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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.  

 
Month:   May  Year: 2011   Volume: 48  Issue:4

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Nature’s Hard-Shelled Filtration Systems
 

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Organizations work to restore bivalves, nature's water filter, to waterways 
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Nature’s water filtration system comes in a small, hard-shelled package. Bivalves, such as oysters, mussels, and clams, naturally remove suspended sediment and nutrients from waterways.

As filter feeders, bivalves filter water to find food. In the process, bivalves remove nitrogen from the water and pull suspended sediment from the water column to deposit on the waterbody floor, said Stephanie Westby, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Oyster Coordinator and Environmental Engineer. Removing nutrients from water reduces the algal blooms that can reduce lowered levels of dissolved oxygen. Removing sediments reduces clouded water and enables sunlight that is needed for the health of aquatic ecosystem to penetrate the water.

A freshwater mussel. Photo courtesy of Eric Engbretson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Click for larger image.

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Surprisingly Walkable Los Angeles
 

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WEFTEC lands just a short walk from cultural points, restaurants, landmark sites, and more

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Ask some long-time residents of Los Angeles, and they’ll respond that not having a car is not an option for living in the most populated metropolis in the United States. But for visitors to downtown L.A. — the site of the 84th Annual Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Technical Exhibition and Conference, WEFTEC® 2011 — immense changes have made this once desolate neighborhood one of the most walkable areas in the country.

“The downtown has really improved tremendously,” said Jim Clark, senior vice president and managing director of Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.) and local resident of more than 35 years. Clark is on the WEFTEC Advisory Committee and serves as the California WEF member of the planning committee. Fifteen years ago, “nobody even wanted to walk in that part of town,” but locals are now referring to it as a “mini Times Square,” Clark said.

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) released a new Manual of Practice (MOP) last year that provides in-depth scientific information on nutrient removal topics. Nutrient Removal, MOP 34 includes information taken from a previous WEF special publication published in 1998 that has been improved and built on, according to Bruce Johnson, task force chair for the MOP and project manager at CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.).

“This [book] is meant to be more of a scientific basis for nutrient removal,” Johnson said. “The main use of this is understanding the theory behind nutrient removal so that people can be more effective at designing nutrient removal systems.” 

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Nature’s Hard-Shelled Filtration Systems
 

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Nature’s water filtration system comes in a small, hard-shelled package. Bivalves, such as oysters, mussels, and clams, naturally remove suspended sediment and nutrients from waterways.

As filter feeders, bivalves filter water to find food. In the process, bivalves remove nitrogen from the water and pull suspended sediment from the water column to deposit on the waterbody floor, said Stephanie Westby, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Oyster Coordinator and Environmental Engineer. Removing nutrients from water reduces the algal blooms that can reduce lowered levels of dissolved oxygen. Removing sediments reduces clouded water and enables sunlight that is needed for the health of aquatic ecosystem to penetrate the water.

A freshwater mussel. Photo courtesy of Eric Engbretson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Click for larger image. 


Oyster Populations in Decline
Research on oyster ecology and biology began years ago, primarily because of their commercial value, said Catherine Gatenby, project leader at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery.

One area of focus for oyster research and restoration has been Chesapeake Bay, where the oyster population has declined to about 1% of its historic levels, Westby said. The oyster variety populating saltwater and brackish water along the East Coast is Crassostrea virginica. Overfishing, oyster disease, and poor water quality all have contributed to decline of this oyster in the bay and continue to threaten remaining populations.

Like other bivalves, the oyster cannot swim to avoid a plume of polluted water and will die if dissolved-oxygen levels drop too low or if levels of sediment overwhelm and bury the reefs. And as the oysters decline, the ecological benefits they provide decline as well, Westby said. “And interestingly, the oysters can be a part of the solution,” she said. “They’re a victim of the water quality, but can also be a help if we get to some critical mass.”

Quantifying Benefits of Oysters
“One adult oyster can filter up to about 50 gallons [189 L] of water a day,” Westby said. In addition to filtration, an oyster reef provides habitat for other aquatic species, increasing diversity and health of ecosystems, she added.

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Spat on shell restoration efforts by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF; Annapolis, Md.). Photo courtesy of CBF. Click for larger image.

