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. 

September 2010, Vol. 47, No. 7

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WEF Member Dedication Results in Forming of IWEA

Member volunteers have lasting impact on WEF and Illinois water professionals

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From left, Gregory Cargill, Lou Kollias, Chuck Corley, Ted Denning, and Larry Ziemba gather together at the 2008 IWEA Annual Conference. Photo courtesy of Cargill. Click for larger image.
Five Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) members have made a big splash in Illinois.

Ted Denning, Larry Ziemba, Gregory Cargill, Lou Kollias, and Chuck Corley met each other while working at the Chicago office of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) shortly after the agency was formed in July 1970. Each of these environmental professionals was at the beginning his career and eagerly looking for a way to make a difference, Cargill said.

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D.C. Utility Adopts New Name and Logo

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority now goes by the new name DC Water. Known as DC WASA since becoming an independent authority of the District of Columbia in 1996, it launched a rebranding campaign by unveiling the new name and logo in June.

The new logo features the name, a water drop, and the tagline “Water is Life.” The tagline notes the importance of water in the Washington, D.C., community, and the new name and logo encompass all aspects of the authority’s activities, according to a DC Water news release.

“We wanted to project a fresh image of an open, accountable, trustworthy water agency to go along with the changes in management and programs that the authority has experienced in the last few months,” said Alan Heymann, DC Water director of public affairs. The new name and logo colors and design appeal more to the average citizen, he said.  
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From left, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, DC Water General Manager George S. Hawkins, and DC Water Board Chairman William M. Walker stand in front of the DC Water sign with the new logo at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy of DC Water. Click for larger image.

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Prepare for WEFTEC 2010: Get All the Information You Need Here

 /assets/0/86/108/668/773/21909/24694/5bb2aa40-93da-4fe1-9390-7e89c1a0d129.jpg  Connect with thousands of water and wastewater professionals at North America’s largest water quality event, WEFTEC® 2010, Oct. 2 to 6 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. The 83rd annual technical conference of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) enables attendees to learn about the latest water quality research, technology, and services through 112 technical sessions, 35 workshops, six facility tours, and an exhibition floor with more than 800 exhibitors. View the online WEFTEC 2010 video for an overview of the conference, and see FAQs for more information.

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From the President: Shifting the Vision of Water Professionals

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Paul Freedman, 2009–2010 WEF President.
During my years as a Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) officer, I have traveled across North America and around the globe, meeting and talking with water professionals. Often, I am asked what these experiences have taught me. So, for my final Highlights column, I thought I should share a few reflections.

I have found that water professionals are a special breed, no matter where you go. Our fellow professionals are dedicated to public service, protecting public health and the environment. They are inspired by the challenge of turning waste and pollution into valuable resources. Maybe that is why I have found water professionals to be the most open, friendly, and fun group of people. I especially have enjoyed and have been honored to travel as your president. 

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Jim Cox Joins WEF as Biosolids Program Director

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) welcomes Jim Cox in the new position of Biosolids Program director.

In this role, Cox also will serve as project manager for the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP; Alexandria, Va.). Cox will lead the implementation of new initiatives that will enable WEF and NBP to better serve the biosolids community.  

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In Memoriam: Robert F. Roskopf, Former WEF Treasurer

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Photo courtesy of Chris Roskopf.
Robert F. Roskopf, of Minnetonka, Minn., member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) since 1964, and WEF treasurer from 1991 to 1994, died July 9 at the age of 71 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

“Bob was a good man in every sense of the word, who always set a good example for those around him, both in his work life and his home life,” said his wife, Chris Roskopf. “He was glad to serve his professional organization, and we both felt it was a privilege to represent WEF as we traveled around to various meetings.” 

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