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December 2010, Vol. 46, No. 10

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WEF Stormwater Coordinating Council Gets Under Way at WEFTEC 2010

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Stormwater Coordinating Council (SWCC) met for the first time at WEFTEC® 2010 in New Orleans. SWCC, formed in response to the continuing interest in stormwater by WEF and its members, includes WEF representatives involved in stormwater issues and is led by Chairman Chris Crockett from the Philadelphia Water Department and Vice Chairman Tad Slawecki from LimnoTech (Ann Arbor, Mich.).

Participants of the well-attended meeting reviewed WEF committees’ current stormwater activities, determined short-term goals and future meetings, and discussed the position statement on stormwater recently drafted by a working group in WEF’s Government Affairs Committee.

The council expects to catalog WEF’s current stormwater-related activities, identify additional needs in the area of stormwater, disseminate stormwater-related information, and develop a long-term plan for addressing these issues within WEF. In addition, SWCC plans to provide input to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed stormwater rule, scheduled for release in September 2011.

For more information or to be added to a listserv for sharing stormwater-related information, contact Seth Brown at sbrown@wef.org.

WEF Partners With AWWA To Host Government Affairs ‘Fly-In’

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA; Denver) will host a Government Affairs Fly-In April 4–5, 2011. The event provides an opportunity for WEF members and Member Associations (MAs) to be involved directly in educational outreach to congressional representatives from their states. The event will include issue briefings, group discussions, and time for attendees to visit their representatives in the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill. A reception will be held the evening of April 4.

Interested WEF MAs can work with their respective AWWA sections to coordinate travel to Washington, D.C. WEF and AWWA also will conduct advance training and a briefing on current water policy issues. If your state or MA is interested in participating, please contact Kelsey Brown at kbrown@wef.org or Nick Bardis at nbardis@wef.org

New Jersey Utility Receives NBP EMS Certification
NBP Seal
The Camden County, N.J., Municipal Utility Authority (CCMUA) became the 31st U.S. organization to be certified and admitted to the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP; Alexandria, Va.) environmental management system (EMS) for biosolids programs. CCMUA is the first wastewater agency in New Jersey to receive the certification. The achievement recognizes that CCMUA has effective biosolids environmental management systems. Currently, 100 organizations participate in the NBP EMS program.
Submit Nominations for the 2011 Public Officials Award

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) members, Member Associations, and committees are invited to submit nominations for WEF’s 2011 Public Officials Award. WEF’s board of trustees established this award in 2005 to recognize a public official who has made an outstanding contribution in the areas of clean water legislation, public policy, government service, or another area of public prominence that resulted in improvements to the water environment.

Nominations should include a nomination letter, a one-page biography of the nominee, a two-page-maximum list of reasons for the nomination relating to his or her work improving the water environment, and any other supporting materials. Submit nominations by Jan. 17 to kbrown@wef.org. For more information, contact Kelsey Brown at (703) 684-2400, ext. 7738. 

Reviewers Needed for Safety, Health, and Security in Wastewater Systems Manual of Practice

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is updating a manual of practice (MOP) to be titled Safety, Health, and Security in Wastewater Systems (MOP 1). This manual will have updated material and current regulations for readers.

Publication of the manual is set for August 2012. The project, being led by Tim Page–Bottorff, has officially launched, and the first draft will be ready for review in April. 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 required to ensure the development of a high-quality manual according to the publication schedule, contact Britt Sheinbaum at bsheinbaum@wef.org.  

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 to include 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 required to ensure the development of a high-quality manual according to the publication schedule, contact Britt Sheinbaum at bsheinbaum@wef.org.

WEF Fellow Nominations Due

This fall, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) announced the WEF Fellow Recognition Program to recognize the professional achievements, stature, and contributions of members to the practice areas served by WEF, including — but not limited to — design, education, operations, regulation, research, and utility management and leadership.

WEF Fellow 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 contributions to the global water environment 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. For more information, see http://www.wef.org/weffellowsprogram, or contact Theresa Mixon at tmixon@wef.org

Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members


  • Allan L. Poole, member since Jan. 1, 1964, Illinois Water Environment Association.
Life Member - Allan L  Poole
Photo courtesy of Allan L. Poole.
  • Frederick W. Trippensee, member since Jan. 1, 1974, Florida Water Environment Association.
Life Member - Fred Trippensee
Photo courtesy of Frederick W. Trippensee.
  • Peter C. Wachs, member since Jan. 1, 1971, Central States Water Environment Association.
Life Member - Pete Wachs
Photo courtesy of J. F. Ahern Co. (Fond du Lac, Wis.).
  • Brad Behrman, member since Jan. 1, 1971, Michigan Water Environment Association.
  • Richard A. Murley Jr., member since Jan. 1, 1974, Louisiana Water Environment Association.


WEF Co-Hosts Briefing on Nutrients in Streams and Groundwater

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On Sept. 24 the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (Washington, D.C.), hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill. The briefing focused on a new USGS study detailing the results of a 12-year examination of nutrients in streams and groundwater across the United States to assess current conditions and trends. WEF President Jeanette Brown was a moderator for the event. Speakers included Bob Miltner from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, who presented a watershed and state prospective on nutrients, and Ephraim King, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Science and Technology, who provided a regulatory perspective. Read more about the briefing in Jeanette Brown’s blog.
Above, attendees at the nutrients briefing on Capitol Hill. Below, speakers including WEF President Jeanette Brown give presentations on nutrients at the briefing. Click for larger images. 
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Nutrient Removal MOP is Best Seller at WEFTEC 2010

The new publication, Nutrient Removal, Manual of Practice (MOP) 34 was on the shelf for WEFTEC® 2010 in New Orleans. Attendees considered nutrients an important topic this year, and their purchase of this MOP put it into the No. 1 best-seller spot at the conference. This manual provides comprehensive information on biological and chemical methods for nitrogen and phosphorus removal from wastewater. It covers environmental and regulatory issues and provides an integrated approach for combined nitrogen and phosphorus removal, including details on ammonia and dewatering liquors treatment. See www.wef.org/ShopWEF to purchase your copy today.

Other WEFTEC 2010 best sellers include Biofilm Reactors, MOP 35; Natural Systems for Wastewater Treatment, MOP FD-16, Third Edition; and Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment, MOP 8, Fifth Edition. 

Submit Abstracts and Proposals for Energy and Water 2011

Take the opportunity to submit an abstract, session proposal, or 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.  

Nutrient Recovery and Management Conference Provides High-Level Training

The Nutrient Recovery and Management conference will cover recent developments in industrial and municipal wastewater treatment systems and solutions. The meeting will include an opening general session, 16 technical sessions, three in-depth workshops, and two ticketed breakfast sessions. Connect with colleagues before, during, and after the conference by starting and joining nutrient discussions in the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) Nutrient subgroup on LinkedIn, accessible through the conference Web site, and follow the conference on Twitter by using the hash tag #NR2011.

Earn up to 12 Professional Development Hours, 0.6 Continuing Education Credits, and 3.5 Contact Hours, and register for the full conference to gain access to the Night in the Caribbean event, a networking reception that offers you the opportunity to mingle with your international nutrient community.

Also this year, Nutrient Recovery and Management will be co-located with the Impaired Waters Symposium, a 2-day event that will cover such topics as wet weather flows, modeling for TMDLs, the Sec. 303(d) listing process, nutrient criteria, and much more. Special pricing packages are available for those who wish to attend both conferences.

Attend the Impaired Waters Symposium 2011

The Impaired Waters Symposium 2011, being held Jan. 12–13, at the Hilton Miami Downtown, 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 register and participate in the following upcoming Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) webcasts:

  • Perspectives on Collection Systems Rehabilitation and Replacement provides viewpoints from engineers, consultants, manufacturers, contractors, owners, and operators, case studies and lessons learned, and effective quality assurance and control through four webcasts available for purchase at a special bundled price. Upcoming webcasts include Perspectives on Manhole Rehabilitation, Feb. 9, 2011; Perspectives on Service Lateral Rehabilitation, June 1, 2011; and Perspectives on Pump/Lift Station Rehabilitation, Nov. 16, 2011. Those who purchase the series but miss a webcast, such as Perspectives on Pipeline Replacement held Nov. 10, will receive access to webcast recordings.
  • Gaining Regulatory Acceptance for Green Infrastructure in Wet Weather Programs will describe how three wet weather programs adapted their consent decrees to include green infrastructure, Dec. 1.
  • Best of WEFTEC, features some of the conference’s best attended and most highly rated presentations from Session 52: Energy Management and Conservation, to provide quality education to a broader audience, Jan. 19, 2011.
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:
WEF International Pavilion Program Offers 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 India, the Middle East, China, and Europe an opportunity to exhibit under the WEF banner in a prime location and reach out to thousands of new potential customers. 

Eighth EverythingAboutWater Expo 2011
Southeast Asia’s largest water event provides access to the growing Indian water and wastewater market.

Jan. 6–8, 2011, Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, India

WETEX 2011
As an important regional sourcing platform for national and international companies to access the latest technological advances and management solutions, this event enables industry leaders to keep up with the latest developments in the water, energy, and environmental field in the Arabian Gulf region.

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

WETEX 2010. Click for larger image.

International - IFAT 2010 Small IFAT China + China Water Show 2011
With the Chinese government allocating $454 billion for environmental protection through 2015, the show is set to be a leading platform for the environmental industry in China.

May 5–7, Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China

Aquatech Amsterdam 2011
This unique exhibiting venue provides a single access point to the entire European environmental market.

Nov. 1–4, Amsterdam [Rijwiel en Automobiel Industrie] RAI
IFAT China/China Water Show 2010. Click for larger image.

WATEC Israel 2011
With the Israeli government planning to move water reuse rates from 70% to 90% by 2012, innovative products and technologies will be in demand, and this show will be strategically positioned as the country’s premier water and environmental show.

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

For more information, click here, or contact Laila Sukkariyyah at (703) 684-2458, (703) 650-8516, or 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

This conference is designed for professionals concerned with disinfection needs and technologies, with an emphasis on the disinfection and treatment of water and wastewater in small communities and households. It will cover 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. 

Industrial Wastewater Seminar 2011

The Industrial Wastewater Seminar 2011, being held May 9–10, 2011, in Atlantic City, N.J., will examine water and wastewater management approaches being applied to improve overall environmental performance and challenging issues, and to address difficult-to-treat constituents.