A recent study by researchers from the Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) measured oysters’ filtration capacity. Researchers measured nutrient contents in the oysters’ tissues and shells at various sizes, according to an American Society of Agronomy (Madison, Wis.) news release.

The study, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, determined that commercial oyster farms harvesting 1 million 76-mm Crassostrea virginica oysters can remove 132 kg of nitrogen, 19 kg of phosphorus, and 3823 kg of carbon. While these amounts are only “a small percentage of the total nutrient reductions needed to achieve Bay water-quality goals,” these offsets on a per-area basis remove a large quantity of nutrients compared to agriculture best management practices and other efforts to control nonpoint source pollution, the study report says.

Numerous Efforts To Restore Oyster Populations
“There is a strong understanding of [oysters’] true ecological value, the water filtration and habitat function,” Westby said. “The focus of the oyster restoration effort is to try to get them back in the water as the natural filters that they are.” There also is a hope to create a sustainable harvest for oysters, primarily through the oyster farms that provide both the economic and environmental benefits.

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“There’s an extensive restoration effort going on in the sanctuary areas to rebuild the reefs, plant them with oysters and not fish them,” Westby said. NOAA distributes funding to rebuild and restock reefs with oysters and has created a benthic mapping program that maps the floor of various tributaries to help determine locations suitable for oyster restoration, she added.

Left, concrete reef structures, called reef balls, are coated with oyster larvae and planted in sanctuaries as a part of CBF’s oyster restoration efforts. Right, one of CBF’s reef balls coated with oysters after being in the water several months. Photos courtesy of CBF. Click for larger images. 

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF; Annapolis, Md.) is another organization working on oyster restoration in the bay. CBF plants juvenile oysters that have attached to shells and concrete reef structures containing oyster larvae in sanctuaries, creates intertidal oyster shoreline, engages volunteers, and promotes aquaculture. The organization involves the community by collecting shells for its program from local restaurants and involving citizens in an oyster gardening program in which members of the public are provided with cages containing spat to help grow the oysters off their waterfront property.

“Restoration is slow but moving in the right direction,” said Tommy Leggett, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Oyster Restoration and Fisheries scientist. “Oysters are developing disease tolerance, the oyster fishery is somewhat stabilized in Virginia, and oyster aquaculture is assuming more of the role in production, taking pressure off of the wild resource.” 


Another Powerful Bivalve
The freshwater mussel is another notable bivalve, providing many of the same ecological services and facing many of the same threats as oysters.

Freshwater mussels filter 1 to 3 L of water an hour every day, Gatenby said. And mussels located in an 8-km (5-mi) stretch of river in southeastern Pennsylvania were estimated to remove 24 ton (26 Mg) of silt from the waterway a year, she said.

There are about 300 species of mussels in North America, but 70% of these are in decline, and many are endangered because of chronic and excess sediment in rivers, pollution and excess nutrients, and habitat loss from building dams, Gatenby said. In areas such as the Great Lakes, the invasive zebra mussel also is a concern because it outcompetes local species for food.

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Fish and Wildlife Service employees on a gravel island in the Ohio River study samples of freshwater mussel shells. Photo courtesy of John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Click for larger image.
Working To Restore Mussel Species
Restoration efforts for mussels include habitat restoration by rebuilding the riparian zone, cleaning pollution, conducting additional research about mussels to find the best ways for restoration, and propagating mussels in hatcheries, and reintroducing them in the wild, Gatenby said. The goal of restoration efforts is to create “a self-sustaining system” where the mussels naturally recolonize waterways and reproduce in the wild.
 
 Bivalves- Ohio River SmallFor one restoration project, 16,000 mussels were rescued from an Allegheny River bridge demolition. More than 5000 of these mussels were taken to the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery while the others were relocated to different portions of the Allegheny River, as well as the Monongahela, Elk, and Ohio rivers. After the bridge was replaced and the waterway was deemed suitable habitat, some of those mussels were placed back under the bridge. Even though the mussels were moved far offsite for broader-scale conservation, they are thriving and recolonizing other areas.

“We’re working with all of our partners to raise awareness and educate folks that it’s not just about endangered species,” Gatenby said. “It’s about ecological function.”   
The Ohio River, running between Ohio and West Virginia, provides habitat for endangered mussels. Photo courtesy of Craig Stihler, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Click for larger image.  

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Surprisingly Walkable Los Angeles
 

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Ask some long-time residents of Los Angeles, and they’ll respond that not having a car is not an option for living in the most populated metropolis in the United States. But for visitors to downtown L.A. — the site of the 84th Annual Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Technical Exhibition and Conference, WEFTEC® 2011 — immense changes have made this once desolate neighborhood one of the most walkable areas in the country.

“The downtown has really improved tremendously,” said Jim Clark, senior vice president and managing director of Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.) and local resident of more than 35 years. Clark is on the WEFTEC Advisory Committee and serves as the California WEF member of the planning committee. Fifteen years ago, “nobody even wanted to walk in that part of town,” but locals are now referring to it as a “mini Times Square,” Clark said.

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WEFTEC® 2011 will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Photo courtesy of Tom and Michele Grimm. Click for larger image.
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“Los Angeles has more walkable neighborhoods than people think,” said Matt Lerner, chief technical officer of Seattle-based WalkScore.com, an online search tool used for analyzing the pedestrian-friendly attributes of any physical address. Three million scores are generated daily, and more than 6000 Web sites use WalkScore, which ranks downtown Los Angeles the most walkable of all neighborhoods in the metropolis — despite preconceived notions about the city as a whole.

When WalkScore launched in 2007, “Los Angeles was one of the most commented on and discussed cities,” Lerner said. “Myth is stronger than reality.”

“You don’t have to have a car to move around Los Angeles now,” said Gary Lee Moore, city engineer with the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering.

According to Moore, “any type of food is within a mile” of downtown Los Angeles, and it’s “the infusion of restaurants” that has made the neighborhood vibrant. “The diversity of Los Angeles is reflected in the one-of-a-kind unique restaurants,” he said.

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Above, a view of the L.A. Live campus and the downtown Los Angeles skyline. Photo courtesy of LA Inc., the Los Angeles Convention and and Visitors Bureau. Left,view of downtown Los Angeles from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Photo courtesy of David Giron. Click for larger images.
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Los Angeles Convention Center. Photo courtesy of LA Inc., the Los Angeles Convention and and Visitors Bureau. Click for larger image.

For those attending WEFTEC 2011, the WalkScore.com’s ratings and testimonials are sure to hold water. Landmarks populate the Convention Center and financial district area, where most of the city’s hotels are situated.

Clark noted that the Grammy Museum and the Walt Disney Concert Hall are a short walk from downtown. There also is the Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, which has numerous “well-knowns” interred in the basement, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion — the former site of the Academy Awards.

The new concert hall is actually part of the Music Center, a pivotal feature of the new L.A. LIVE campus and what inspires thoughts and sentiments of Times Square. A mecca of dining, nightlife, and entertainment, L.A. LIVE features clubs, theaters, concert venues, and the Staples Center, home of the L.A. Lakers basketball games.
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A view of downtown Los Angeles and the Staples Center at night. Photo courtesy of LA INC., the Los Angeles Convention and and Visitors Bureau. Click for larger image.

Buzzing With Amenities
The whole downtown area “is a beehive,” according to Carol Martinez, vice president of communications for LA INC., the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau. There are numerous one-of-a-kind coffee shops, Starbucks, ATMs, and great opportunities for fueling up. Conveniences of note include The Colburn School Café on South Grand Avenue, Ralph’s Grocery Store on Flower Street, and The Original Pantry restaurant, open 24 hours, on Figueroa Street. This “coffee shop of yesterday” boasts a line on weekend mornings, Martinez said. 

There’s also great shopping — the 100 block Fashion District is nearby — and for aesthetic enthusiasts, access the Downtown Art Walk, a free, self-guided public art tour. Those who arrive in town before the conference begins, take note: The Art Walk Lounge offers complimentary refreshments, giveaways, and a special art exhibit on Thursdays.

Visitors who are craving outdoors-time on a break or in between tours of the Orange County Water District’s Groundwater Replenishment System (former Water Factory 21), Hyperion Treatment Plant, the West Basin’s Water Recycling Facility, and the City of Los Angeles’ Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plant, can find diversions on South Olive Street. A short walk from hotels on South Olive Street or a $0.35 DASH bus from the Convention Center, is Angel’s Knoll, a manicured park featured in the film “500 Days of Summer.” The funicular railway Angel’s Flight, for a $0.25 fare, will take passengers to the Grand Central Market, where there are meals, fruit, and more for putting together a picnic in this scenic pocket park overlooking the city’s majestic buildings, Martinez said.

