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April 2012, Vol. 49, No. 3

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WEF Water Leadership Institute Announces 2012 Participants

At press time, a total of 29 participants representing two countries, 21 U.S. states, and 28 organizations had confirmed their participation in the inaugural class of the Water Leadership Institute. The program, developed and operated by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), will help these future water-sector leaders develop new skills and knowledge. Participants receive program tuition, WEFTEC® 2012 conference registration, and a comprehensive curriculum delivered by expert instructors from various public and private organizations. 

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WEF received nearly 80 applications, and the review committee that chose the 2012 participants “was impressed with the talents and enthusiasm of the selected applicants,” the committee said.

In upcoming months, participants will learn about such topics as leadership styles, communication and presentation techniques, networking and managing professional relationships, entrepreneurship and innovative financing, infrastructure, sustainability, and strategic active leadership. They also will learn about trends and challenges in the water industry.

The program includes in-person, over-the-phone, and/or Web meetings every month. This class will graduate from the program at WEFTEC 2012. For more information, see www.water-leadership-institute.org

WEF Supports Nutrient Loading Policy Changes
As a part of the Healthy Waters Coalition, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is taking action to reduce nutrient loading in waterways from agriculture.

On March 6, the coalition announced several policy recommendations for the Farm Bill. These recommendations focus on strengthening the link between agricultural land and water quality and reducing nutrient runoff. They include targeting conservation programs to watersheds affected by nutrient runoff, linking federal agricultural payments and premium subsidies with practices that avoid adverse water quality effects from agricultural operations, and adding to the bill monitoring and evaluation tools and incentives to help farmers gather real-time data on nutrient abatement effectiveness.

In October 2011, the coalition released the report, Controlling Nutrient Loadings to U.S. Waterways: An Urban Perspective. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.) prepared the report, which was funded by WEF and the Turner Foundation (Atlanta). The report explains that reducing nutrient loads through agricultural practices is a more economically viable option, “because the cost to remove a pound of nitrogen or phosphorus from farm runoff and drainage is typically 4 to 5, sometimes 10 to 20, times less than the cost to remove the same amount from municipal wastewater or stormwater,” the report says.
WEF Releases New and Improved Standard Methods
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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has released Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater™, 22nd edition. The manual offers new and updated content in more than 40% of its sections.

Since 1905, analysts, researchers, regulatory officials, and other professionals have relied on this book as the source for accurate, proven methodology to analyze wastewater, natural water, and water supplies. It provides methods for measuring the biological, chemical, and physical attributes of water and guidance for choosing methods for specific element and compounds.

Published by WEF, the American Public Health Association (Washington, D.C.), and the American Water Works Association (Denver), Standard Methods has been reviewed and approved by a consensus of experts in water analysis.  

“The 22nd edition provides more than 400 proven analytical methods — many officially approved by EPA [the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency],” said WEF Executive Director Jeff Eger. “This manual belongs on the shelf of any chemist, radiochemist, or microbiologist who evaluates water quality.” 

WEF Releases Biosolids Land Applier Study Guide

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has released the study guide, WEF/ABC Biosolids Land Appliers’ Guide to Preparing for the Certification Examination. The guide accompanies the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC; Ankeny, Iowa) Biosolids Land Appliers Certification Program to help prepare for ABC’s certification exam.

The guide includes sample questions for the seven core competencies of both the Biosolids Land Appliers Class 1 and Class 2 skill levels. Each sample question references specific technical resources recommended by ABC. The study guide also lists requirements for certification, as well as formulas, conversion factors, and abbreviations and acronyms commonly used by land-appliers. The study guide costs $38 for WEF members and $49 for nonmembers.

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WEF Hosts Member Appreciation Book Sale
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.
Take Advantage of Online Educational Opportunities with WEF’s Free Webcasts

WEF Webcast LogoThe Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) now offers its webcasts at no cost to members, as well as to the rest of the water sector. The webcasts are provided at no cost because of the financial support of sponsors. Sponsors receive visibility by way of company logos, advertisements, and Web link placements during live and archived webcasts. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Basic Wastewater Treatment Operations Series
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.). Some portions of each webcast may be interactive and include homework assignments to be completed voluntarily. Each webcast offers 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs); check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify.

NBP Webcast on Thermal Hydrolysis
The National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) will host the webcast, Thermal Hydrolysis Comes to America: DC Water’s Blue Plains Digestion Project, on April 25 from 2–3:45 p.m. (EDT). Participants will learn about the thermal hydrolysis technology being installed at the DC Water Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, as well as the benefits of the technology from various perspectives, costs, and other requirements for installing the technology. This webcast offers 1.75 PDHs; check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify. Register here.

View previous NBP webcasts here.

MA Leaders Series
WEF Member Association leaders are invited to participate in this series of quarterly webcasts to learn leadership skills, hear updated information about WEF technical initiatives, and connect with WEF Executive Director Jeff Eger.

The webcast, Technical Update: Energy, Stormwater, Operators, and Innovation, is scheduled for April 18. To find more information on this and other educational opportunities, see the 2012 WEF MA Leader Education Program resource center.

Fundamentals of Membrane Bioreactors Webcast Series
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 the considerations for facility design and construction of MBRs. Each webcast offers 2.0 PDHs; check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify.

  • Fundamentals of Membrane Bioreactors Part 2: MBR Terms — May 2, 1–3 p.m. (EDT). Topics to be covered include process design and MBR process operation. Click here to register.
  • Fundamentals of Membrane Bioreactors Part 3: Activated Sludge — July 11, 1–3 p.m. (EDT). Topics to be covered include equipment procurement, facility design, and MBR facility operation. Click here to register.
  • Fundamentals of Membrane Bioreactors Part 1: Process Fundamentals (recording available).
WEF Stormwater Committee Leadership Makes a Splash at Midyear
The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Stormwater Committee presented its Stormwater Strategic Plan to the Committee Leadership Council at WEF’s Midyear meeting in New Orleans on Jan. 26. This plan provides a listing of the committee’s vision and mission statements, as well as an outline of goals and prioritized strategies for the first 3 years. Learn more about the committee at www.wef.org/stormwatercommittee.
WEF Participates in U.S. EPA Integrated Planning Workshops
The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), along with other stakeholders, participated in a series of five facilitated workshops, held between Jan. 1 and Feb. 17 across the country, to provide the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with feedback on its proposed integrated planning framework for municipal wastewater and stormwater plans. The proposed framework is designed to allow municipalities to balance Clean Water Act requirements by addressing their most pressing public health and environmental issues first while considering local financial capabilities.

A WEF board member and WEF member for a local utility or representative from the WEF Government Affairs Committee attended each workshop. WEF stressed that the framework should support a holistic watershed approach to meeting Clean Water Act goals, advancing cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and innovation. WEF commended EPA for this effort and pledged to help institute the framework when it is finalized.
Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members
  • L. Carl Yates, member since Jan. 1, 1968, Arkansas Water Environment Association.
  • H. Richard Esvelt, member since Jan. 1, 1974, Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association.
  • Rose Mary Bagby, member since Jan. 1, 1976, Mississippi Water Environment Association.
  • Martin E. Harper, member since Jan. 1, 1969, Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association.
WEF Needs Reviewers for Books

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 ensuring high quality while maintaining the publication schedule. The following opportunities are available:

  • MOP 31, Process Modeling for Designers, will be a revision of 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 to contain more practical guidance on using process models for design and to use this material as the basis for future training courses. Publication of the manual is set for May 2013. Andy Shaw and Bruce Johnson are leading the project. The first draft is ready for review now. If interested in serving as a reviewer, contact Britt Sheinbaum at bsheinbaum@wef.org.
  • 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. Bob Hill of the San Jacinto River Authority (Conroe, Texas) is leading the project. 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 , will revise Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) Operation in Wastewater Treatment Plants. The new manual 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. This will be presented in addition to current engineering practices used for biological nutrient removal. Publication is set for August 2013. Michael Gerardi of Cromaglass Corp. (Williamsport, Pa.) is leading the project. The first draft will be ready for review in early June. If interested in serving as a reviewer, contact Britt Sheinbaum at bsheinbaum@wef.org.
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Design , a textbook published originally in 2003, is being updated to reflect changes in the industry included in the latest (2009) edition of Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants (MOP 8). WEF’s Technical Practice Committee seeks reviewers for 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”. Tom Jenkins and Daniel Nolasco are editing the revised textbook. The first draft will be available for review in mid-May. If interested in serving as a reviewer, send a brief resume to Lorna Ernst at lernst@wef.org.
Enter Students in the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize State Competition
The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is in search of the next U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize winner. To be eligible for the competition, high school students with water-related science projects must complete the online entry form and electronically submit their research paper. Projects should use a research-oriented approach, using scientifically accepted methodologies for experimentation, monitoring, and reporting, including statistical analysis. 

WEF Member Association members are encouraged to award regional certificates to students who have entered water-science projects in local science fairs. Members also can nominate students who are working on water-science projects by contacting Stevi Hunt–Cottrell at shunt-cottrell@wef.org or (703) 684-2454. The deadline for a student to enter the state competition is April 15. 
Attend These Educational Events
Odors and Air Pollutants 2012
April 15–18, Kentucky International Convention Center (Louisville)

The conference will feature presentations, interactive discussions, posters, workshops, and exhibits focusing on real-life experience and lessons learned. See the conference brochure for program details.

Register online.

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 by May 2 to receive the super saver rate.
Sneak Peak at Additional Educational Opportunities in 2012
Stormwater Symposium 2012
July 18–20, Sheraton Baltimore City Center

The event 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.

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

Find background and registration information at www.gesuikyou.jp/conference/english

Stormwater Utility Seminar
Aug. 2, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (Chicago)

This 1-day seminar will focus on various aspects of stormwater utility management. Topics will include regulatory updates on stormwater, technical aspects of fee development, public outreach in stormwater utility feasibility analyses, planning considerations for fee-based structures, legal trends on stormwater utilities across the country, and legislative updates on stormwater utilities at the state level. See the agenda and the seminar flyer for more information.
Register To Attend a WEFMAX Meeting

Register now to attend one of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) 2012 WEFMAX meetings. At these meetings, WEF leaders have the opportunity to discuss challenges, share successes, and become acquainted with WEF staff and Member Association leaders.

This year’s meetings feature a new format to foster more in-depth information-sharing on topics important to WEF Member Associations. Each meeting will include four dialogue sessions on selected topics.

Global Opportunities for New Markets and Sales
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.

IFAT ENTSORGA Germany 2012
May 7–11, Munich

The trade fair for environmental solutions provides a unique exhibiting venue with a single access point to the entire European environmental market. In 2010, this event attracted 110,000 attendees from 85 countries and 2730 exhibiting companies from 49 countries.

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 program, click here, or contact Cari Zimmerman at (703) 535-5266, (703) 795-2518, or czimmerman@wef.org.