WEF News Hub
The WEF News Hub provides a single portal to see the content from most of WEF's news sources at a glance. The items below represent a wide scope of the regulatory, organizational, membership, current events, and conference happenings at WEF.
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In this episode WEF staff provide a preview of WEFTEC Connect, the fully virtual event and online learning platform that offers attendees interactive education, an exhibitor showcase, and networking experiences.
Chris Wilson is the Chief of Process Engineering and Research at Hampton Roads Sanitation District. In this episode Chris discusses how his utility is trying to understand how to treat certain contaminants like PFAS, develop effective tools for doing so, and determine which ones to apply for what end purpose.
Lucy Pugh, vice president and Industrial Water and Wastewater Technical Practice director at AECOM, discusses water reuse challenges in the food and beverage industry and how its wastewater processes differ from municipal treatment.
Erin Zaske is chief development officer for AQUALIS. In this episode Erin talks about how hurricanes, tropical storms, and other severe weather pose threats to stormwater assets of utilities and property owners.
Art Umble, chairman WEF's Blue-Ribbon Panel on Biological Hazards and Precautions for Wastewater Workers, discusses the panel’s conclusions that occupational risk of infection is low, standard wastewater treatment processes inactivate the virus, and additional research should be conducted to further increase understanding of hazards and protections for personnel.
In this episode, they discuss how WEF has responded to the calls for equity for black Americans and the work of WEF’s Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Nikita and Stephen talk about their experiences as Black Americans working in the water sector and how WEF can improve diversity and equity for its members and volunteers.
Rick Warner, a past president of the Water Environment Federation, discusses how during his tenure in WEF leadership he emphasized the concept of partnering for impact, which included the documentary film Brave Blue World as an outcome.
Zoe Gotthold is the 2020 winner of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize. In this episode Zoe discusses her winning project, which involved developing prototypes of devices that promote oil flocculation at the surface and increase the efficacy of traditional oil spill remediation techniques.
Paul Freedman is a past president of the Water Environment Federation and co-founder, president, and CEO of LimnoTech. In this episode Paul talks about using strategic planning to guide WEF through the financial challenges of the 2008 recession and how those lessons can be applied during the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
In this episode Dr. Sanderson describes his academic and professional background, and explains his interest in serving as WEF’s Chief Medical Officer and how he will focus on the health and safety of the water workforce.
Jeanette Brown is a past president of the Water Environment Federation and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College. In this episode Jeanette discusses how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted personal communication
Jamie Piziali is the Municipal Ombudsman at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In this episode Jamie explains integrated planning, which offers an opportunity for a municipality to meet multiple Clean Water Act requirements by identifying efficiencies from wastewater and stormwater programs and sequencing investments. She discusses her role as an ombudsman and the importance of integrated planning to EPA. Jamie also talks about the agency’s efforts to raise awareness among municipalities about integrated planning and how local governments should pursue the approach as part of NPDES permitting or enforcement orders.
Listen as Cordell Samuels, a Past President of the Water Environment Federation and retired Plant Superintendent at the Region of Durham in Ontario, Canada, reflects on his experiences as WEF President and a water professional about dealing with sudden change and the importance of communcation and understanding, especially in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. This podcast is the first of a new series of the Words On Water podcast called Take It From the Top and is hosted by Tom Kunetz.
Christina Willson is Assistant Regional Manager of Water at Horner and Shifrin and Jennifer Welsh is a Civil Engineer at the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District. In this episode Christina and Jennifer talk about the Collection Systems Digital Conference that opens June 2 and brings attendees a variety of content. They discuss how collection systems are part of the aging infrastructure challenge, the sector’s continued focus on inflow and infiltration, and the ways technology is changing collection systems.