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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: 2012   Volume: 49  Issue:4

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Around the World in 6 Days
 

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‘Global Marathon’ connects women engineers on six continents 

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The biggest challenge facing entrepreneurial-minded women engineers in the Middle East isn’t a lack of finances; it’s a lack of confidence. Women who muster the courage to start their own businesses can leapfrog over obstacles that have held others back.

That’s just one of the lessons shared at the recent Global Marathon, held for, by, and about women in engineering and technology. The annual event links women engineers from around the world in a 6-day virtual conference with presentations from North and South America, China, India, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

Despite the exclusivity the conference’s description suggests, men are welcome, too, said Leslie Collins, executive director of the National Engineers Week Foundation (Alexandria, Va.), which organizes the event. But make no mistake, Global Marathon’s purpose is to connect women engineers worldwide and to channel their creative thinking on tackling global challenges.

Katherine Alfredo, engineering graduate student from the University of Texas, Austin, works with students in Ghana while investigating naturally occuring fluoride in groundwater. Alfredo shared her experience during a panel discussion at the 2012 Global Marathon. Photo courtesy of National Engineers Week Foundation (Alexandria, Va.). Click for larger image.

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California Wastewater Utility Makes History as Net-Energy Producer
 

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East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD; Oakland, Calif.) is making history. The district, which had been working to achieve net-zero energy consumption, has raised the bar. In addition to its program of collecting such organic wastes as restaurant grease, cheese waste, poultry blood, and winery wastewater from the surrounding area and using it to produce clean energy, it unveiled on April 3 a turbine that nearly doubles its capacity to produce energy, according to an EBMUD news release.

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East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD; Oakland, Calif.) has installed this 4.6 MW biogas turbine. Added to three existing clean-burn engine-generators, the facility has an 11-MW capacity. Photo courtesy of EBMUD. Click for larger image.

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Thousands Celebrate Girl Scouts’ Anniversary by Improving the Environment
 

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Girl Scouts around the country are rolling up their sleeves and working to improve the environment. To celebrate the organization’s 100-year anniversary this year, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA; New York) launched the Girl Scouts Forever Green Take Action Project in July 2011.

Making a difference through local environmental projects and outreach
Through December, Girl Scouts will take action in three main project areas: reducing waste, conserving energy, and building rain gardens, according to a GSUSA news release.  

Starting in 2009, the organization worked with 39 of its U.S. offices, known as councils, to develop the project, identifying the project areas as “relevant and of most interest to girls … at various grade levels,” said Jodi Stewart Schwarzer, GSUSA implementation consultant and membership and volunteerism project manager. “They were also replicable, scalable, and would raise visibility for Girl Scouts.”

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto plant a native shrub as they build a rain garden at the Houston Arboretum. Photo courtesy of Jodi Stewart Schwarzer, Girl Scouts of the USA project manager. Click for larger image.

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Kartik Chandran, WEF and Water Sector Leader, Appointed to Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee
 

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Kartik Chandran, a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Board of Trustees and a leader in the water sector, has been appointed to the Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee for a 3-year term. The prize is a prestigious international award for extraordinary achievements in saving the world’s water resources.

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Kartik Chandran is a member of the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) Board of Trustees and new member of the Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee. Photo courtesy of Oscar Einzig Photography.

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During each of the past four WEFTEC® events, volunteers have worked together to leave a green footprint on conference host cities. Take a look at the results.

After 18 months, the Bioswales in the Bayou project constructed during WEFTEC 2010 has transformed the New Orleans site. The plants now are in full bloom, making the site nearly unrecognizable from how it appeared immediately after planting. Find more details about this project in the WEF Highlights article “Volunteers Dig In at WEFTEC 2010 To Build Bioswales.”  

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WEFTEC service projects, such as the 2010 Bioswales in the Bayou project, benefit host cities. See the project site before (left above), immediately after construction (left below), and as it was earlier in 2012 (above). Photos courtesy of Haley Falconer, Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) Students and Young Professionals Committee Service Project chair. Click for larger images.

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2012 Global Marathon- Katherine Alfredo Small 

The biggest challenge facing entrepreneurial-minded women engineers in the Middle East isn’t a lack of finances; it’s a lack of confidence. Women who muster the courage to start their own businesses can leapfrog over obstacles that have held others back.

That’s just one of the lessons shared at the recent Global Marathon, held for, by, and about women in engineering and technology. The annual event links women engineers from around the world in a 6-day “virtual” conference with presentations from North and South America, China, India, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

Despite the exclusivity the conference’s description suggests, men are welcome, too, said Leslie Collins, executive director of the National Engineers Week Foundation (Alexandria, Va.), which organizes the event. But make no mistake, Global Marathon’s purpose is to connect women engineers worldwide and to channel their creative thinking on tackling global challenges.

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These engineering graduate students sat on a panel to share their global engineering experiences during the 2012 Global Marathon. Above, Katherine Alfredo from the University of Texas, Austin, works with students in Ghana while investigating naturally occuring fluoride in groundwater. Left, Jessica Vechakul from University of California, Berkeley, interviews Haitian community members to develop bicycle ambulances. Photos courtesy of National Engineers Week Foundation (Alexandria, Va.). Click for larger images.


“If you’re a woman working at a small engineering firm in Vermont, it’s easy to get disconnected from the opportunities and challenges women engineers face around the world,” Collins said.

“The Global Marathon gives women a lot of things to think about,” Collins said. “It helps to open their minds to issues they might get involved with and ways they might make a difference.”  

Changing the conversation
The Global Marathon began 8 years ago as an extension of the foundation’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.

“We wanted to go beyond introducing precollege girls to careers in engineering,” Collins said. “We felt a need for more topics that affect practicing professionals.”

But do women really need their own conference to discuss professional issues? Barb Pontocello, program manager for this year’s Global Marathon, says yes.

In many countries, only a small percentage of engineers are women, so most of the engineering answers come from men, Pontocello noted. “We are missing a woman engineer’s perspective,” she said. “The real purpose of this conference is to give women a place where they can join the conversation and change the dialogue.”

Of course, it is no small task to engage 2300 women in a conversation when they speak different languages and represent virtually every time zone. The Global Marathon organizers accomplished this by creating an online platform where participants could log in to real-time webcasts, Internet chats, polling questions, teleconferences, and live and recorded events. Events originated each day from a different part of the world. Presenter–audience interaction improved significantly from previous conferences, when presentations were simply viewed on a website, Collins said.

This year’s conference began March 5 in North America, moving the next day to South America, and then on to the Middle East, India, China, and Europe before returning to North America to close. Presentations were made primarily in English, although speakers from Latin America, Brazil, and China spoke in their native languages, with translation services provided occasionally.

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Cindy Kou (third from left), the 2012 Global Marathon chair and program director for IBM China (Beijing), welcomes panelists for the opening session in the China region. Photo courtesy of National Engineers Week Foundation. Click for larger image.


Same questions, different answers
For 4 hours each day, female engineers and executives from around the world discussed everything from pedal-powered washing machines in Guatemala to water sustainability solutions in Singapore to roadblocks in career development. Each presentation related to one of this year's four basic topics: water, food, energy, and entrepreneurship.

These topics are of interest to men and women alike, which raises a question: Is the female perspective on water or energy sustainability any different from that of her male counterparts?

“Yes and no,” Pontocello said. “If you look at things in a broader contact, women tend to have more concern with work–life balance and family, and their solutions can sometimes reflect that.”

One Global Marathon presentation, for example, focused on GreenUp, a Web-based tool designed by CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) to help District of Columbia property owners become more personally invested in energy conservation.

In this case, users go online to GreenUp.dc.gov, where they enter their address, design green infrastructure and energy efficiency projects for their property, and get estimates of the savings they will generate.

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“It’s more important than ever to communicate everything to the public,” said Steph Stoppenhagen, a CH2M Hill sustainability strategist who participated in the presentation. “A lot of what I do is use technology to create ways to reach out to the public in dynamic, innovative ways,” she said.

In another presentation, Kate Peabody, CH2M Hill communications strategist, shared her vision for WaterMatch, a grassroots initiative the company started to promote beneficial use of municipal effluent.

“We wanted to show how individual cities can become involved in water sustainability,” Peabody explained. “There’s a barrier to getting businesses and municipalities connected and getting these projects started. By harnessing the power of social media, we are building a networking database that enables those producing effluent to connect with local sources that need it.”

Students register for the 2012 Global Marathon India region opening event sponsored by Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions at Garden City College in Bangalore. Photo courtesy of National Engineers Week Foundation. Click for larger image.

While there’s nothing essentially “female” about these or most of the other solutions discussed during the conference, many do represent a fresh take on long-standing challenges.


“Women tend to have a different type of dialogue and approach problems in a different way,” Collins said. “I’ve heard women executives say that women think differently. Not better or worse — but differently. By changing the conversation, it sometimes allows for a breakthrough.”

“It’s a good thing for all of us to cross boundaries, disciplines, and countries,” Collins said. “That’s true whether you are a man or a woman, have been in the profession a while, or are just starting out.”

And it’s not too late to join in the conversation. Approximately 20 of the Global Marathon presentations can be viewed at www.globalmarathon.net.  

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The 2012 Global Marathon was held March 5–10 and many presentations are available on demand. Photo couretesy of National Engineers Week Foundation. Click for larger image. 

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California Wastewater Utility Makes History as Net-Energy Producer
 

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East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD; Oakland, Calif.) is making history. The district, which had been working to achieve net-zero energy consumption, has raised the bar. In addition to its program of collecting such organic wastes as restaurant grease, cheese waste, poultry blood, and winery wastewater from the surrounding area and using it to produce clean energy, it unveiled on April 3 a turbine that nearly doubles its capacity to produce energy, according to an EBMUD news release.

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD; Oakland, Calif.) installed this 4.6-MW biogas turbine. Added to three existing clean-burn engine-generators, the facility has an 11-MW capacity. Photo courtesy of EBMUD. Click for larger image.

The 4.6-MW turbine increases the district’s energy production; making EBMUD's wastewater treatment plant the first in the North America to be a net-energy producer. The district now can sell excess electricity produced back to the grid, the news release says.


During the past decade, the district began collecting fats, oils, and grease from throughout Central and Northern California for its food and organic waste program. These wastes were held in tanks, where they were transformed to nutrient-rich biosolids and methane gas. The program was so successful that it produced excess gas that had to be flared because the district had no way of converting all of it into energy, the news release says. 

The new turbine supplements three existing engines to run the renewable energy system. The system now produces an average of nearly 7 MW of renewable energy with a peak capacity of approximately 11 MW, which would meet electricity demands of more than 13,000 homes, the news release says.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) officials help EBMUD leaders celebrate becoming a net-energy producer. Photo courtesy of EBMUD. Click for larger image.
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Top from left, EBMUD Energy Program manager and past WEF Trustee Ed McCormick is congratulated by WEF President Matt Bond during the April 3 EBMUD dedication ceremony and Green Factory tour. Below from left, McCormick and Bond stand with other industry leaders including EBMUD board president John Coleman and EPA Region 9 director of Water Alexis Strauss. Photos courtesy of EBMUD. Click for larger images.


Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) President Matt Bond spoke at the unveiling event, calling this energy-generating plant expansion as a model for the industry. “EBMUD’s achievement has implications on a national and global level,” he said. “The wastewater treatment industry worldwide is in the midst of a major paradigm shift; instead of thinking of what we do as waste disposal, we are beginning to understand that wastewater treatment plants can be recyclers and, in fact, generators of valuable commodities like renewable energy, recycled water, compost, nutrient fertilizers, and even biodiesel.”  

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EBMUD Board President John A. Coleman said he hopes the district will provide an example that other wastewater treatment plants across the country can follow to benefit both the environment and ratepayers, according to the news release.  

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Thousands Celebrate Girl Scouts’ Anniversary by Improving the Environment
 

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Girl Scouts around the country are rolling up their sleeves and working to improve the environment. To celebrate the organization’s 100-year anniversary this year, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA; New York) launched the Girl Scouts Forever Green Take Action Project in July 2011.

Making a difference through local environmental projects and outreach
Through December, Girl Scouts will take action in three main project areas: reducing waste, conserving energy, and building rain gardens, according to a GSUSA news release. 

Starting in 2009, the organization worked with 39 of its U.S. offices, known as councils, to develop the project, identifying the project areas as “relevant and of most interest to girls … at various grade levels,” said Jodi Stewart Schwarzer, GSUSA implementation consultant and membership and volunteerism project manager. “They were also replicable, scalable, and would raise visibility for Girl Scouts.”

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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto plant a native shrub as they build a rain garden at the Houston Arboretum. Photo courtesy of Jodi Stewart Schwarzer, Girl Scouts of the USA project manager. Click for larger image.

For many of the projects, girls encourage friends, families, and community members to make lifestyle changes that benefit the environment. Girl Scouts encouraged installing energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances and turning off lights for 1 hour in observance of Earth Hour on March 31 to conserve energy. They also encourage using reusable bottles and bags and recycling to reduce waste, according to the GSUSA website.
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To increase green space and wildlife habitats while reducing stormwater runoff and improving water quality, Girl Scouts are planting and maintaining rain gardens at schools, homes, and other sites, the website says. Incorporating rain gardens as a major focus of the anniversary Take Action project came from the long history of the girls building gardens and their desire to create green spaces, Schwarzer said.

“Girl Scouts believed focusing on rain gardens would help educate others,” Schwarzer said. “[The gardens] are unique and help not only provide green space and native plants, they help absorb water, reducing runoff pollution, erosion, and filtering the stormwater.”

