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June 2010, Vol. 47, No. 5

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Find WEFTEC® 2010 Events To Attend in the Digital Conference Announcement

Conference Announcement Get the inside scoop on WEFTEC® 2010 with the digital version of the WEFTEC 2010 Conference Announcement, which provides a summary of the educational, business, and networking opportunities available during this year’s technical conference in New Orleans, Oct. 2–6. The conference announcement can help attendees choose from 35 workshops and 112 technical sessions to meet their personal education and training needs. At WEFTEC 2010, attendees can earn up to 1.2 Continuing Education Units at workshops, 17.5 Professional Development Hours at technical sessions, and 8 contact hours a day for time spent visiting the exhibition.

Follow workshop and session links on any page of the digital announcement to connect instantly to My WEFTEC Planner. Through the planner, search for workshops, technical sessions, exhibitors, events, tours, and committee meetings, and add them to your personalized WEFTEC schedule. You can print your personalized schedule, save it as a Microsoft Word document or CSV file, or create an account to save it online. Log in anytime to make changes, and access it at the conference through WEFTEC 2010 E-Services.

Highlights From the WEFTEC® 2010 Technical Program

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Photo courtesy of Denny Parker

AEESP Lecture: Technology and Innovation
Attend the AEESP lecture scheduled for Monday, Oct. 4, 10:30 a.m.–noon, featuring Denny Parker, senior vice president and director of technology for Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, Calif.). Parker’s presentation — “Introduction of New Process Technology Into the Wastewater Treatment Sector” — draws on examples from his 40-year career and covers his views on innovation in our industry, including high-purity oxygen activated sludge, the flocculator clarifier, the trickling filter solids contact process, the membrane bioreactor process, and the moving-bed biofilm reactor process. Case studies fit a classic “S” curve and show that success of new technologies is dependent on funding for research, availability of early adopters, transparency of information through credible technology assessments, marketing and market forces, and the central role of the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) and Water Environment Research Foundation (Alexandria, Va.) in providing information networks.
Companion Workshops: W105, Optimizing Biological Nutrient Removal Operations, and W206, Activated Sludge and BNR Process Control 
WEFTEC2010 Receive a joint workshop discount when you register for Workshop 105 (W105), scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., and Workshop 206 (W206), scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. by selecting the code W301 on your WEFTEC registration form.

During W105, speakers will walk attendees through a hands-on analysis of the key factors in optimizing the operation of nitrification, denitrification, biological phosphorus removal, and clarification processes at biological nutrient removal (BNR) facilities. The next day, at W206, presenters will cover activated sludge/BNR basics and then focus on solving the practical design and operations problems that have plagued many systems. Process control parameters, sidestream considerations, and tips for identifying microorganisms and establishing a healthy biomass will all be part of the day’s demonstrations.  

WEF Board of Trustees Adopts Wet Weather Position Statement

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Board of Trustees adopted the “Management of Wet Weather Flows by Municipal Utilities” position statement on April 30. The statement encourages the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a comprehensive strategy and provide practical guidance that would allow municipalities to manage wet weather flows in a holistic manner. WEF is offering to partner with EPA to develop this strategy and related guidance. On May 20, WEF met with EPA representatives to review the key points in the statement and discuss how to work with the agency in developing a national wet weather policy. 

2010 SJWP State Winners Announced

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) announces the 2010 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP). The finalists, selected from science competitions nationwide by WEF Member Associations, qualify for the national competition, hosted by the Missouri Water Environment Association, and will be heading to St. Louis with their science teachers to compete June 17–20.

SJWPThe U.S. winner will receive a $3000 scholarship and a trip to Stockholm, Sweden, for the international competition, as well as the opportunity to present the winning research to water quality experts at WEFTEC® 2010. In addition, the U.S. winner’s school will receive $1000 toward enhancing science education in the classroom. Up to three finalists will each receive a $1000 scholarship. WEF and its Member Associations organize the U.S. regional, state, and regional SJWP competitions with support from ITT Corp. (White Plains, N.Y.), The Coca-Cola Co. (Atlanta), and Delta Air Lines (Atlanta).