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The funicular railway Angel's Flight will take passengers to the Grand Central Market in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of LA INC., the Los Angeles Convention and and Visitors Bureau. Click for larger image.
Have an interest in the downtown’s municipal features? Next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A. LIVE is a large fountain that actually is part of the Department of Water and Power’s air-conditioning system.

But if it’s urban exploration and other neighborhoods visitors want to see, and they would rather a have quick lift, a short ride on a Downtown DASH to Olvera Street will bring conference-goers to L.A. City Hall, which is featured in countless films and widely used in television production. There also are bazaarlike market stalls in this area, which is the oldest part of town. Buses also go to Chinatown, Little Tokyo, and other famous neighborhoods.

Moore credits the Business Improvement District, as well as the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, for all of the pedestrian-friendly improvements. “It’s all about a great visitor experience … we continue to evolve and want to do more,” he said, noting that the future of L.A. includes greater ”bikeability” and redevelopment of public access and recreation along the Los Angeles River, where the City of Angels was originally founded.

 

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WEF MOP Series: Detailing the Science Behind Nutrient Removal in MOP 34
 

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) released a new Manual of Practice (MOP) last year that provides in-depth scientific information on nutrient removal topics. Nutrient Removal, MOP 34 includes information taken from a previous WEF special publication published in 1998 that has been improved and built on, according to Bruce Johnson, task force chair for the MOP and project manager at CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.).

“This [book] is meant to be more of a scientific basis for nutrient removal,” Johnson said. “The main use of this is understanding the theory behind nutrient removal so that people can be more effective at designing nutrient removal systems.”


While several state regulations and recommendations exist for achieving nutrient removal, they often are not much use for utilities. Different wastewater treatment facilities have different challenges and need different solutions. The new MOP provides the science behind nutrient removal solutions, so readers can understand risks and benefits of providing their own solutions, which is different from the “cookbook approach,” Johnson explained.

To find the best solution, Johnson recommends using a typical set of approaches as a basis and then modifying that solution to find one’s own unique approach, he said. Having an understanding of the processes and science behind nutrient removal is important when people are looking to optimize facilities and trying to achieve low levels of nutrients in wastewater effluent. This book provides this understanding, Johnson said.

The publication devotes one chapter each to two new topics, side-stream nitrogen-removal technologies and nutrient-removal modeling.

The peer-reviewed publication “was almost entirely written by practicing engineers,” Johnson said. “So they have stated these scientific principles in a way that engineers and, hopefully operations people, can understand and use a lot more directly.” Johnson estimates that 40 reviewers went through the publication to make sure everyone agreed on the content, which gives the publication credence and supports the fact that “what we’re talking about in here is the best accepted practices in our industry right now.”
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Bruce Johnson, the task force chair for Nutrient Removal, Manual of Practice 34. Photo courtesy of Johnson.


“This is one of the first books that … holistically describes how engineers approach nutrient removal,” Johnson said. The book details the best tools available for approaching nutrient removal for a comprehensive and complete strategy, he added. “I think it’s applicable to everyone who wants to really understand how nutrient removal [is accomplished] — whether it’s a utility trying to optimize its plant, an engineer trying to figure out the best approach to designing a facility, or a student trying to understand the basics behind nutrient removal,” he said.

The publication was a best-seller at WEFTEC® 2010. Purchase your own copy today.   

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World Water Monitoring Day Announces Winners of Second Annual Water Champions Awards
 

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The Asian group Water Champion SMK Teloi Kanan Nature Club. Photo courtesy of Frances Lucraft, Development Programme Coordinator at the International Water Association. Click for larger image.  

On March 22, in honor of United Nations’ World Water Day, recipients of the World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) second annual Water Champion awards were announced. The awards recognize superior levels of relevance, educational effort, support, and innovation in the promotion of water quality through the participants’ involvement in WWMD.

The program honors the outstanding efforts of eight organizations and three individual participants for outreach conducted in 2010. Award recipients by geographical region can be viewed here.

