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December 2010, Vol. 46, No. 10

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Hiking for Water

Father and son hike Appalachian Trail, raise money for water infrastructure

Hike - White Mountains Small On April 5, Steven Spydell started a remarkable journey that combined his lifelong goal of hiking the Appalachian Trail with his passion, clean water. Spydell, a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) since 1992 and sewer utility superintendent for the City of Independence, Mo., decided to use the 5-month trip to raise money for Water For People (WFP; Denver) and raise awareness of the importance of clean drinking water in developing countries.

“It’s basically my way of trying to help organizations who help people rise in their standard of living,” Spydell said.
Steven Spydell on the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains, N.H. Photo courtesy of Spydell. Click for larger image.


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WEFTEC 2010 — WEF Introduces New Leaders

WEFTEC® 2010, held Oct. 2–6 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, provided 17,515 attendees with access to a high-quality technical program of 112 technical sessions, 33 workshops, and a record-breaking 27,433 m2 (295,295 ft2) of exhibition booth space. This year’s exhibition exceeded the previous record set at WEFTEC 2008 in Chicago by more than 530 net m2 (5700 net ft2). See the WEFTEC 2010 photo gallery and the December issue of WE&T for more on featured WEFTEC events.

At WEFTEC 2010, attendees were introduced to the following new leaders, including a new president, officers, board of trustees members, and committee chairs and vice chairs.

2010-2011 Board of Trustees
Front row from left, Chris Browning, Matt Bond, Jeanette Brown, Paul Freedman, and Cordell Samuels. Back row from left, Paul Schuler, Kartik Chandran, Scott Cummings, Sandra Ralston, Terry Krause, Deborah Houdeshell, Scott Trotter, Betty Jordan, Edward McCormick, John Hart, Paul Bowen, Rick Warner. Photo courtesy of Oscar Einzig Photography.


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Announcing the 2010 WEF Excellence Award Winners

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has announced the winners of the 2010 WEF Excellence Awards that recognize excellence and achievement in the water environment profession. The awards were presented at the WEF Awards and Presidential Celebration during WEFTEC® 2010 in New Orleans.

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Virginia Teams Sweep 2010 Operations Challenge Competition

Operations Challenge Photo
Click on the photo above to see a slideshow of the event, and see the December issue of WE&T for more information.

Excitement filled the air at the 2010 Operations Challenge Competition, held Oct. 4 and 5 during WEFTEC® 2010 in New Orleans. This year, two Virginia Water Environment Association teams took first place in divisions 1 and 2.  

In Division 1, Terminal Velocity — Donnie Cagle, Paul Cubilla, Stephen Motley, Jason Truitt, and coach Bobby Williams — received first-place trophies in the Safety, Collection Systems, and Laboratory events and obtained a 100-point lead over its competitors. LA Wrecking Crew from the California Water Environment Association took second, and the Seacoast Sewer Snakes from the New England Water Environment Association took third in Division 1.

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Volunteers Dig In at WEFTEC 2010 To Build Bioswales

On Oct. 2, approximately 75 Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) volunteers rolled up their sleeves to build bioswales during WEFTEC® 2010 in New Orleans. The WEFTEC service project, Bioswales in the Bayou, included a service aspect and a community outreach event, the Water Carnival.

For the service portion of the project, the volunteers constructed bioswales by planting vegetation and laying down gravel and soil. The bioswales — which will remove silt and pollutants from runoff and help mitigate flooding — were constructed in the Lower Ninth Ward, a neighborhood near the Mississippi River that was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The group Global Green USA (Santa Monica, Calif.) is working to rebuild the community with low-impact and sustainable design elements.

Service Project Final
Click on the photo above to see an audio slideshow about the event.


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NOAA Provides Climate Data for a Variety of Audiences

See this month’s online resource, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Service Portal, which provides information about everything from current and forecasted weather conditions to analysis of climatic impacts on various aspects of life. 
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