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June 2011, Vol. 48, No. 5

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WEF Announces SJWP Finalists
SJWP Award


A collection of impressive water-related research will be featured at the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) National Competition June 23–25. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has announced the state winners in the 2011 SJWP competition, and these 50 finalists will be heading to Chicago with their science teachers for the national competition. 

The finalists were selected from science competitions nationwide by WEF Member Association water quality professionals. Find out which young researcher will be representing your state at www.sjwp.org.

WEF photo/staff.

The 2011 SJWP national competition, hosted by the Illinois Water Environment Association (Oswego), will immerse students in water research and education. The goal of the program is to increase student interest in water-related research and raise awareness of global water challenges. As part of the 3-day program, participants have the opportunity to interact with students who have similar interests and network with water professionals from around the country.

The U.S. winner will receive a $3000 scholarship and a trip to Stockholm for the international competition, as well as the opportunity to present research to water quality experts at WEFTEC® 2011.

WEF also has announced the new Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Scholarship Award, sponsored by ITT Corp (White Plains, N.Y.). This $1000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who demonstrates a passion for education, spirit of creativity, and innovation. In addition, the U.S. winner’s school will receive $1000 toward enhancing science education in the classroom. As many as three finalists will receive a $1000 scholarship.

The international competition will be held during World Water Week, Aug. 21–27. The international winner will receive $5000.

WEF and its Member Associations organize the U.S. state, regional, and national SJWP competitions with support from ITT Corp. (White Plains, N.Y.), The Coca-Cola Co. (Atlanta), and Delta Air Lines (Atlanta). 

Find WEFTEC 2011 Events To Attend in the Digital Conference Announcement

Get an early look at the technical sessions and workshops featured at WEFTEC® 2011 in the digital version of the WEFTEC 2011 Conference Announcement. The document provides a summary of the educational, business, and networking opportunities available at the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) technical conference in Los Angeles, which takes place Oct. 15–­19. At WEFTEC you can earn up to 1.2 continuing education units at workshops, 16.5 professional development hours at technical sessions, and up to 8 contact hours per day for time spent visiting the exhibition. 

WEFTEC 2011 logo

Follow workshop and session links on any page of the digital announcement to connect instantly to My WEFTEC Planner. Through the planner, search for workshops, technical sessions, exhibitors, events, tours, and committee meetings, and add them to your “briefcase” to create your WEFTEC 2011 schedule online or on your phone. You can print your personalized schedule, save it to your computer, or save it to your account online. You can log back in anytime to make changes, or access it in Los Angeles using your mobile device or at any E-Services kiosk.  
WEF Seeks Task Force Leader and Case Studies for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery Publication

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Technical Practice Committee seeks case studies related to water and wastewater treatment-related emergency preparedness and disaster recovery from around the world. These case studies may be related to preparation and/or recovery from all types of natural or human-made disasters, preferably showing what new equipment, processes, and procedures can be put in place to prevent or mitigate such negative effects and process downtime in the future. The committee also is looking for an individual to lead the effort to develop a publication that will include these case studies.

The task force leader 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 publication; a list of confirmed authors; and a book outline. The  leader’s primary responsibilities, once the effort is under way, are to provide direction to the authors and reviewers of the publication 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 publication can be developed on a 20-month schedule.

If you are interested in submitting a case study or leading this effort, will be able to work closely with WEF staff, and can dedicate the expertise and time to ensuring that a high-quality publication is developed according to the 20-month publication development schedule, contact Technical Publications manager, Lorna Ernst, with a brief resume or any questions at lernst@wef.org.  

Editor Sought for Wastewater Treatment Plant Design Textbook

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) seeks an editor to update Wastewater Treatment Plant Design (2003), a textbook that includes a student workbook of problems and solutions.

If you are interested in serving as the editor for this effort, will be able to work closely with WEF staff, and can dedicate the expertise and time to ensuring that a high-quality textbook is developed according to a 20-month development schedule, contact WEF Technical Publications manager, Lorna Ernst, with a CV or resume at lernst@wef.org

WEF Helps Host Capitol Hill Briefing on USGS PAHs Findings

A briefing hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI; Washington, D.C.), was held on Capitol Hill April 14.