Awardees are chosen by a subcommittee of the WWMD Regional Panel of Judges, which is composed of key program sponsors and representatives from the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), the International Water Association (London), and other organizations that share clean water goals. For more information, see www.worldwatermonitoringday.org, or send an e-mail to wwmd@wef.org
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Left, the North America group Water Champion Cedarbrook Middle School. Right, the Austrailian group Water Champion Seqwater/SEQ Water Grid. Photos courtesy of Frances Lucraft, Development Programme Coordinator, International Water Association. Click for larger images.  
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Register for WEFTEC® 2011 by July 15 to receive the super-saver discount. Both registration and housing are now open for the annual Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) technical exhibition and conference, which takes place Oct. 15 to 19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  

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This year’s technical program features 115 technical sessions, 27 workshops, and eight facility tours. The exhibition will provide access to more than 1000 exhibiting companies and their technical experts showing the latest developments, research, solutions, and cutting-edge technologies.

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WEFTEC 2011 Opening General Session features keynote speaker Rita Colwell, left above, and Doc Hendley, left below. Photo left courtesy of John T. Consoli and photo right courtesy of Blanche Powell. Click for larger images.

The conference also includes an Opening General Session featuring keynote speaker Rita Colwell, the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate and specialist on waterborne diseases, and a special presentation by Doc Hendley, founder and president of Wine to Water (Boone, N.C.), an organization providing funding and support for international clean water projects. Other conference highlights include poster sessions, the student design competition, and the 24th annual Operations Challenge competition.

WEFTEC provides a wide range of topics and focus areas that enable attendees to design their own unique learning experience with the opportunity to earn continuing education credits. Complimentary registration is available for credentialed media representatives. See www.weftec.org for details. 

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) seeks submissions for abstracts, workshop proposals, and/or session proposals for the Utility Management Conference™ 2012. The conference will be held Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. The deadline for submissions is June 3. Abstracts should tie into the Ten Attributes of Effectively Managed Water Sector Utilities and the Five Keys to Management Success. In particular, utility leaders are encouraged to submit abstracts for a new conference session, the Utility Leadership Forum, in which executives will share real-world experiences and lessons learned.

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WEF Seeks Task Force Leader for Update to Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) Operation in Wastewater Treatment Plants Manual
 

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The Water Environment Federation’s (Alexandria, Va.) Technical Practice Committee is looking for an individual willing to lead the effort to update Manual of Practice No. 29, Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) Operation in Wastewater Treatment Plants. This manual was published in 2005. The manual was recently reviewed and comments received indicate that the manual is now in need of revision. The outline for the 2005 version of the manual follows:

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Overall Process ConsiderationsChapter 3: Nitrification and Denitrification
Chapter 4: Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal
Chapter 5: Combined Nutrient Removal Systems
Chapter 6: Models for Nutrient Removal
Chapter 7: Sludge Bulking and Foaming
Chapter 8: Chemical Addition and Chemical Feed Control
Chapter 9: Sludge Fermentation
Chapter 10: Solids Handling and Processing
Chapter 11: Laboratory Analysis
Chapter 12: Optimization and Troubleshooting Techniques
Chapter 13: Instrumentation and Automated Process Control

The Task Force Chair would be responsible for preparing a proposed scope of work for the project, which would include an abstract; information regarding the audience, purpose, and scope of the revised manual; a list of confirmed authors; and a book outline. The Task Force Chair’s primary responsibilities once the effort is underway are to provide direction to the authors and reviewers of the manual regarding the content of the manual, ensure that consensus-review procedures are followed and that review comments are addressed by authors, and ensure that deadlines are met so that the manual can be developed on a 20-month schedule.

If you are interested in leading this effort and will be able to work closely with WEF staff and dedicate the expertise and time to ensuring that a high-quality manual is developed according to the 20-month publication development schedule, please contact Technical Publications Manager, Lorna Ernst, with a brief resume at lernst@wef.org. Please also contact Ernst with any questions regarding publication development procedures or the role of the Task Force Chair. 

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The Water Environment Federation is developing a Wastewater Treatment Plant Design Handbook that will serve as a portable desktop companion to Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants (MOP 8). This effort is being led by Hannah Wilner of CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.). Publication for the manual is set for August 2012.

This handbook will include a summary of the information found in Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants (MOP 8) and other sources that a designer needs at his or her fingertips. The handbook would include numerous tables and bulleted lists containing the most critical information found in these design resources and would direct the reader to the source for more detailed information.

