Media Contact: Lori Harrison, (703) 684-2480
September 19, 2011

Water Environment Federation to Create “Walkway to Wetlands” in Downtown Los Angeles
Fourth annual community service event will be held as part of WEFTEC® 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – To promote environmental stewardship and leave a positive imprint on this year’s host city, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) has organized its fourth annual community service project, “Walkway to Wetlands”. Organized as a part of WEFTEC 2011—WEF’s 84th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference—the event is scheduled for Saturday, October 15 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Los Angeles, Calif.

During the event, conference volunteers will plant trees along the perimeter of a constructed wetland located in the 5400 block of South Avalon Boulevard, a formerly industrial area of downtown Los Angeles. Held in coordination with the City of Los Angeles, the service project will provide a grand entrance to the city’s wetlands project that is located directly across the street of a brand new high school.

The annual community service program supports grassroots solutions and environmental stewardship on a local level while promoting WEF’s overall mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. Local and WEF leadership will attend the opening ceremony to share their vision for environmental protection and community involvement and service.

The service project sponsors include Black & Veatch, Brown and Caldwell, Carollo, CDM, CH2M HILL, Environmental Dynamics International, Freese and Nichols, Greeley and Hansen, Hazen and Sawyer, HDR Engineering, and Wigen Water Technologies. The service project donors include Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Bentley Systems, Inc., Duperon Corporation, Engineering America, Stantec, Coombs-Hopkins Company, Vaughn Co. Inc, Veolia Water, and Wigen Water Technologies.
Please contact Haley Falconer, WEF Service Project Chair, for more event details (haley.falconer@hdrinc.com, 208-387-7022).

WEFTEC 2011 will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from October 15-19, 2011. As the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world, the event will feature the latest in water research, training, solutions and cutting-edge technologies available today.

Visit www.weftec.org for the latest conference details.

Note to editors: The SYPC event is open to the media and does not require registration. Credentialed media representatives interested in covering the conference, may register for WEFTEC 2011 in Room 513 West of the L.A. Convention beginning Sunday, October 16 at 8:30 a.m. Please visit the online press room or contact Lori Harrison for details.

About WEF
Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations and staff proudly work to our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. To learn more, visit www.wef.org.