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🎧 Jose Velazquez is a Senior Wastewater Consultant with AE2S and Chair of the Task Force that developed the new Manual of Practice (MOP) – Planning, Design, and Implementation for New and Upgraded Water Resource Recovery Facilities. In this episode, Jose discusses how MOP serves as a guidance document to help utility managers and others, such as city engineers, public works directors, regulators, and contractors, navigate this process. It includes sections on how to procure an engineer, how do develop a scope of service for the facility plan, how to evaluate engineering proposals, how to make an informed decision on moving to more complex facilities, how to evaluate and select different project delivery methods, how to interact with the engineer during each phase, and a variety of other topics. 

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In 2022, the scholarship program, Introducing Future Leaders to Opportunities in Water (InFLOW) will bring 41 people to WEFTEC. The program seeks to share the water sector career opportunities and enhance diversity and inclusion in the water sector.

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Eight massive, underground, stormwater tunnels could potentially spare the Houston area from as many as 120,000 instances of flooding expected within the next century.

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Shama Hyder, an award-winning brand strategist, global speaker, and bestselling author will provide the keynote address at the WEFTEC 2022 Opening General Session. She will share her insights on how modern communications, marketing, and branding are more important than ever for the water sector.

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The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is the nation’s most prestigious youth competition for water-related research and aims to increase students’ interest in water issues and careers.

In-person competition returned this June at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in Golden, CO and members of the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association (RMWEA) jumped in quickly to help.

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In this episode of Words on Water Episode 222, Chris Rich, Executive Director of the U.S. Water Partnership, discusses the Water Smart Engagements (WiSE) Program that pairs five ASEAN Smart Cities Network cities with U.S. cities, water districts, and utilities for collective capacity building and innovative technology familiarization. He explains that the purpose is to increase water security in ASEAN partner cities through sustainable water management solutions, establish long-term relationships between ASEAN and U.S. utilities to foster communication and build capacity, to increase the exchange of services, goods, science, and technology. 

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By manipulating sediment and streamflow, dams run the risk of increasing flood risks instead of mitigating them, new research suggests

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Under the right conditions, flooding can cause a river to permanently alter its own course

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On June 29, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2023 (FY23) Interior & Environment Appropriations Bill. This bill funds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and many of the programs that provide federal funding and financing for water infrastructure investments.

See What's Included in the Budget Bill

Zeolites — a group of common minerals featuring forms of aluminum and silicon — could make bioretention more effective particularly in agricultural settings, according to new research.

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In April, we asked you what you are most looking forward to at WEFTEC 2022. Nearly half of you replied that the Technical Program is your top priority.

See all the results and browse the Exhibitor & Sponsor List.

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Watch as Palencia Mobley, Deputy Director and Chief Engineer of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD), and Carol Hufnagel, National Wet Weather Practice Leader for Tetra Tech, share their presentation from WEFTEC 2021 in Chicago.

They describe a project from the Detroit area that used green stormwater infrastructure both to reduce the amount of flow going to the combined sewer system and to help reduce surcharging that was resulting in basement backups.

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces that John Benedict Estrada and Pauline Victoria Estrada, siblings from Clovis North High School in California, are the winners of the 2022 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize for their project on conservation of irrigation water using a drought assessment tool powered by artificial intelligence.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued new, more rigorous drinking water health advisories for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Two of these levels are drastically more stringent than previous levels and likely mean hundreds, if not thousands, of drinking water systems nationwide will be affected. The agency also announced up to $5 billion in grant funding to help communities prepare and deal with these contaminants. Here is what water-sector utilities need to know.

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