The project is officially launching now, and the first draft of the publication will be ready for review in August 2011. If you are interested in participating as a reviewer and will be able to work closely with WEF staff and dedicate the expertise and time to ensuring that a high-quality publication is developed according to the 10-month publication development schedule, please contact Britt Sheinbaum, WEF Project Manager, at bsheinbaum@wef.org.  

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Do you have a new book or report on wastewater treatment or watershed management issues? Let us help you spread the word about it. Please send review copies of new books to Margaret Richards, WE&T, 601 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA  22314. 

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Water Environment & Technology (WE&T) seeks volunteers to join its book review team. Stay up to date on the latest wastewater treatment and watershed issues by contributing brief, informative reviews for the “Water volumes” column. Reviewers may keep the books they review. To be considered, please send your area(s) of expertise to Margaret Richards at mrichards@wef.org

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WEF Announces New Newsletter, Expanding Stormwater Focus
 

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On May 5, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) will release the second issue of The Stormwater Report, a monthly electronic newsletter that highlights advanced practices, cutting-edge research, policy updates, and current events pertaining to stormwater. 

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With a newly formed Stormwater Coordinating Council, WEF will better integrate stormwater into the activities of its many committees, increasing the number of related WEF publications and events.

In addition to several new publications and upcoming webcasts, WEF will host a stormwater utility seminar in early August, and there will be continuous stormwater programming each day at WEFTEC® 2011, which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center Oct. 15 to 19.

If you are interested in stormwater and want to keep up-to-date on the topic, subscribe to the newsletter online, or find more information on Access Water Knowledge.  

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WEF Submits Comments to EPA on Improving Water Regulations
 

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U.S. President Barack Obama issued Executive Order 13563, which requires each U.S. government agency to develop a plan to periodically conduct a retrospective review of its regulations, and determine if they are ineffective, insufficient, or overly burdensome, and then to consider revising or repealing these, as warranted. In response, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Federal Register notice on Feb. 23 seeking public input on improving its environmental rules.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) provided comments encouraging EPA to consider basic principles whenever it proposes or revises any of its water regulations. These include using the watershed approach to protect and restore water quality, incorporating a priority-setting process that provides states and local governments and watershed managers enhanced flexibility in scheduling and standard-setting, using sound scientific information in all programs dedicated to solving complex water quality issues, and incorporating sustainability concepts and approaches.  

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WERF Offers Paul L. Busch Award for Innovative Water Quality Research
 

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Researchers now can apply for the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.) Paul L. Busch Award. The $100,000 award offered by WERF through the Endowment for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research is granted to an individual or team working in wastewater, water reuse, biosolids, stormwater, watersheds, and other areas to pursue groundbreaking research.

The award has provided $1 million in research funding during the past decade to researchers. In 2010, Columbia University (New York) researcher Kartik Chandran received the award for his work on an autotrophic microbial reactor that converts greenhouse gas methane to the green fuel methanol, according to a WERF news release.

Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Those interested must apply by June 1. Find application instructions and more information at www.werf.org/PaulLBusch.  

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WEF Joins Coalition Opposing Cuts to Agricultural Conservation Programs
 

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On March 1, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) joined a diverse group of 35 water, agricultural, and environmental stakeholders in sending a joint letter to the U.S. Senate expressing serious concerns about the drastic and disproportional cuts in H.R. 1 to agricultural conservation programs that are critical to protecting the health of both U.S. agricultural lands and water quality. The coalition recognized the need to address America’s fiscal problems but emphasized that spending cuts must be accomplished in an equitable and tempered way so as not to single out agricultural programs, including much-needed conservation efforts. 

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WEF’s Research Journal Made Easily Accessible to Authors and Readers
 

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Changes to the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) journal Water Environment Research (WER) online make the publication more easily accessible to both readers and authors.

The new WER Web site, www.editorialmanager.com/wer, is designed to make it easy for authors to submit manuscripts highlighting research in water quality. Authors will find a simplified submission process for manuscripts covering a range of important technical issues, such as nutrient removal, stormwater, and biosolids recycling. Readers are invited to submit articles for consideration.

WEF also offers open access to one paper per issue of the journal online. Articles available for free online public access began with the January 2011 issue of the journal.