Girls can find guides, tips, and more information on each project area on the Girl Scouts Forever Green website.  

Members of the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto prepare soil for rain garden plantings at the Houston Arboretum. Photo courtesy of Schwarzer. Click for larger image.


Numerous girls pitch in, and the results add up
 
Since the project launched last summer, a total of 44,000 people have engaged in projects. About 106,000 new native plants and trees have been placed in 941 rain gardens. This amounts to nearly 2833 m2 (30,493 ft2) of green space, accounting for nearly 13.6 million L (3.6 million gal) of stormwater saved from runoff.

Other project area results are substantial, too. About 14 million kg (31 million lb) of waste has been eliminated, 128 million kWh of energy saved, and 89 million kg (197 million lb) of carbon dioxide reduced — and these numbers will continue to grow throughout the year. 

“Environmental conservation is core to the Girl Scout program and is a topic girls care about,” Schwarzer said. 

Expanding the project internationally 
In addition to many ongoing projects in the United States, the project is being expanded to 20 other countries. A 2-year, $1.5-million grant provided by the Alcoa Foundation (New York) will pair 20 U.S. councils with 20 international councils. A 15-year-old girl from each of the council locations will be selected to lead these projects, inspiring and engaging as many as 400 youths in their communities to participate, Schwarzer said.  

“The projects will be completely girl-focused and girl-led,” Schwarzer said. The young leaders will be chosen by June, and then the girls will choose what projects to implement, she added.  


“In 2013, we plan to celebrate the impact that took place during our 100th year,” Schwarzer said. “Projects will continue through 2013 as girls and volunteers take this project where they want it to go.” 

Girl Scouts features environmental education at its core  
To help girls develop as leaders, GSUSA’s National Leadership Program Portfolio includes three National Leadership Journeys book series and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. One Leadership Journey series, It’s Your Planet — Love It!, is a collection of six books that cover issues of conservation, pollution, and renewable and reusable resources. The books challenge girls to take the lead in protecting the planet, the news release says.

In one of these books, water conservation and protection take a prominent role. WOW! Wonders of Water targets Girl Scouts in second and third grades. The book teaches about the water cycle, introduces women working in water-related careers, and encourages girls to reach out to their community and advocate for others to become involved in protecting water. A Girl Scout troop in Massachusetts decided to urge people to stop wasting water by creating the public service announcement video The Wonders of Water.

The organization also provides girls with online environmental education and activities on its For Girls website.

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Above, members of the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto carry plants to the garden at the Houston Arboretum. Below, the arboretum features a new rain garden planted by the Girl Scout troop. Photos courtesy of Schwarzer. Click for larger images.
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Kartik Chandran, a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Board of Trustees and a leader in the water sector, has been appointed to the Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee for a 3-year term. The prize is a prestigious international award for extraordinary achievements in saving the world’s water resources.

“Dr. Chandran is a respected scientist, researcher, and academician and will be an excellent addition to the committee,” said WEF Executive Director Jeff Eger.

Chandran will work with fellow committee members to review award nominees and choose the top three candidates for the award. The Stockholm Water Foundation board then appoints the laureate for the year.

Chandran’s appointment to the committee was recommended by the Stockholm International Water Institute board and approved by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (Stockholm).

A WEF member since 1999, Chandran has held many WEF leadership and committee roles, including vice chairman of the Program Committee’s research subcommittee, chairman of Leading Edge Research Symposium sessions for several WEFTEC® events, and a member of the Research and Technical Practice Committee.  

Kartik Chandran is a member of the Water Environment Federation Board of Trustees and new member of the Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee. Photo courtesy of Oscar Einzig Photography.
Chandran, an associate professor at Columbia University (New York) and director of the university’s Biomolecular Environmental Sciences program, actively leads others and conducts cutting-edge research. In addition to receiving a doctorate in environmental engineering from the University of Connecticut (Storrs), holding various research positions, and being an active member of other associations, he is a published author, reviewer, research supervisor, presenter, lecturer, and inventor.

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During each of the past four WEFTEC® events, volunteers have worked together to leave a green footprint on conference host cities. Take a look at the results.

After 18 months, the Bioswales in the Bayou project constructed during WEFTEC 2010 has transformed the New Orleans site. The plants now are in full bloom, making the site nearly unrecognizable from how it appeared immediately after planting. Find more details about this project in the WEF Highlights article “Volunteers Dig In at WEFTEC 2010 To Build Bioswales.” 

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WEFTEC service projects, such as the 2010 Bioswales in the Bayou project, benefit host cities. See the project site before (left above), immediately after construction (left below), and as it was earlier in 2012 (above). Photos courtesy of Haley Falconer, Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) Students and Young Professionals Committee Service Project chair. Click for larger images.

