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October 2011, Vol. 48, No. 8

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WEFTEC 2011: Plan To Attend and Stay Updated on Conference Events
WEFTEC 2010 Registration 2 Small You still have a chance to join thousands of water and wastewater professionals at WEFTEC® 2011, to be held Oct. 15–19 in the Los Angeles Convention Center. The conference features an exhibit space of more than 26,000 m2 (280,000 ft2), with approximately 910 exhibitors, 27 workshops, 114 technical sessions, and more than 800 presentations and posters.  

Stay connected before, during, and after the conference through Facebook, Twitter, and the WEFTEC Spotlight and check the WEFTEC website for updates from the conference. For those attending, don’t forget to add the WEFTEC application to your smartphone to help stay organized and plan what exhibitors you want to visit by seeing the Product Showcase.
Attendees register on site for WEFTEC 2010. Photo courtesy of Oscar Einzig Photography. Click for larger image.

In the September 2011 Highlights, learn more about getting approval and registering for, as well as attending, WEFTEC 2011, the opening general session, dedicated exhibition hall time, competing to win a 2012 Ford Fusion, Operations Challenge, students and young professionals events, continuing education opportunities, the WEF Bookstore, and the Global Center and business opportunities.Read detailed coverage on different aspects of WEFTEC 2011 in the August WEFTEC 2011 Preview in WE&T and the September WEFTEC 2011 Preview in WE&T.
WEF Staff Help Raise Money To Give Schools WWMD Monitoring Kits

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) staff joined forces on Aug. 24 to raise money to equip four Washington, D.C.-area schools with World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) classroom kits. 

To celebrate National Water Quality Month, the WEF Eco team organized a bake sale, where other staff purchased drinks and desserts, including coffee donated by Starbucks (Seattle), cupcakes donated by Cupcake Delight (Arlington, Va.), and other items prepared by staff, to meet a fund-raising goal of $200.

The money raised went to purchase four WWMD classroom kits for Imagine Hope Community Charter School (Washington D.C.), J.C. Parks Elementary School (Indian Head, Md.), Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital (Washington D.C.), and St. Michael the Archangel School (Silver Spring, Md.).

Submit Abstracts and Workshop Proposals for WEF Inaugural Stormwater Symposium 2012

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) will hold its inaugural Stormwater Symposium 2012 in cooperation with the Chesapeake Water Environment Association (Sparks, Md.) July 18–20 at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center. WEF seeks abstracts and workshop proposals for this event. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 26.

The symposium will focus on national issues, including the proposed national stormwater rulemaking, regional issues, developing technologies, and management approaches. Abstracts should address the key topics of green infrastructure planning, performance, and case studies; mitigating combined sewer overflows using stormwater-based solutions; best management practice performance and monitoring; stormwater funding and utility creation; public communication and outreach in stormwater management; municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permitting challenges and solutions; industrial stormwater management case studies; stormwater research studies; erosion and sediment control planning, design, implementation, and monitoring; and innovative approaches to stormwater management.

Find Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities at Future WEF Events
2012 Conference Exhibition and Sponsorship Catalog Small Learn about the exhibition and sponsorship opportunities for future Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) conferences by downloading the 2012 Conference Exhibition and Sponsorship Catalog. Details about WEF’s upcoming training and educational events are available both in the catalog and on the WEF Conferences site
New WEF Bill Stuffer To Educate Municipalities About Stormwater

Educate those in your community about their role in maintaining clean water and supporting water and wastewater infrastructure.

Stormwater Runoff: Take It Personally is a new bill stuffer developed by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) to educate people about the environmental effects of polluted stormwater runoff and what they can do to prevent this source of water pollution.

Other bill stuffers include Sustainability Starts at Your Sink: How To Dispose of Household Waste, It's a Toilet, Not a Trashcan!, Too Cute To Pollute?, Ever Wonder Where It Goes?, Fat-Free Sewers: How To Prevent Fats, Oils, and Greases From Damaging Your Home and the Environment, and Drug-Free Drains: You Can Help Protect Our Waters From Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products. These bill stuffers can be used as mailers, bill inserts, or handouts for meetings, exhibits, plant tours, and school programs. Click here for additional educational communications resources.

For a complimentary sample of any brochure or bill stuffer, contact WEF’s Customer Service Department at (800) 666-0206 or csc@wef.org. For more information, contact Nancy Shark at (703) 684-2400, ext. 7120.

Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members
  • Paul L. Bishop, member since Jan. 1, 1973, New England Water Environment Association.  
Life Member - Paul Bishop(2)
Photo courtesy of Paul L. Bishop
  • Dennis Cafaro, member since Jan. 1, 1977, Florida Water Environment Association.
Life Member - Dennis Cafaro
Photo courtesy of Dennis Cafaro.
  • C. Rick Coneway, member since Jan. 1, 1976, Water Environment Association of Texas.
Life Member- Rick Coneway
Photo courtesy of C. Rick Coneway.
  • Richard C. Crist, member since Jan. 1, 1973, New York Water Environment Association.
Life Member - Richard Crist
Photo courtesy of Richard C. Crist.
  • Rodney Ivie, member since Jan. 1, 1976, Water Environment Association of Utah.
Life Member - Rod Ivie
Photo courtesy of Rodney Ivie.
  • Glenn Longley, member since Jan. 1, 1972, Water Environment Association of Texas.
Life Member - Glenn Longley
Photo courtesy of Glenn Longley.
  • Thomas T. Satchell, member since Jan. 1, 1973, Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association.
Life Member - Tom Satchell
Photo courtesy of Thomas T. Satchell.
  • Robert C. Clinger, member since Jan. 1, 1973, AZ Water Association, Virginia Water Environment Association, and Chesapeake Water Environment Association.
  • James Crooks, member since Jan. 1, 1976, Pennsylvania Water Environment Association.
  • Terry L. Hennkens, member since Jan. 1, 1976, Missouri Water Environment Association.
  • Larry J. Karns, member since Jan. 1, 1972, Pacific Northwest Water Environment Association.
  • Frank R. McNeice, member since Jan. 1, 1975, Florida Water Environment Association.
  • Allen L. Rupp, member since Jan. 1, 1976, Ohio Water Environment Association.
  • Ric Tower, member since Jan. 1, 1976, Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association.
Take WEF Online Courses To Earn CEUs and Contact Hours From Select States

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Distance Learning online training fundamental courses have received approval from Arizona and Massachusetts, in addition to Alaska, Connecticut, Indiana, Nevada, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Earn continuing education units (CEUs) and contact hours by taking these fundamental courses located on the Online Training website. For more information, contact Rebecca Arvin at rarvin@wef.org.  

Calling All Treatment Works

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) magazine, WE&T, is looking for a few good treatment facilities. Plant Profile provides an up-close look at water and wastewater treatment plants, collection systems, and outstanding operations and maintenance personnel.

WE&T currently seeks new entries, so here is your chance to brag about the technologies, processes, and people that make your facility exceptional.

Read the archive of past Plant Profiles. For more information or to request a questionnaire, contact Steve Spicer, WE&T managing editor, at (703) 684-2463 or sspicer@wef.org.  

Access Past Webcasts Online

If you were unable to participate in a recent Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) webcast, now you can access them online any time through the Online Training Web site. Webcasts provide an additional way to learn online. All you need is an Internet connection.  

Reviewers Needed for Manual of Practice on Process Modeling for Designers

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is revising Manual of Practice No. 31, which will be titled Process Modeling for Designers (formerly Introduction to Process Modeling for Designers). Process modeling rapidly is becoming the default tool of choice for process design. The intention of this publication is to expand MOP 31,include more practical guidance on using process models for design, and use this material as the basis for future training courses.

Publication of the manual is set for May 2013. The project, being led by Andy Shaw and Bruce Johnson, officially launched in August, and the first draft is scheduled to be ready for review in January. If you are interested in participating as a reviewer and able to work closely with WEF staff and dedicate your expertise and time to ensuring the development of a high-quality manual according to the publication schedule, contact Britt Sheinbaum at bsheinbaum@wef.org.  

Webcasts Offer Online Educational Opportunities

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

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

  • “Perspectives on Pump/Lift Station Rehabilitation,” scheduled for Nov. 16;
  • “Perspectives on Service Lateral Rehabilitation,” held June 1 — recording available;  
  • “Perspectives on Manhole Rehabilitation,” held Feb. 9 — recording available; and
  • “Perspectives on Pipeline Replacement,” held Nov. 10, 2010 — recording available.  
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.

Aquatech Amsterdam 2011
During the next 10 years, the Netherlands will have to 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
Water reuse rates in Israel stand at 70%, and the government plans to increase rates 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 Cari Zimmerman at (703) 535-5266, (703) 795-2518, or czimmerman@wef.org.