Rick Warner, P.E. is the 2016-2017 President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va. Rick also presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation. In addition, he is a senior engineer for the Washoe County (Nevada) Community Services Department. In that role he is responsible for planning, design, and construction for regional water resource recovery and recycled water projects.
Rick is actively engaged with several water reuse projects, and is presently co-leading a regional team developing Nevada’s first potable reuse project. Rick is a member of the WateReuse Association, the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation, and the Design Build Institute of America.
A WEF member since 1995, he has held multiple leadership and committee roles. He served on the House of Delegates for three years and is a member of the Utility Management and Water Reuse Committees. Also an active member of the Nevada Water Environment Association (NWEA), Rick served two times on the NWEA Board and as President from 2001-2002.
He is presently collaborating with Dr. Krishna Pagilla, Professor and Environmental Engineering Program Director at the University of Nevada, Reno to help create a Water Innovation Campus – an effort to advance water science and technology for municipal, industrial, and agricultural applications while enhancing the economic, social, and environmental aspects of the water environment.
Rick is a registered professional engineer in the state of Nevada. He received a B.S. and an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Nevada.