 to secure the super-saver rate.

Biofilm Reactor Technology

Aug. 15–18, Portland, Ore.

The conference will provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, review recent advances in biofilm reactor technologies, and assess the impact of biofilms on natural and engineered processes in water and wastewater treatment. The conference will focus on linking practical application with basic sciences. Register by July 14 to secure the super-saver rate.

Exhibit at a WEF Specialty Conference

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) specialty conferences provide an excellent opportunity to connect with water and wastewater audiences. If you are interested in exhibiting at a conference, contact Sarah Evans at sevans@wef.org or (703) 684-2400, ext. 7739. 


Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members

  • Jerry Lastihenos, member since Jan. 1, 1965, New York Water Environment Association.
 Life Member - Lastihenos
Photo courtesy of Jerry Lastihenos.
  • John T. Morris, member since Jan. 1, 1975, California Water Environment Association.
Life Member -Morris
Photo courtesy of John T. Morris.
  • Edward N. Nazaretian, member since Jan. 1, 1975, New England Water Environment Association and New Jersey Water Environment Association.
 Life Member -Nazaretian
Photo courtesy of Edward N. Nazaretian.


  • Wayne A. Mather, member since Jan. 1, 1975, Florida Water Environment Association.

WEF Offers International Exhibiting Opportunities

 International Exhibits -WETEX  
For those with business development plans that include the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) offers the opportunity to exhibit with WEF International Pavilions at the Water, Energy Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX); the International Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse, Recycling, and Natural Energy Sources (IFAT) China and China Water Show; IFAT — International Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse and Recycling; and a show in Latin America with details to be determined. These opportunities offer cost-effective direct marketing opportunities for equipment manufacturers and service providers at major water and wastewater shows around the world.

WEF Pavilion at the IFAT China and China Water Show 2010
The IFAT China and China Water Show 2010 are now co-located. The show will take place May 5–7 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center in Shanghai, China. This annual event is set to be the leading platform for the environmental industry in China and Asia.

WEF would like to acknowledge the following companies scheduled to exhibit at the WEF Pavilion at IFAT China and China Water Show:

  • Bio-Microbics Inc. (Shawnee, Kan.).
  • DuraFlow LLC (Tewksbury, Mass.).
  • Infilco Degremont (Richmond, Va.).

For pavilion brochure, benefits, show reports, exhibitor lists, show hours, floor plans, or more information, see www.wef.org/internationalpavilion, or contact Laila Sukkariyyah at lsukkariyyah@wef.org, (703) 684-2458, or (703) 650-8516 (mobile).

Upcoming Stormwater Seminar

Learn how nonpoint source pollution, wet weather management, regulatory compliance, and funding can be addressed when considering the creation of a stormwater utility at the upcoming Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) seminar “Weathering the Storm: Is This the Right Time for You To Form a Stormwater Utility?” The seminar will be held May 18 at the Crowne Plaza Old Town, Alexandria, Va. Contact hours or Continuing Education Units can be earned. Register by April 23 to secure the super-saver rate. 

Upcoming WEFMAX Meetings

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) House of Delegate members and Member Association (MA) leaders are invited to attend the WEFMAX meetings April 8–9 at the Westin in Alexandria; May 6–7 at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland; or May 13–14 at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.

The 2010 MA Leaders Summit will be held in conjunction with the WEFMAX meeting at the Westin in Alexandria. This event, taking place April 7, will provide a day of learning opportunities for MA leaders.

Volunteers and Sponsors Needed for Boy Scouts Jamboree

For the fourth time, the Public Communication and Outreach Committee of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is sponsoring an exhibit as part of the Conservation Trail at the 2010 Boy Scouts of America (Irving, Texas) Jamboree, which will be held July 26 to Aug. 4 at Fort A.P. Hill in Bowling Green, Va.

WEF’s 2005 exhibit helped educate the more than 15,000 scouts on the importance of water quality, highlighting watersheds, wastewater infrastructure needs, prevention of sewer overflows from oil and grease clogs, and biosolids.
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WEF volunteers pose on pipes that were a part of an educational exhibit at the 2001 Boy Scout Jamboree. Click for larger image. 
This year, which marks the 100th anniversary of Scouting, WEF is seeking volunteers to help educate and talk to scouts at its “Nature’s Way” exhibit, which will consist of five interactive water quality stations. WEF also is accepting sponsorship contributions to fund WEF’s commemorative hatpin, T-shirts, and other give-aways. Interested sponsors or volunteers should contact Steve Harrison at SHarrison@wef.org or (703) 684-2400, ext. 7715.

WEF Releases 2009 Journal of the U.S. SJWP

/assets/0/86/108/668/773/21909/24160/8d473aa2-8a59-4cb0-b690-b536aabb93c0.jpg   The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) released the fourth annual Journal of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP). The journal shares ideas of young scientists and provides students with experience in scientific writing and publication. The publication features eight papers, including those of the 2009 U.S. winner, Eileen Jang of North Carolina, and U.S. finalists Li Boynton of Texas and Collin McAliley of Florida.

WEF sponsors the U.S. SJWP with support from ITT Corp. (White Plains, N.Y.), The Coca-Cola Co. (Atlanta), and Delta Air Lines (Atlanta). The 2010 U.S. SJWP competition, sponsored by the Missouri Water Environment Association (Jefferson City), will take place June 17–20 in St. Louis. 

Apply Now for the 2010 WERF Paul L. Busch Award

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.) through the Endowment for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research is offering the Paul L. Busch Award for $100,000 to pursue groundbreaking research.

The award, now in its 10th year, is presented an individual or team working on topics such as wastewater, water reuse, biosolids, stormwater, and watersheds. The annual award supports researchers working to solve water quality and supply issues such as harnessing new forms of energy to ensure the adaptability of wastewater treatment systems, according to a WERF news release. Utilities, universities, environmental firms, and others conducting water quality research or engineering work are encouraged to apply. Applicants may self-nominate or be nominated by a third party. The deadline for application submissions is June 1.