The international competition will be held during World Water Week, Sept. 5–11. The international winner will receive $5000. 

Summer Boot Camp — Webcast on Public Communications

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) will offer a three-course primer on becoming a better public communicator with the webcast “Summer Boot Camp — for Public Communications.” From targeting audiences to responding to crises, to learning from water experts on the front line and cutting-edge of public communication, participants will receive a comprehensive lesson in communication for the water and wastewater industry.

The three sessions, scheduled for June 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. (EDT), June 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. (EDT), and July 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. (EDT),are available for the single price of $155 for members and $195 for nonmembers. Participate in any or all three sessions and receive a DVD recording of any of the sessions you can’t attend.  

WEF Offers TPU, Webcast on Codigestion of Organic Wastes

A free technical practice update (TPU) is available to members of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) this month. The TPU, Direct Addition of High-Strength Organic Waste to Municipal Wastewater Anaerobic Digesters, was developed by members of WEF’s Municipal Wastewater Treatment Design Committee and Residuals and Biosolids Committee to provide an overview of the potential benefits and challenges of direct codigestion of high-strength organic wastes with municipal wastewater sludge.

A corresponding live webcast, “Codigestion of Organic Wastes at Wastewater Treatment Plants,” will be held July 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. (EDT). In the webcast, TPU authors will elaborate on the topics discussed in the document, with a focus on design and analysis. This webcast will enable those interested in this topic to interact and share their experiences with the authors.

A related preconference workshop at WEFTEC® 2010, titled “Waste to Resource: Crafting Forward Thinking and Pragmatic Approaches,” will focus on energy and nutrient recovery from wastewater sludge. Workshop participants will learn the current state of information, available strategies, and triple-bottom-line assessment of alternatives. 

Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members

  • Patrick G. Hunt, member since Jan. 1, 1971, Federal Water Quality Association.
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Photo courtesy of Parick Hunt
  • Charles Button, member since Jan. 1, 1969, New England Water Environment Association.
  • Stephen M. Bennett, member since Jan. 1, 1969, Chesapeake Water Environment Association.
  • Marvin L. Logsdon, member since Jan. 1, 1969, Kentucky/Tennessee Water Environment Association.

Upcoming WEF Conferences

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.

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.

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 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. 

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. Advanced preparation of how to continue providing 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 U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency will hold a series of general awareness trainings on water-sector interdependencies on the following dates:

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

MA Winners Invited To Compete in WEF Student Paper Competition

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) student members who are in either an undergraduate or master’s program and have competed and won first place in a Member Association (MA) annual paper competition have the opportunity to compete in WEF’s Student Paper Competition. The deadline for submissions is July 1, and MAs are encouraged to submit their winner(s). Winners receive a certificate and $500. Students participating are invited to showcase their work in the WEFTEC Poster Symposium. For more information, see the submission guidelines, or contact competition subcommittee chair Chris Wilson at cwilson@greeley-hansen.com or WEF staff member Dianne Crilley at dcrilley@wef.org.  

ABC Calls for Award Nominations

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) training and certification committees, as well as their local sections or associations, are invited to make nominations for the following Association of Boards of Certification (ABC; Ames, Iowa) awards:

  • The Harris F. Seidel Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding lifetime contribution toward advancing the cause of certifying environmental professionals.
  • The Certification Program Award, presented to a member certifying authority in recognition of outstanding contribution toward establishing or advancing the certification of environmental professionals. 
  • The Robert C. McAnespie Outstanding Certification Officer Award,presented to a member certification officer in recognition of outstanding contribution toward establishing or advancing certification.
  • The Jess Jones Excellence in Service Award, presented to one or more volunteers or groups of volunteers in recognition of outstanding service to ABC.

Written nominations describing the nominee’s contributions that warrant consideration for the award are due by June 30. Click here for more information.