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November 2010, Vol. 47, No. 9

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WEF Names Editor-in-Chief for Water Environment Research

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) named Michael K. Stenstrom editor-in-chief of its international research journal Water Environment Research (WER). Stenstrom, a distinguished professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will be responsible for the overall editorial direction of the journal and implementing enhancements to attract high-quality water research from around the world.

“I am very pleased to become chief editor,” Stenstrom said. “I will do my best to guide WER to become the premier journal in water and wastewater treatment, with greater impact and more rapid publication.”

Stenstrom, after earning B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in environmental systems engineering from Clemson University (Clemson, S.C.), spent the majority of his 35-year career as a researcher and professor at UCLA. His editorial background includes having authored or co-authored 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals, of which 37 appeared in WER, and 50 technical reports; presented or co-authored 279 papers at field-related conferences and seminars; developed 70 research grants and contracts; and served as WER editor since 2001 and chair of the WER Board of Editorial Review since 2006. In addition, he is a WEF member, holds five patents, has been a registered professional civil engineer in California since 1982, and has been a board-certified environmental engineer of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (Annapolis, Md.) since 1989.  

WEF Makes Impressive Showing at IFAT 2010


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The WEF International Pavilion at the IFAT ENTSORGA 2010 show in Munich. Click for larger image.
The international presence of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) continues to grow in size and influence. The WEF International Pavilion was the second largest continuous stand among 2730 exhibitors from 49 countries at the IFAT ENTSORGA 2010 show in Munich Sept. 13 to 17.

WEF’s 252-m2 pavilion included 20 individual company exhibits. This presence enabled exhibiting companies to reach out to the 110,000 trade visitors from 185 countries who attended the event.

“[Our] decision to exhibit in the WEF Pavilion at IFAT ENTSORGA 2010 proved to be a valuable, cost-effective option for our company,” said Chris Mitchell, international sales manager for Red Valve Co./Tideflex Technologies (Carnegie, Pa.). “The logistical support given to our company prior to and during the show allowed us to focus on preshow marketing efforts, maximize our time onsite visiting current clients and prospecting for new ones. We would recommend this program to any company looking to grow their market share overseas without reservation.”

For more information about the 2010–2011 WEF International Pavilion Program, contact Laila Sukkariyyah at lsukkariyyah@wef.org, or see www.wef.org/internationalpavilion.  



Water Environment Federation Announces Fellows Program

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has announced the WEF Fellows Program to recognize the professional achievements, impact, and stature of members in the practice areas served by WEF, including — but not limited to — design, education, operations, regulation, research, and utility management and leadership.

WEF Fellows applicants and nominees will be considered by a selection committee and approved by the WEF Board of Trustees. If you or another member deserves recognition for professional achievements and have a minimum of 5 consecutive years of WEF membership and a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in a practice area served by WEF, submit an application or nomination today.

The deadline to submit applications and nominations is Feb. 1, 2011. For more information, see http://www.wef.org/weffellowsprogram, or contact Theresa Mixon at tmixon@wef.org

Don’t Miss This Chance To Participate in WEFTEC 2011


Don’t miss your chance to participate in WEFTEC® 2011, to be held Oct. 15–19 in Los Angeles. Submit your abstract and session proposal today.  
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Call for Abstracts
Be a part of the technical program at WEFTEC by submitting an abstract for consideration to present in Los Angeles at WEFTEC 2011. Abstract proposals are accepted online and are due by Dec. 2. Authors of accepted papers will be notified in April 2011. For more information, see the detailed list of topics.

Session Proposals
Propose a whole or half session for the WEFTEC 2011 technical program. Submit session proposals on the Session Proposal Form to Susan Merther at smerther@wef.org by Dec. 2.


Submit Abstracts and Proposals for Energy and Water 2011

Take the opportunity to submit an abstract, session proposal, and workshop proposal for the upcoming conference, Energy and Water 2011 — Efficiency, Generation, Management, and Climate Impacts, scheduled for July 31 to Aug. 3 in Chicago.

The call for abstracts seeks submissions under the topics of energy efficiency and generation, utility management, climate impacts, zero net energy facilities and beyond, manufacturers’ forum, and academic forum. Abstracts are accepted online and are due by Dec. 10, as are session proposals and/or workshop proposals. If you are interested in becoming even more involved, join the conference planning committee by contacting Renee Kayal at rkayal@wef.org.  

WEF Membership Committee Seeks Members

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Board of Trustees recently approved a modification to the Membership Committee mission, to focus on programs and services that add value to WEF membership, and WEF needs your help. 


Membership Committee Charge: Advise the Board of Trustees on strategies, programs, and services to enhance the value of WEF membership; work with Member Associations to develop programs to promote and enhance WEF membership; and work with staff to develop and implement approved membership value programs.


With the new focus, it is essential that the Membership Committee include representatives from all segments of WEF’s membership to ensure an inclusive and balanced perspective as WEF considers its programs and services and assignments that may be given to the committee by the Board of Trustees.

WEF encourages members to join and help with its important work and is soliciting members for the Membership Committee from all of these segments:

  • operations
  • engineering
  • utility
  • young professionals
  • academia
  • representatives from Member Associations that require WEF membership
  • representatives from Member Associations that provide a non-WEF membership option
  • representatives from the House of Delegates.

Interested WEF members can join committees, a list of which can be found in the committee section at www.wef.org/members. For more information, contact Membership Committee Chair Howard Kimbrell at howard.kimbrell@jacobs.com or Vice Chair Joe Bonaccorso at jbonaccorso@jmeuc.com.  

Register Now for Nutrient Recovery and Management Conference

Nutrient Recovery and Management

Jan. 9–12, 2011, Hilton Miami Downtown

The conference will discuss recent developments in nutrient management practices in industrial and municipal wastewater treatment systems and solutions, from conventional biological nutrient removal treatment to enhanced nutrient reduction.  

Attend the Impaired Waters Symposium 2011

Impaired Waters Symposium 2011: Spanning the Water Quality Continuum — From Standards to TMDLs
Jan. 12–13, 2011, Hilton Miami Downtown

The symposium will bring together water practitioners to exchange information on the challenges and opportunities from new and more-stringent numeric water quality standards for parameters, as well as the increased precision and scale of pollutant and source detection. 

Participate in WEF’s Upcoming Webcasts

Be sure to participate in the following upcoming Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) webcasts:

Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members


  • James A. Merideth, member since Jan. 1, 1972, Iowa Water Environment Association.  
Life Member- James Merideth
Photo courtesy of James A. Merideth.
  • Robert A. Corbitt, member since Jan. 1, 1968, Georgia Association of Water Professionals.
  • Dave Newkirk, member since Jan. 1, 1972, Arizona Water Association.
  • James H. Reynolds, member since Jan. 1, 1970, Iowa Water Environment Association.
  • Murli Tolaney, member since Jan. 1, 1970, California Water Environment Association.


WERF Hosts Virtual Research Forum


The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.) will once again bring its Annual Research Forum to desktops across the world Dec. 7 beginning at 11 a.m. (EST). 

The online forum addresses wastewater, stormwater, and asset management challenges through educational sessions in the areas of operations and technology, and water quality. Participants can move from one session to another and view presentations again for 90 days following the forum. 
Other features include live chat in the virtual networking lounge with all presenters, live interaction with other participants, audio and video presentations, vendor booths, and tool demonstrations. The event sponsors, American Cleaning Institute (Washington, D.C.); Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.); CDM (Cambridge, Mass.); EMA (St. Paul, Minn.); Freese and Nichols (Fort Worth, Texas); Greeley and Hansen (Chicago); HDR (Omaha, Neb.); InSinkErator (Racine, Wis.); Malcolm Pirnie (White Plains, N.Y.); PBS&J (Tampa, Fla.); and TrojanUV (London, Ontario), will have their own virtual trade show pavilion, where they will be able to share information on their products and services. Companies interested in sponsorships should contact Jane Knecht at jknecht@werf.org or (571) 384-2096.

Participation is free to all employees of WERF’s subscriber organizations. Nonsubscribers and members of educational institutions can register for a small fee and are eligible for a group registration license for multiple viewers in a single location. Register at www.werf.org/registration


WEF Announces Water-Sector Interdependencies Training

Safe drinking water and wastewater treatment and service are essential to the public health and economic vitality of any society. Preparing to promote drinking water and wastewater services during and following an incident will reduce hardships. 

Water Sector Interdependencies

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, will hold a series of general awareness trainings on water-sector interdependencies:


Receive a Discount To Attend the American Water Summit 2010

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) collaborated with Global Water Intelligence for its water and investment conference, American Water Summit 2010, scheduled for Nov. 3–4 in Washington, D.C. Featured speakers will include WEF President Jeanette Brown, members of WEF’s Global Water Strategies Council, and WEF Executive Director Bill Bertera. WEF members receive a $100 discount on registration; use “WEF” as the discount code.  

WEF Collaborates on the Charting New Water Document


The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) joined a diverse coalition of businesses, farmers, environmental not-for-profits, and government agencies to issue Charting New Waters: A Call to Action To Address U.S. Freshwater Challenges. The document is the culmination of a 2-year collaboration exploring solutions to freshwater challenges in the United States and calls for action to head off a national crisis in water quality and supply.

The comprehensive cross-sector examination of freshwater challenges — such as pollution, scarcity, and competing water needs — and solutions — such as streamlining and better coordination of fragmented governance — represents diverse interests convened by The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread in Racine, Wis.

In addition to signing onto the Call to Action, WEF and other participants made commitments as individual organizations to take action to address freshwater challenges in the Commitments to Action document.   
Charting New Waters Cover 


Reviewers Needed for Basic Laboratory Procedures Special Publication

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is updating its special publication Basic Laboratory Procedures for Wastewater Process Control and Permit Reporting so it includes current method references, up-to-date preservation methods, information on representative sampling and completing the Discharge Monitoring Report, and process control information to answer the questions of how and why to run a particular test. To ensure high-quality data, each method in the book will include appropriate quality assurance and quality control information.

The publication, designed to be used in the field by wastewater treatment plant operators, will focus on applicability to wastewater operations and include practice and study questions for operator training. Operators will learn to interpret the test results to better troubleshoot process control problems. The book will include photocopy-ready procedures and bench sheets.

Publication of the manual is set for January 2012. The project, being led by Sidney Innerebner, has officially launched, and the first draft will be ready for review in December. If you are interested in participating as a reviewer, would be able to work closely with WEF staff, and can dedicate the expertise and time to ensuring the development of a high-quality manual according to the publication schedule, contact Britt Sheinbaum at bsheinbaum@wef.org.  

WEF Announces the International Pavilion Program for 2010–2011

WEF Pavilion — Convención de ANEAS 2010
Mexico’s National Infrastructure Program includes increasing wastewater treatment to 60% of water collected. This will come at an estimated cost of more than $14 billion and massive overhauls of current infrastructure. The convention will be held Nov. 9–13, and the exposition will be held Nov. 10–13 in Mexico City.

2011 WEF International Pavilion Shows
EverythingAboutWater Expo 2011
Jan. 6–8, 2011, Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, India

WETEX 2011

March 8–10, Dubai Convention and Exhibition Centre, United Arab Emirates

IFAT China + China Water Show 2011
May (dates to be determined), Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China

Aquatech Amsterdam 2011
Nov. 1–4, Amsterdam RAI

WATEC Israel 2011
Nov. 15–17, Tel Aviv Exhibition Centre, Israel

For more information, click here, or contact Laila Sukkariyyah at lsukkariyyah@wef.org

Prepare For These 2011 Conferences

The Utility Management Conference

Feb. 8–11, 2011, Denver

Water and wastewater managers and professionals will gather to hear the latest approaches, practices, processes, techniques, case studies, and research in all aspects of utility management.

Disinfection 2011

April 10–13, 2011, Cincinnati

Attend a forum for professionals concerned with disinfection needs and technologies, with a focus on the disinfection and treatment of water and wastewater in small communities and households. The conference will present information on various applications and the status and future directions of disinfection with respect to water, wastewater, and biosolids worldwide.

Residuals and Biosolids 2011 — Adapting Residuals Management to a Changing Climate

May 22–25, 2011, Sacramento, Calif.

Collection Systems 2011 — Rehab or Roulette: Is Our Environment at Risk?

June 12–15, 2011, Raleigh, N.C. 

Plan on Attending Industrial Wastewater Seminar 2011

Industrial Wastewater Seminar 2011

May 9–10, 2011, Atlantic City, N.J.

This workshop examines water and wastewater management approaches being applied to improve overall environmental performance and challenging issues, and to address difficult-to-treat constituents.

WEF Introduces a New Resource for Wastewater Treatment Personnel

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) now offers an online resource center for wastewater treatment personnel, including plant operators, laboratory analysts, and collection systems employees, at WEF’s Access Water Knowledge page www.wef.org/OperationsResources. This new center includes information on