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At WEFTEC 2019, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the Water Research Foundation (Denver, Colo.) recognized three U.S. utilities for projects that demonstrate technology’s potential to solve complex environmental and economic challenges.
This bill would create grants and loan guarantees to for WRRFs to pay for the installation of power generation technology, such as biogas recovery and other innovative equipment. WEF worked with the Sen. Merkley’s office to create the bill.
As cities grow and develop over pervious spaces, stormwater runoff has increasingly fewer places to soak into and often flows into urban waterways. But how that extra runoff entering streams affects flash flooding may not be as elementary. A newly published study explores the relationship between urban development and flash flooding.
Words on Water • Episode No. 114
Valerie Lucas is the Executive Director of the Clean Water Professionals of Kentucky & Tennessee. In this episode Valerie explains why the organization changed its name to better communicate with the public about the water sector’s work. She talks about collaborating with the Louisville water utilities and four breweries to create their version of Pure Water Brew called Next Round. Valerie also discusses how she has seen the role of women in water change during her career and why it is important to increase the number of women in the industry.
Student teams from the University of British Columbia (UBC; Vancouver, Canada) and the University of Colorado (UC; Boulder) left WEFTEC 2019 as winners of the 18th-annual Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Student Design Competition. The competition, which showcased innovative design projects from 30 universities, recognizes outstanding solutions to local water quality issues.
In late August, the Stockholm International Water Institute announced Australia’s Macinley Butson as the 2019 winner of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize for her development of a sticker that measures whether water has received enough ultraviolet radiation to be consumed safely after solar disinfection.
The prize, awarded annually since 1995, recognizes outstanding pre-university water research projects with the potential to change the way the global water sector operates.
Words on Water • Episode No. 112
Sonja Michaluk is a high school student and the winner of the 2019 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the nation’s most prestigious youth competition for water-related research. In this episode Sonja discusses how she explored the use of DNA barcoding to measure the health of waterways with larval Chironomidae, the most widespread macroinvertebrate family. She talks about her interest in the intersection of science and public policy and making data the language of debate. Sonja tells how her research caused a town board to change the planned path of a roadway to avoid a healthy creek.
With 22,500 registrants, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) 92nd annual technical exhibition and conference drew one of the largest crowds in a decade, continuing to live up to its billing as the world’s largest annual water quality event.
The Water Research Foundation (WRF) announced Dr. Ameet Pinto as the 2019 Paul L. Busch Award winner. With the $100,000 prize, Dr. Pinto will develop a modular platform for low-cost and real-time characterization of microbial communities across the engineered water cycle.