The annual WEFTEC service project is organized by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Students and Young Professionals Committee. Other previous projects include the 2011 Walkway to Wetlands project in Los Angeles; the 2009 Wading for Wetlands project in Orlando, Fla.; and the 2008 Getting Out of the Gutter project in Chicago. 

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Other WEFTEC service projects are shown during construction (above) and after growing in (below). Left is the 2008 Getting Out of the Gutter project and right is the 2011 Walkway to Wetlands project. Photos courtesy of Falconer. Click for larger images.
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WEFTEC 2012 by the Numbers: Program Offers Extensive Education Opportunities
 

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WEFTEC® always offers an extensive amount of educational activities to participants. This year, the program is especially impressive after receiving a near record-breaking 1254 abstracts.
 

As the 85th annual Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Technical Exhibition and Conference, WEFTEC 2012 will include more than 140 technical sessions, 24 workshops, and more than 1000 presentations and posters.

Those participating in WEFTEC’s educational opportunities have the ability to earn 1.2 Continuing Education Units and 16.5 Professional Development Hours. 


At press time, 845 exhibitors have already reserved nearly 26,290 m2 (283,000 ft2) of floor space. This year, the exhibition also features five technical session rooms, which will hold more than 24 technical sessions that are open to all attendees. It also features the Stormwater Pavilion, an area dedicated to stormwater treatment products and services; the Innovation Pavilion, an area dedicated to innovative water treatment technologies; and the Laboratory Issues, Trenchless Technologies, and Thickening and Dewatering mobile sessions, which will visit various vendors so participants can learn about related technologies and technical details. 

Register online to attend WEFTEC Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. Through the updated WEFTEC Utility Partnership Program, a utility can customize a single comprehensive membership package for all of its employees. 

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WEFTEC 2011 attendees explore the exhibition. Photo courtesy of Oscar Einzig Photography. Click for larger image.

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Calling WEF Member Associations and Water Industry Utilities To Enter the WATER’S WORTH IT™ Video Contest
 

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Are you using WATER’S WORTH IT™ in your communities? If so, enter the WATER’S WORTH IT™ video contest and tell the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) how you are using the campaign. Celebrate your efforts to be a voice for water and to help raise awareness about the value and importance of water, water-related issues, and the water profession.

Who: Anyone who is part of a WEF Member Association including Students and Young Professionals chapters, and water or wastewater treatment utility is invited to enter the contest. Click here for more information and easy entry details. 

What: Upload a 1–2 min. video to YouTube showing how you are using the WATER'S WORTH IT™ campaign in your community, then fill out the brief contest entry form.

When: The contest is open through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, July 1.

Judges will be looking for an engaging video that incorporates the WATER’S WORTH IT message. Videos will be scored on creativity and originality. Top videos will receive prizes and recognition for their submission. Learn more about the messaging campaign, and find customizable materials to use in your community at www.watersworthit.org. For more information, send an email to watersworthitvideocontest@wef.org

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WEFTEC 2012 AppIf you are planning to attend WEFTEC© 2012, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) offers you a new and improved tool for your smartphone. The WEFTEC app, available at no cost on the iPhone, Android, and Blackberry, provides access to the conference’s technical program, exhibitor directory, and listing of committee meetings and other events.

The app now includes the speaker directory, with speaker biographies and a listing of each speaker’s technical sessions. The app also enables users to register for the conference, make hotel reservations, and quickly access WEF’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

WEFTEC 2012 QR CodeThose who have created a personalized schedule using the My Briefcase feature on My WEFTEC Planner, can access their briefcase using the WEFTEC 2012 app. Those who haven’t created a personalized schedule online can create one through the My Briefcase section on the app, which automatically syncs to the My WEFTEC Planner website.

To download the app, visit http://wef.expotogo.com.

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) membership has approved modifications to the WEF Constitution and Bylaws. See About WEF to view the full text of the Constitution and Bylaws.

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WEF Requests Videos Illustrating Stormwater Innovations
 

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Is your community using innovative techniques to manage stormwater? The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) wants to hear about it and share your success with others.

Sharing is easy, just upload a video of your project to YouTube, and send a link to stormwater@wef.org. WEF will create a playlist of the submitted videos in its YouTube Channel. The top videos—as determined by likes and views—will be shown at the 2012 Stormwater Symposium, to be held July 19 to 20 in Baltimore. Conference attendees will have a chance to vote for their favorite videos. The top picks will be featured in WEF’s Innovation Pavilion at WEFTEC© 2012, Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 in New Orleans.

WEF also will be accepting pictures, which will be pinned, with captions, on WEF’s Pinterest page. Check here for more details, guidelines, and a list of possible topics. 

For inspiration, watch the kick-off video of the Arlington County, Va., Donaldson Run stream restoration on the WEF You Tube Channel.  

Don’t delay; the competition closes June 30.

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WEF Launches Knowledge Center
 

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WEF Knowledge Center 

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has a new cost-effective and innovative way to deliver educational content to the water sector. The Knowledge Center is an online platform to access WEF’s distance-learning training, including fundamental courses, accelerated courses, and archived webcasts. These training options enable individuals to earn Continuing Education Units, Contact Hours, or Professional Development Hours, in addition to providing utilities with the opportunity to train multiple employees at once.


The Knowledge Center features the ability to track of all of your educational credits and professional licenses in a single location; to learn at your own pace, where and when you want to learn without travel requirements; to find new courses added throughout the year; and to print certificates per specific state-approval requirements.

For more information about tools and resources available, see About the Knowledge Center.

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WEF Nominating Committee Seeks Board of Trustees, Vice President, Treasurer, and Delegate-at-Large Nominations
 

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Help shape the future of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) leadership by nominating WEF’s experienced and accomplished members.

The WEF Nominating Committee invites you to submit nominations for the WEF Board of Trustees (2 positions), WEF vice president, WEF treasurer, and WEF House of Delegates — delegate-at-Large(four positions). Nominations information and forms are available at www.wef.org/MAResourceCenter.

The WEF mission and vision are achieved through the dedication and active involvement of water environment professionals worldwide. WEF will continue to advance its vision through dedicated members who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the water environment profession.

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2011 WWMC Water Champions Increase Awareness of Water Quality Issues
 

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The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) and the International Water Association (London) have announced the third annual World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC) Water Champion Award winners.
The awards, initiated in 2009, recognize WWMC participants for outstanding achievement in increasing awareness of water quality issues through the WWMC program. Winners, chosen by the WWMC regional panel of judges, include the following:
  • Pedagogic In-Service Training Programme (Douala, Cameroon) and Water and Youth International Africa (Nairobi, Kenya) for their work in Africa.
  • Natural Environmental Education and Research (NEER) Foundation (Meerut, India) and Woodie Muirhead for their work in Asia.
  • Gold Coast WATERWATCH (Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia) for its work in Australia.
  • School No. 12, Kirovo–Chepetsk (Russian Federation) and Nilgün Erentay for their work in Europe.
  • Global Sports Alliance Cuba (Pinar del Río) and Toyota Motor Mfg. Indiana (Princeton, Indiana) for their work in North America.
  • SEINCO (Montevideo, Uruguay) and Rosa Maria de Sousa Santos (São Paulo) for their work in South America.  
 
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Children around the world participate in Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC) events hosted by Water Champions. Left, photo courtesy of SEINCO (Montevideo, Uruguay), recipient of the award for South America. Above, photo courtesy of Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia)WATERWATCH’s, recipient of the award for Austrailia. Click for larger images.
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Award recipients will receive a commemorative plaque and WWMC materials valued at up to $750 for group winners and $500 for individual winners and runners-up. WWMC materials include water monitoring equipment or promotional materials.
Water Champions - Africa ISTP Small Water Champions - Asia NEER Foundation Small 

WWMC is an international education and outreach program connecting citizens to their local waterways through hands-on monitoring tests. For more information about the program or how to get involved, see www.MonitorWater.org.

Children learn about local water monitoring results as part of WWMC events hosted by Water Champion Award winners. Left, photo courtesy of Pedagogic In-Service Training Programme (Douala, Cameroon).Right, photo courtesy of Natural Environmental Education and Research Foundation (Meerut, India). Click for larger images.

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Sponsored Webcasts Available to More Professionals in the Water Sector
 

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Since switching in March to a sponsored model for webcasts, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has been able to offer webcasts to water sector professionals at no cost. This has resulted in nearly double — and in some cases, triple — the number of participants. Participant feedback also has been positive.

“I learned a lot about wastewater treatment that I never knew before,” said Thomas Hill, lead engineer at Foster Wheeler Upstream (Clinton, N.J.).

“We just attended the first of four Basic Wastewater Series webcasts,” said Joe Foster, wastewater superintendent at the City of Olathe (Kan.) Public Works. The city had 11 wastewater staff members, ranging from 1 to 20 years of operational experience, view the webcast.

Sponsors provide financial support for this online education format and, in return, receive visibility through company logos, advertisements, and Web-link placements during live and archived webcasts.

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Access archived webcasts in WEF’s new Knowledge Center.

Don’t miss the upcoming webcasts:

Fundamentals of Membrane Bioreactors
The Fundamentals of Membrane Bioreactors Webcast Series includes three parts that discuss the membrane bioreactor (MBR) process, membrane and biological process fundamentals, the methodology and considerations for completing an MBR process design, and considerations for facility design and construction of MBRs.

Each webcast offers 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs); check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify. 

Basic Wastewater Treatment Operations  
The Basic Wastewater Treatment Operations Series includes four parts covering every stage of the treatment process. The series is led by WEF Immediate Past President Jeanette Brown and sponsored by JWC Environmental (Costa Mesa, Calif.).

Each webcast offers 2.0 PDHs; check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify.  

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Download the My Stormwater App and Prepare To Attend the Stormwater Symposium
 

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The new My Stormwater App provides those planning to attend the Stormwater Symposium 2012, to be held July 18 to 20 at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center, access to the full technical program on their mobile devices.

My Stormwater App is searchable by date, time, speaker, and topic area. It includes the Online Resource Guide, an online directory of sponsors and companies that provide stormwater services, including company descriptions, product categories, contact information, and website listings. Users can create personalized conference schedules, register for the conference, or make hotel reservations through the app. Those without smartphones can access the features online at http://stormwater.expotogo.com. 

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The Stormwater Symposium 2012 will focus on national issues (including the proposed national stormwater rulemaking), regional issues, developing technologies, and management approaches key to growing and evolving the topic of stormwater. Find more details in the technical program draft.

Register Online by June 13 to receive the super saver rate.

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WEF Supports Continued State Revolving Fund Support
 

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Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Executive Director Jeff Eger joined leaders of other water quality associations in asking the U.S. Congress to continue supporting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant funding to states in the 2013 fiscal year budget.

Leaders from WEF, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.), Association of Clean Water Administrators (Washington, D.C.), Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.), American Water Works Association (Denver), American Public Works Association (Kansas City, Mo.), and Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (Arlington, Va.) sent joint letters to the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Budget and Appropriations committees. The letters support maintaining the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund at their fiscal year 2012 levels, noting the environmental, health, and economic benefits the funding provides.

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Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members
 

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  • Ben H. Chen, member since Jan. 1, 1971, Florida Water Environment Association.
 
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  • Brian P. Flynn, member since Jan. 1, 1973, Water Environment Association of Texas.
 
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  • Ray G. Seidelman Jr., member since Jan. 1, 1972, Missouri Water Environment Association.
 
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  • Erwin D. Toerber, member since Jan. 1, 1969, Illinois Water Environment Association.
 
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  • Robert B. Billman, member since Jan. 1, 1961, Ohio Water Environment Association.
 
  • Stephen E. Ellis, member since Jan. 1, 1974, New England Water Environment Association.
 
  • John L. Huddleston, member since Jan. 1, 1973, West Virginia Water Environment Association.
 
  • Lyle E. Morse, member since Jan. 1, 1974, Iowa Water Environment Association.
 
  • Anthony Nardozzi, member since Jan. 1, 1970, Virginia Water Environment Association.
 
  • Alvin D. Wansing, member since Jan. 1, 1976, Ohio Water Environment Association.
 

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Alliance for Water Stewardship Releases Document for Public Consultation
 

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The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS; Milwaukee) has released the first draft of The AWS International Water Stewardship Standard. The document will be open for public consultation until June 15.

The standard aims to support water users in taking appropriate actions to evaluate and improve their effects on watersheds. Designed to apply globally in all relevant sectors, the document aims to build on other water-related tools, help users reduce their water risk, and generate social, environmental, and economic benefits, according to an AWS news release.

AWS was formed in 2009 to address water use issues worldwide. It consists of 10 board organizations that include the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.). For more information, see www.allianceforwaterstewardship.org.

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WERF Paul L. Busch Award Grant Available 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, or other areas to pursue groundbreaking research.