Published since 1928, WER features peer-reviewed research papers and research notes, as well as state-of-the-art and critical reviews of original, fundamental, and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality, pollution control, and management. The journal is available in both print and online formats and receives approximately 300 new research submissions each year. For more information, see www.wef.org/wer

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WEF Meets With EPA on Green Infrastructure
 

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water staff March 31 to discuss green infrastructure and the update of EPA’s Green Infrastructure Strategy. EPA asked WEF to identify barriers to implementing green infrastructure. WEF presented a list of barriers and corresponding potential solutions to green infrastructure implementation. The list was developed with assistance from WEF Government Affairs Stormwater and Wet Weather work groups, as well as the Stormwater Coordinating Council. 

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WEF Sponsors and Participates in Water Pollution Control Administrators Meeting
 

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) helped sponsor the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators (Washington, D.C.) mid-year meeting held in March in Arlington, Va. WEF also participated in discussions with state officials and U.S Environmental Protection Agency representatives on various clean water topics at the meeting. 

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Water Environment Federation Hosts Summits for Member Associations
 

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The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) will host the Member Association (MA) Technology Summit on Aug. 3, followed by the MA Leaders Summit Aug. 4 to 5 in Alexandria. The Technology Summit will provide MA leaders with advice on Web site development, database selection and implementation, e-commerce development and integration, and social media. The Leaders Summit offers session topics to assist MAs in the daily management and operations of their associations.  

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Webcasts Offer Online Educational Opportunities
 

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Take part in a Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) webcast.

The Perspectives on Collection Systems Rehabilitation and Replacement webcast series will provide viewpoints from engineers, consultants, manufacturers, contractors, owners, and operators; case studies and lessons learned; and effective quality assurance and control through four webcasts. Buy three of the webcasts and receive the fourth free:

  • Perspectives on Pump/Lift Station Rehabilitation, scheduled for Nov. 16;
  • Perspectives on Pipeline Replacement, held Nov. 10, 2010 — recording available; and
  • Perspectives on Manhole Rehabilitation, held Feb. 9, 2011 — recording available.

The Meeting the New Public Education Requirements of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit webcast provides information on innovative, low-cost approaches to communicating stormwater messages to help small to mid-size municipalities meet the newly required public education and outreach components of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System MS4 permit. The no-charge webcast is scheduled for May 4 from 2 to 3 p.m. Register here.  

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Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in the following educational opportunities:

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Global Opportunities for New Markets and Sales
 

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) International Pavilions provide companies with a cost-effective, direct-marketing opportunity to introduce and distribute products and services into the global market. WEF International Pavilions give businesses with development plans in the Middle East, China, Singapore, and Europe an opportunity to exhibit under the WEF banner in a prime location and reach out to thousands of new potential customers.

IFAT China + China Water Show 2011
With the Chinese government allocating $454 billion for environmental protection through 2015, the show is set to be a leading platform for the environmental industry in China.

May 5–7, Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China 

Singapore International Water Week Water Expo 2011
This event is a key international trade show expected to bring close to $2.3 billion in projects and investments into Singapore. Held in conjunction with the World Cities Summit, the 2010 Water Expo saw record growth to more than 14,000 attendees from 112 countries and regions.

July 4–8 (convention) and July 5–7 (exposition); Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Suntec City

Aquatech Amsterdam 2011
Nov. 1–4, Amsterdam RAI (Rijwiel en Automobiel Industrie)

WATEC Israel 2011
Nov. 15–17, Tel Aviv (Israel) Exhibition Center

For more information, click here, or contact Laila Sukkariyyah at (703) 684-2458 or (703) 650-8516, or lsukkariyyah@wef.org.  

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Upcoming WEFMAX Meeting
 

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Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) House of Delegate members and Member Association (MA) leaders are invited to attend the May 19–20 WEFMAX meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the opportunity to discuss challenges, share successes, and become acquainted with WEF staff and MA leaders. 

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New Cities Added to Popular Security Training Series
 

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Ensuring safe drinking water and effective wastewater treatment services is essential to the public health and economic vitality of any society. Being prepared to promote drinking water and wastewater services during and after an incident will reduce hardships.

Water Sector Interdependencies

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, has held a series of general awareness trainings on water-sector interdependencies. Upcoming training opportunities include the following:

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