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March 2010, Vol. 47, No. 2

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) newsletter Water Environment Laboratory Solutions needs two new editorial advisory board (EAB) members. Volunteer EAB members perform an extremely valuable service to WEF, lending their professional expertise to WEF periodicals and serving as our “eyes and ears” in the field.

EABs are not peer review boards, nor do they approve editorial content. Rather, EAB members serve in an advisory capacity to the newsletter editor, providing news story ideas, feedback on features, and other suggestions. Those interested must be able to provide a minimum time commitment of 2 to 3 hours a month and participate in bimonthly Solutions EAB conference phone calls. To apply, send a resume and letter explaining your experience in laboratory analysis to Solutions editor Cathy Vidito at cvidito@wef.org.

Reviewers Needed for New Manual of Practice on Membrane Bioreactors

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is developing a new Manual of Practice on membrane bioreactors (MBRs). WEF’s Technical Practice Committee is looking for individuals willing to serve as reviewers. This effort is being led by WEF members Glen Daigger and Adrienne Menniti, both from CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.).

The manual will provide the wastewater practitioner with the information necessary to evaluate MBRs for a particular application, size and select the necessary equipment, and supervise the final design of a MBR facility. It also will provide an introduction and overview of MBR technology.

The proposed outline for the book is as follows:

  • Chapter 1 — Introduction.
  • Chapter 2 — Membrane Fundamentals.
  • Chapter 3 — Biological Process Fundamentals.
  • Chapter 4 — MBR Process Design.
  • Chapter 5 — MBR Facility Design.
  • Chapter 6 — MBR Operation.

The draft of the manual will be available for review in mid-June. Reviewers must be able to work closely with WEF staff and dedicate expertise and time to ensuring the development of a high-quality manual according to the publication development schedule. Those interested should send a brief resume to WEF Project Manager Britt Sheinbaum at bsheinbaum@wef.org

Upcoming WEF Specialty Conferences

Register Now for These Specialty Conferences

Cities of the Future

: March 7–10, 2010

: Boston Marriott Cambridge

What: An interdisciplinary approach will be required to create a sustainable urban infrastructure that will meet the challenges of the 21st century. Interdependent engineered and natural systems and technological advances will be required for the paradigm shift to tomorrow’s eco-cities. The Cities of the Future conference will bring together a diverse group of practitioners who share a vision of an improved urban landscape for future generations and are working to make cities of the future a reality.

Registration: Registration is open now. As an added bonus, one registration fee gives attendees access to technical sessions at this and the Urban River Restoration conference, enabling attendees to customize their learning agendas. Click here to register.

Urban River Restoration
When: March 7–10, 2010

Where: Boston Marriott Cambridge

What: With an increased focus on sustainable practices and a population shift back to cities, as well as an emphasis on a livable urban environment, urban river restoration is under way in many cities, and practitioners are faced with challenges. The conference will initiate a dialogue among the engineering, scientific, regulatory, and stakeholder communities to address these challenges.

Registration: Registration is open now. As an added bonus, one registration fee gives attendees access to technical sessions at this and the Cities of the Future conference, enabling attendees to customize their learning agendas. Click here to register.

Odors and Air Pollutants
When: March 21–24, 2010

Where: Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center

What: Every 2 years, this conference brings together environmental professionals from around the world for a showcase on odors and air pollution management. With technical sessions and workshops, this event educates attendees about current issues, regulatory requirements, and methods for analyzing problems and finding solutions.

Registration: Click here to register.

Residuals and Biosolids
: May 23–26, 2010

Where: Savannah (Ga.) International Trade and Convention Center

What: This conference will highlight beneficial use options, science, and technologies currently available to leverage biosolids as a valuable resource. Example benefits include heat and power production, nutrient recovery, and use of treated biosolids as a carbon-rich soil amendment.

Registration: Registration is open now. Sign up for the conference by April 21 and save with the super-saver rate. Click here to register.

Exhibit at a WEF Specialty Conference

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) specialty conferences provide an excellent opportunity to connect with water and wastewater audiences. If you are interested in exhibiting at a conference, contact Sarah Evans at sevans@wef.org or (703) 684-2400, ext. 7739.