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

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WEF Needs Reviewers for Books
 

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) seeks reviewers to work closely with WEF staff to develop Manuals of Practice (MOPs) and textbooks. Applicants will be asked to dedicate expertise and time to ensure high quality while maintaining the publication schedule. The following opportunities are available:

  • MOP 21, Automation of Wastewater Treatment Facilities, is being revised. The manual will focus on the elements of a complete automation design, including analysis of benefits, required design documents, an overview of process control strategies, and an extensive list of sensors. The chapter on sensors includes discussion of operating principles, materials, accuracy, and installation and maintenance requirements. Publication of the manual is set for August 2013. The project, being led by Bob Hill of the San Jacinto River Authority (Conroe, Texas), officially launched in November. The first draft will be ready for review in May. If interested in serving as a reviewer, contact Britt Sheinbaum at bsheinbaum@wef.org.
  • MOP 29, Operation of Nutrient Removal Facilities,a revision of Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) Operation in Wastewater Treatment Plants, will present significant biological features and biochemical reactions of microbes and their environmental (operational) conditions that promote nitrification, denitrification, fermentation, biological phosphorus release, and biological phosphorus uptake. These topics will be presented in addition to current engineering practices used for biological nutrient removal. Publication is set for August 2013. The project, being led by Michael Gerardi of Cromaglass Corp. (Williamsport, Pa.), officially launched in December. The first drafts will be ready for review in early June. If interested in serving as a reviewer, contact Britt Sheinbaum at bsheinbaum@wef.org.
  • The textbook Wastewater Treatment Plant Design, which is based on the latest (2009) edition of Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants (MOP 8), is being updated. WEF’s Technical Practice Committee seeks reviewers for the book. It currently includes chapters with the following titles: “Fundamentals”; “The Design Process”; “Plant Hydraulics”; “Preliminary Treatment”; “Primary Treatment”; “Suspended-Growth Biological Treatment”; “Attached Growth Biological Treatment, Biological Nutrient Removal”; “Alternative Biological and Natural Treatment Systems”; “Physical–Chemical Treatment”; “Ancillary Processes”; “Production and Transport of Solids”; “Conditioning of Solids”; “Stabilization Processes”; “Thickening, Dewatering, and Drying Solids”; and “Beneficial Use and Ultimate Disposal”. The revised textbook is being edited by Tom Jenkins and Daniel Nolasco. The first draft will be available for review in mid-May. If interested in serving as a reviewer, send a brief résumé to Lorna Ernst at lernst@wef.org.

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WEF Hosts Member Appreciation Book Sale
 

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To show its appreciation to members and their activities in improving water quality, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is offering 30% discounts on WEF Manuals of Practice and special publications for all WEF members through May 31. The discount is not valid for Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, electronic books, training manuals, or resale titles.

Find books at www.wef.org/ShopWEF and enter discount code SALE30 at checkout to receive the discount.

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AMTA/WEF Technology Transfer Workshop 
May 21–23, DoubleTree Guest Suites (Seattle)

The workshop, sponsored by the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) and the American Membrane Technology Association (Stuart, Fla.), will focus on membrane treatment for the Pacific Northwest region. A basic overview of various membrane technologies and the membrane bioreactor at the Brightwater Treatment Plant will be presented. The workshop features a facility tour of the plant and sessions highlighting several membrane case studies. See the conference brochure for program details.

For more information and to register, see www.amtaorg.com/ai1ec_event/technology-transfer-workshop


Collection Systems 2012: Show Me the Green — Confluence of Planning, Implementation, and Regulations 
June 3–6, St. Louis Convention Center

The conference will describe how to improve the effectiveness of organizations in relation to combined and separate sanitary sewer collection systems. It will feature an interactive workshop, technical sessions, facility tours, and exhibits. See the conference brochure for program details. Register online.


EWA/WEF/JSWA Specialty Conference on Cutting-Edge Technologies and Best Practices on Sewerage 
July 26–27, Kobe International Conference Center (Japan)

The fourth European Water Association (Hennef, Germany)/Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) /Japan Sewage Works Association (Tokyo) conference will feature presentations on cutting-edge technologies and best practices related to the theme of sewage systems in the 21st century.

Register by June 15 to receive a discounted rate. Find more information at www.gesuikyou.jp/conference/english.  

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Last Chance To Attend a 2012 WEFMAX Meeting
 

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Don’t miss your chance to attend a Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) 2012 WEFMAX meeting. The final WEFMAX meeting of the year will be May 17–18 in Indianapolis.

At this meeting, WEF leaders have the opportunity to discuss challenges, share successes, and become acquainted with WEF staff and Member Association leaders. The meeting features a new format to foster more in-depth information-sharing on topics important to WEF Member Associations and includes four dialogue sessions on selected topics.

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Opportunity To Access the Singapore Market
 

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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.

Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) 2012 
July 1–5, Singapore

SIWW is the global platform for water solutions, bringing policy-makers, industry leaders, experts, and practitioners together to address challenges, showcase technologies, discover opportunities, and celebrate achievements in water. The 2011 event attracted 13,500 visitors from 99 countries and regions, as well as 600 exhibiting companies from 40 countries.  

For more information about the pavilions program, click here, or contact Cari Zimmerman at (703) 535-5266, (703) 795-2518, or czimmerman@wef.org.

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