|Click above to view the online WEFTEC 2010 video providing an overview of the conference.
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.
Tradeshow Week named WEFTEC the 74th largest trade show in the nation for 2009. In 2008, the conference was listed as the 78th largest trade show. Compiled annually, the list of 200 U.S. trade expositions assigns rank based on net square feet of paid exhibit space.
Watch some of the best wastewater collection and treatment personnel display their skills during Operations Challenge 2010. Teams compete in a series of five competitive events (collection systems, laboratory, maintenance, process control, and safety).
When: Tuesday, Oct. 5, 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Hall C, New Orleans Morial Convention Center
Awards Ceremony: Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
|The WEFTEC 2009 Operations Challenge event. Photo courtesy of Oscar Einzig Photography (Chicago). Click for larger image.|
Student and Young Professionals
WEF’s Student and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) hosts a variety of events during the conference. For this year’s SYPC-sponsored WEFTEC service project, “Bioswales in the Bayou,” attendees can help construct bioswales Oct. 2, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This year’s project will include a community outreach event called the Water Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To volunteer for the bioswales construction, indicate attendance on WEFTEC registration forms. To amend your registration, contact WEF’s customer service at (877) 303-0724.
Other SYPC events include the student design competition, Oct. 3, 12 to 6 p.m., and the students and young professionals networking and career fair, Oct. 4, 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Dianne Crilley at email@example.com.
|A volunteer helps out at “Wading for Wetlands,” the WEFTEC 2009 service project. Photo courtesy of Frank Crilley. Click for larger image. |
The Awards and Presidential Celebration, a ceremony recognizing the outstanding achievements of many talented and dedicated members, Member Associations, and other contributions will be held Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. Past WEF President Rebecca West will announce the awards, and WEF President Paul Freedman will pass the gavel to the 2010–2011 President Jeanette Brown. Both events will be held in the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.
Opening General Session
The Opening General Session, Oct. 4, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., features keynote speaker Steven Solomon, an esteemed economics journalist and author. Through his book Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization, Solomon provides a narrative portrait of water and the resulting power struggles, personalities, and breakthroughs that have shaped human civilizations. During the event, Solomon will share his insights about the key role water has had in the development of modern societies and the growing issues concerning scarcity and pollution that could lead to a global crisis unless we adopt more-sustainable approaches to water management.
2010 WEF Awards Featured at WEFTEC
Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) award recipients will be recognized during WEFTEC 2010 through the “Hall of Honor” display, the awards brochure distributed to all conference attendees, the Opening General Session, and an awards ceremony. During the Opening General Session, Oct. 4, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., the Public Officials Award, Presidential Recognition Award, Engelbrecht International Achievement Award, and Emerson Distinguished Service Medal will be presented to recipients.
Steven Solomon is the keynote speaker for the WEFTEC 2010 Opening General Session. Photo courtesy of BrightSight Group (Princeton, N.J.).
WEFTEC 2010 attendees and exhibitors will have the opportunity to join a digital conversation before, during, and after the conference. On Facebook, join the WEF group at http://bit.ly/weffacebook and see the WEFTEC page at http://bit.ly/weftecfacebook. Follow WEF on Twitter at http://twitter.com/WEForg and tweet about WEFTEC, marking your tweets with the hashtag #WEFTEC. Find more information about the WEFTEC 2010 online conversation at http://www.weftec.org.
Get the inside scoop on WEFTEC 2010 in the WEFTEC 2010 Conference Announcement, which provides a summary of the educational, business, and networking opportunities available during this year’s conference.
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. Log in anytime to make changes, and access it at the conference through WEFTEC 2010 E-Services.
Continuing Education Opportunities
WEFTEC attendees can earn up to 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for full participation in workshops, up to 17.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for participation in technical sessions, and Contact Hours for participation in facility tours and time spent in the exhibit hall. To receive education credits, scan your WEFTEC badge when you enter and exit a workshop, a technical session, or the exhibit hall.
Event Registration Information
Register online through the end of the conference. To register onsite at the conference, “Register Today” and “Exhibitor Registration” will be located in Hall G of the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. See the registration fees and the registration page for more information.