More Upcoming Specialty Conferences

Membrane Applications

When: June 6–9, 2010

Where: Hilton Anaheim (Calif.)

Registration: Call (703) 684-2441, or send e-mail to registration@wef.org.

Collection Systems
: June 13–16, 2010

Where: Phoenix Convention Center

Registration: Call (703) 684-2441, or send e-mail to registration@wef.org.

Biofilm Reactor Technology Conference
: August 15–18, 2010

Where: Portland (Ore.) Marriott

Registration: Call (703) 684-2441, or send e-mail to registration@wef.org.

Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members

  • Terrance L. Campbell, member since Jan. 1, 1968, New England Water Environment Association.
 Life Member - Campbell
Photo courtesy of Terrance L. Campbell.
  • David T. Burtner, member since Jan. 1, 1975, Ohio Water Environment Association.
  • David P. Clement, member since Jan. 1, 1970, Arizona Water Environment Association.
  • Stacy L. Daniels, member since Jan. 1, 1976, Michigan Water Environment Association.
  • Klaus S. Feindler, member since Jan. 1, 1972, New York Water Environment Association.
  • Robert E. Phelps, member since Jan. 1, 1971, Ohio Water Environment Association.
  • Glenn R. Wentink, member since Jan. 1, 1966, Central States Water Environment Association and Illinois Water Environment Association. 

Begin Monitoring Local Waterways for WWMD 2010

WWMD LogoAs the first day of spring approaches, so does the opportunity to begin monitoring local waterways for 2010. March 22 marks the beginning of the World Water Monitoring DayTM (WWMD) monitoring window. The international education and outreach program builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens in basic monitoring of local waterbodies. In 2009, more than 120,000 people reported data from around the globe.

WWMD, officially celebrated on Sept. 18, allows citizens to monitor and report data to the WWMD database from March 22 through Dec. 31. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and International Water Association (IWA; London, England) coordinate the program and plan to expand participation to 1 million people in 100 countries by 2012. Participants use WWMD test kits to monitor four water quality indicators — dissolved oxygen, acidity, temperature, and turbidity — and submitted results are compiled and made available through the WWMD Web site. For more information see www.wwmd.org.

WEF Offers International Exhibiting Opportunities

For those with business development plans that include the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) offers the opportunity to exhibit with WEF International Pavilions at the Water, Energy Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX); the International Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse, Recycling, and Natural Energy Sources (IFAT) China and China Water Show; IFAT — International Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse and Recycling; and a show in Latin America with details to be determined. These opportunities offer cost-effective direct marketing opportunities for equipment manufacturers and service providers at major water and wastewater shows around the world.

WEF Pavilion at WETEX
The Water, Energy Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) will take place March 9–11, at the Dubai (United Arab Emirates) International Convention and Exhibition Centre. This International Exhibits -WETEXannual event will provide access to Emirati and other growing Arab Gulf and Middle Eastern markets.

WEF would like to acknowledge the following companies scheduled to exhibit at the WEF Pavilion at WETEX:

  • Bio-Microbics Inc. (Shawnee, Kan.).
  • CDM (Cambridge, Mass.).
  • Nikuni Co. Ltd. (Kuji, Japan).
  • Red Valve Co. Inc. (Carnegie, Pa.).
  • Zoeller Co. (Louisville, Ky.).

WEF Pavilion at the IFAT China and China Water Show 2010
The IFAT China and China Water Show 2010 are now co-located. The show will take place May 5–7 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center in Shanghai, China. This annual event is set to be the leading platform for the environmental industry in China and Asia.

WEF would like to acknowledge the following companies scheduled to exhibit at the WEF Pavilion at IFAT China and China Water Show:

  • Bio-Microbics Inc. (Shawnee, Kan.).
  • DuraFlow LLC (Tewksbury, Mass.).
  • Infilco Degremont (Richmond, Va.).

WEF Pavilion at IFAT Munich — Space Selling Quickly
IFAT will take place Sept. 13–17 at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany. This show is now hosted every 2 years and is a must-attend event for access to European markets.

WEF would like to acknowledge the following companies scheduled to exhibit at the WEF Pavilion at IFAT Munich:

  • Aeration Industries International Inc. (Minneapolis).
  • APG–Neuros Inc. (Boisbriand, Quebec).
  • Aqua-Aerobics Systems Inc. (Rockford, Ill.). 
  • Berlie–Falco Technologies Inc. (La Prairie, Quebec).
  • Bio-Microbics Inc. (Shawnee, Kan.).
  • Carus Europe (Peru, Ill.).
  • Pacific Consolidated Industries (Riverside, Calif.).
  • Phoenix Process Equipment Co. (Louisville, Ky.).
  • Ross Valve Manufacturing Co. Inc. (Troy, N.Y.).
  • SEKISUI NordiTube Inc. (San Clemente, Calif.).
  • Selwood (Eastleigh, England).
  • Team Industrial Services (Alvin, Texas).
  • World Water Works Inc. (Oklahoma City).

WEF Pavilion at Show in Latin America
Fall 2010 location to be determined.

For pavilion brochure, benefits, show reports, exhibitor lists, show hours, floor plans, or more information, see www.wef.org/internationalpavilion, or contact Laila Sukkariyyah at lsukkariyyah@wef.org, (703) 684-2458, or (703) 650-8516 (mobile).

WEF would like to thank the following exhibiting companies for their support of the 2008 and 2009 WEF International Pavilion Program–CWS in Shanghai, China; IFAT in Munich, Germany; and WETEX in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: ADS LLC, Aqua-Aerobics Systems Inc., Aries Industries/Vac-Con, ASA Analytics, Bio-Microbics Inc., Dwyer Instruments, Groth Corp., Hayward Flow Control Systems, Hydro Instruments, Kemira Chemicals (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., Liquid Waste Technology LLC, LobeStar Pump, Mody Pumps Inc., NEFCO Inc., Neuros Co. Ltd., Penn Valley Pump Co. Inc., Pulsafeeder Inc., Red Valve Co., Robbins and Myers Fluid Management Group, Ross Valve Manufacturing Co. Inc., Selwood Pumps, Thern Inc., and World Water Works Inc. 

Volunteers and Sponsors Needed for Boy Scouts Jamboree

For the fourth time, the Public Communication and Outreach Committee of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is sponsoring an exhibit as part of the Conservation Trail at the 2010 Boy Scouts of America (Irving, Texas) Jamboree, which will be held July 26 to Aug. 4 at Fort A.P. Hill in Bowling Green, Va.

WEF’s 2005 exhibit helped educate the more than 15,000 scouts on the importance of water quality, highlighting watersheds, wastewater infrastructure needs, prevention of sewer overflows from oil and grease clogs, and biosolids. 
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WEF volunteers pose on pipes that were a part of an educational exhibit at the 2001 Boy Scout Jamboree. Click for larger image.
This year, which marks the 100th anniversary of Scouting, WEF is seeking volunteers to help educate and talk to scouts at its “Nature’s Way” exhibit, which will consist of five interactive water quality stations. WEF also is accepting sponsorship contributions to fund WEF’s commemorative hatpin, T-shirts, and other give-aways. Interested sponsors or volunteers should contact Steve Harrison at SHarrison@wef.org or (703) 684-2400, ext. 7715.

For more information, see the 2010 Boy Scouts of America Jamboree site.

WEF Leaders Invited To Attend WEFMAX Meetings and Leaders Summit

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) House of Delegate members and Member Association (MA) leaders are invited to attend the WEFMAX meeting March 11–13 at the Sheraton Hotel Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, or the WEFMAX meeting April 8–9 at the Westin in Alexandria. The meetings provide an opportunity to discuss challenges, share successes, and become acquainted with WEF staff and MA leaders.

Throughout the year, four WEFMAX meetings are being held across North America. The remaining meetings will be held May 6–7 in Cleveland and May 13–14 in San Diego. For more information, click here.

The 2010 MA Leaders Summit will be held in conjunction with the WEFMAX meeting at the Westin in Alexandria. This event, taking place April 7, will provide a day of learning opportunities for MA leaders. For more information, click here.

Young Professionals Invited To Attend 2010 YP Summit

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) young professionals are invited to attend the 2010 YP Summit, which will offer a variety of professional development sessions on career enhancement topics, such as leadership skills and job advancement. The event will be held March 11 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Carolina, Puerto Rico. The registration fee is $50. Register online or click here for more information.