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November 19 is World Toilet Day, the annual reminder about the importance of sanitation to health, communities, the environment, and the economy. While the day organized by the United Nations (UN) is an opportunity to celebrate how much the toilet has done for civilization, it also serves as a stark reminder that over 4 billion people live without access to safety managed sanitation.
Recognizing extraordinary efforts to protect local health and safety, detect and eliminate environmental hazards, and build support for stormwater management through extensive public outreach, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Virginia) Stormwater Institute recently announced winners of its 2020 National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards.
Earlier this month, the judges of the 2020 WEFTEC Connect Student Design Competition chose winners in two categories from among the 27 universities that participated. This year was the first fully virtual competition.
With more than 500 presentations on WEFTEC Connect, BlueTech Research does the hard work for you! Review their deep analysis of the abstracts submitted for 2020 and learn about some of the trends over the past 5 years.
WEFTEC’s Innovation Showcase has become known as a “one-stop-shop” to learn about the water sectors latest technologies, trends, and transformations. Take a few minutes to learn about this year's contenders, watch their pitch videos, and choose your Top 8!
The Ask the Experts Session, “Planning Approaches to Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure for Small Communities — One Chance for Success!” will provide a forum to explore the topics and challenges related to small communities. To dig a little deeper into these issues and set the stage for this session, Dr. A. R. (Bob) Rubin joined WEFTEC Now to provide some background on this topic.
Developed by experts in the field, these presentations and events will provide access to the latest on funding and financing, flood management, green infrastructure, and more, in a format more convenient than ever before.
Look inside this preview publication to learn more about the WEFTEC Connect educational programming, Exhibitor Showcase, and networking opportunities that are being developed for this October.
The WEF Stormwater Institute (SWI) is updating its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) survey. Consisting of 26 questions, the 2020 MS4 Needs Assessment Survey will take the pulse of the U.S. stormwater sector in search of up-to-date information on permittee characteristics, obstacles, and opportunities.
For the past nine years, both the Innovation and Stormwater Pavilions have been the go-to destinations for the most current and prominent water sector information. The pavilions are now seeking presenters for WEFTEC 2020.
Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), visited the WEFTEC Now Studio to talk about how DOE and EERE intersect with the water sector and the Department of Energy's Water Desalination Hub funding selection.