- Exhibit space is still available. Reserve your booth today to optimize your location. For booth selection assistance, contact Sacha Carey at WEFTECSales@wef.org or (703) 684-2434.
- Pick up badges at Express Badge Pickup counters located at the convention center and select hotels. Preregistered attendees and exhibitors who provide an e-mail address when they register will receive an e-mail confirmation after submission. Print this e-mail and bring it to pick up name badges onsite. The confirmation page will be scanned, and the badge will be printed instantly.
Take Advantage of Cutting-Edge Resources in the Bookstore
Visit the WEFTEC Bookstore to find the latest Manuals of Practice (MOPs) and other technical publications, such as WEF’s training and certification materials and Public Education and Public Communication materials on display. Look for the following new MOP titles that will be available for purchase.
Biofilm Reactors, MOP 35 covers pure fixed-film and hybrid treatment systems, providing details on their design, performance, and operational issues. It discusses factors that affect the design of various processes, design criteria and procedures, modeling techniques, equipment requirements, and construction methods. Real-world case studies illustrate the application of the technologies presented.
Nutrient Removal, MOP 34 provides information on biological and chemical methods for removing nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater. It covers environmental and regulatory issues and provides an integrated approach for combined nitrogen and phosphorus removal. Natural treatment systems also are discussed in this definitive guide.
Information Technology in Water and Wastewater Treatment Utilities, MOP 33 presents an overview of information technology (IT) systems, practices, and applications most relevant to utilities. This resource covers strategic planning, IT program development, project management, infrastructure, security, organizational issues, success factors, and challenges. Six real-world case studies highlight specific technical details and illustrate the concepts presented in this guide.
Natural Systems for Wastewater Treatment, MOP FD-16, 3rd Edition covers soil-based treatment systems and aquatic-based treatment systems. The manual, available in paperback or as an e-book, includes up-to-date information on pond effluent treatment technologies for algae removal, floating aquatic treatment using periphyton, vertical flow constructed wetlands, and reciprocating operation of subsurface constructed wetlands.
More WEFTEC Resources and Information
The global center at WEFTEC serves as the hub for international business activities, including trade delegation registration and support services for international attendees.
|The WEFTEC 2009 exhibition floor. Photo courtesy of Oscar Einzig Photography. Click for larger image.
See the Global Opportunities page for more information. WEFTEC will host international companies in country pavilions on the exhibition floor. For more information, or to register as a trade delegation, contact WEF at (703) 684-2439.
The exhibition floor is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 4 to 6. Get a head start on deciding what you want to see by viewing the floorplan.
New Orleans Hotels and Attractions
Book your transportation and housing today. Find more information about New Orleans, including local attractions, weather conditions, and conference center information, at www.neworleanscvb.com/weftec2010.
The spouse/partner/guest lounge provides a central place for family and friends accompanying WEFTEC participants to relax and enjoy refreshments. Registration is required and includes access to the lounge, exhibition, and WEFTEC hotel shuttles.
Shuttle Bus Service
Shuttle bus service between some official WEFTEC hotels and the New Orleans Morial Convention Center will be provided to all WEFTEC registrants. Final routes and schedules will be posted onsite in each hotel’s lobby and published in the conference program and exhibitor guide.
August WEFTEC 2010 Preview in WE&T:
- An interview with Opening General Session keynote speaker Steven Solomon.
- WEFTEC sessions spotlight New Orleans.
- New petroleum, petrochemical workshops slated for WEFTEC.
September WEFTEC 2010 Preview in WE&T
- Operations Challenge 2010: Teams gear up for an epic showdown in the Big Easy.
- Volunteer to make a difference in New Orleans: WEFTEC 2010 service project incorporates community outreach.
- Bringing energy to the forefront: Several technical sessions and workshops show ways that wastewater treatment plants can conserve and recover energy.
- Get the scoop on WEFTEC through tweets and posts.
Read more about the upcoming WEFTEC in articles featured in the August and September issues of WE&T.