This briefing, sponsored by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D–Texas), focused on findings by the USGS National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program on Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in urban lakes related to pavement sealant use in 40 cities.

Barbara Mahler, NAWQA program speaker for this briefing, presented the USGS findings that highlight major sources associated with increasing PAHs in urban lakes. The findings show, for example, that coal-tar-based pavement sealants are a much larger source of PAHs to urban lakes than previously identified sources, such as vehicle emissions, used motor oil, and tire particles. Also, USGS studies show that levels of PAHs in the dust of residences adjacent to parking lots with these sealants are about 25 times higher than in the dust of residences near other surface types. 

Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members
  • James B. Bewley, member since Jan. 1, 1973, California Water Environment Association
Life Member - Jim Bewley
Photo courtesy of James B. Bewley.
  • David DiGregorio, member since Jan. 1, 1971, Water Environment Association of Utah
Life Member - Dave DiGregorio
Photo courtesy of David DiGregorio.
  • John R. Getchell, member since Jan. 1 1974, AZ Water Association and California Water Environment Association
Life Member - John Getchell
Photo courtesy of John R. Getchell.
  • Howard B. LaFever, member since Jan. 1, 1967, New York Water Environment Association
Life Member - Howard LaFever
Photo courtesy of Howard B. LaFever.
  • George R. Schillinger, member since Jan. 1, 1970, Missouri Water Environment Association and Illinois Water Environment Association
Life Member - George R Schillinger
Photo courtesy of George R. Schillinger.
  • Henry W. Burwell, member since Jan. 1, 1972, Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association
  • Yung-Tse Hung, member since Jan. 1, 1975, Ohio Water Environment Association
  • L. Stephen Lau, member since Aug. 1, 1962, Hawaii Water Environment Association
  • William Porter, member since Jan. 1, 1967, Ohio Water Environment Association
Join the Conversation, Connect With WEF Through the Web

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) members can get the latest on WEF events, news, and discussions on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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Continue the conversation by joining the WEF LinkedIn Group. The page allows members to network, start or join discussions, and find and join WEF’s many LinkedIn subgroups including:

For more information on WEF’s social networking pages or how to get involved, see www.wef.org/socialmedia, or contact Tim Moran at tmoran@wef.org.  

Water Environment Federation Hosts Summits for Member Associations

The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) will host the Member Association (MA) Technology Summit on Aug. 3, followed by the MA Leaders Summit Aug. 4–5 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 sessions to assist MAs in the daily management and operations of their associations. 

Webcasts Offer Online Educational Opportunities

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 Service Lateral Rehabilitation, broadcast on June 1;  
  • Perspectives on Pump/Lift Station Rehabilitation, scheduled for Nov. 16; 
  • Perspectives on Pipeline Replacement, held Nov. 10 — recording available; and 
  • Perspectives on Manhole Rehabilitation, held Feb. 9 — recording available.
Don’t Miss These Conferences and Events

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

Global Opportunities for New Markets and Sales

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. Reserve your space at a WEF International Pavilion Show today.

Singapore International Water Week Water Expo 2011
During the next 3 years, the size of the market for water conservation and recycling systems in Singapore is projected to expand by 10% to 15% annually. The current size of this market is estimated at $950 million and the market is under pressure to expand because of the robust economic growth and increased population demands. The expo will be a premier water and environmental show in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

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

Aquatech Amsterdam 2011
During the next 10 years the Netherlands must invest at least $6.2 billion to live up to the safety and environmental standards set both by the Dutch and European governments. There are growing pressures on European countries to reverse years of environmental damage and to find more integrated pollution control techniques. This event provides a unique exhibiting venue and a single access point to the European environmental market.

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

WATEC Israel 2011
The water reuse rate in Israel stands at 70%, and the governments plans to move it to 90% by 2012. To accomplish this challenging initiative, innovative products and technologies will be in great demand. WATEC 2011 will be a premier water and environmental show in Israel.

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

The 2012 WEF Pavilion shows will be held in India, Dubai, China, and Germany. For more information, click here, or contact Laila Sukkariyyah at (703) 684-2458 or (703) 650-8516, or lsukkariyyah@wef.org

Attend a Security Training Series

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 1

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: