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Request for Assistant Moderators at WEFTEC 2017 WEF is currently looking Young Professionals to fill Assistant Moderator roles at WEFTEC this October 2-4, 2017 in Chicago, IL. The Assistant Moderator will work with the Moderator ahead of WEFTEC to help guide the speakers through the pre-WEFTEC process of adhering to deadlines, answering questions and setting up calls to discuss the session (as needed). Onsite the Assistant Moderator will attend the speaker briefing at the assigned time and the session. In the session, the Assistant Moderator will assist the Moderator, and if the Moderator is unable to attend for any reason, the Assistant will potentially ...
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New England WEA YP Activities Article submitted by Amanda Lade, NEWEA The NEWEA Young Professionals Committee hosted its first Poo & Brew event in the greater Boston area in May of 2015. As the name implies, the event begins with a bit of poo, a tour through a wastewater facility, and is followed by some brews, a tour and tasting at a local microbrewery. The event series is a great opportunity for young professionals to meet others in the organization, learn about facilities throughout New England, and support the local microbrewery industry. The YP Committee has now successfully hosted six Poo & Brew events and has spread across New England to facilities ...
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Last week, WEF visited the CSAWWA/CWEA Student Career Fair to experience their fresh take on the traditional career fair. Unlike a traditional fair where students visit company booths, nearly 100 students at Chesapeakes Fair had the opportunity to sign up for 15-minute interviews with companies of their choice. The one-on-one interview time provided students with an invaluable opportunity to practice their communication skills and learn about available positions in the water and wastewater sector. In addition to the interviews, students also had the opportunity to hear from a speaker panel about what to expect during the hiring/interview process. The career ...
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WEF staff recently caught up with Erika Hernandez, Chapter President for the University of Kentuckys Water Professionals. Ms. Hernandez shared with WEF what its like to start a student chapter and her chapters plans for the upcoming semester. Whether you are thinking about starting a student chapter or are looking for new ideas, we think youll find Ms. Hernandezs insight helpful. What motivated you to start a student chapter? The University of Kentucky has a number of students interested in water resources issues. Faculty at UK as well as the local member association had also discussed the possibility of starting a student chapter. In the ...
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Hello Students & YPs! Do you play a key role in the success of your respective Member Association? We are looking for success stories within the past 6-12 months that have: Held an event that attracted a large number of attendees (besides Annual Conferences). Increased the involvement and engagement of Students and Young Professionals. Sparked the interest of a local university wanting to start a chapter or become involved at the local MA and/or national WEF level. Created some revenue for the committee. We are looking to compile a handful of takeaways to connect students and YPs from different MAs with one another and share ideas and ...
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WEFs Students & Young Professionals Committee would like to thank members from the Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA) for their annual efforts to maintain the 2008 WEF Community Service Project site at Pulaski Park in Chicago, IL. The Pulaski Park Project, Getting out of the Gutter , was WEFs 1 st service project and consisted of building and planting a rain garden. This year, IWEA members added new native plants to the garden and installed a project sign that highlights the importance of the project. Dedicated maintenance from local groups helps ensure the health and success of past service projects. We hope you enjoy learning more about ...
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Greetings, This holiday season, the Water Environment Federations Students & Young Professionals Committee would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the volunteers, sponsors, donors and supporters of this years WEF Community Service Project, NOLA Grows Green, The City Hall Stormwater Project . With your generous support, we were able to install a 1,210-ft2 bioswale, a 180-ft2 rain garden, 500 containers of native grasses and flowers, and 5 black gum trees at City Hall! This green infrastructure will capture stormwater onsite with enough storage for the typical 1 or 2-year storm events. We hope you enjoy a few snapshots and a video of this years ...
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Greetings Students and Young Professionals! On behalf of the WEF SYPC, we are EXCITED to meet you at WEFTEC 2016 in New Orleans, LA from September 24 th to 28 th , 2016 . Our Committee is putting the finishing touches to our special Student and YP-focused program of events. For the latest information on our Student and YP programming, please visit this webpage: www.weftec.org/syp If you are undecided on what to do at WEFTEC, here are some things to consider : Meet the water environment industrys most progressive thought leaders , seasoned professionals, fellow students and YPs, and technical experts. Join us for our SYP Committee ...
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I love ice cream

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I'd like to welcome everyone to this test group. The purpose of this blog is to test the display of it in our new website. Since it is so very hot, I thought I would share with everyone my love of ice cream. My absolute all time favorite that I can rarely find is Lemon Chiffon. Recently I had a wonderful Pineapple Orange ice cream (not sherbert) and a Blueberry one. What is your favorite ice cream, please respond in our comments sectio
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Registration opened today for the 2015 National Water Policy Forum, Fly-In & Expo . Use this link to register to attend: http://www.nacwa.org/15nwpf The National Water Policy Forum, Fly-In & Expo , the anchor event of Water Week 2015 , will convene in Washington, D.C. from April 13 – 15, 2015. The Policy Forum & Fly-In is presented by WEF, NACWA, the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) – and new this year – the WateReuse Association. The Policy Forum & Fly-In will take place at the Westin Washington, DC City Center – and will feature distinguished speakers, conference sessions, Capitol Hill visits, and regulatory roundtables. ...
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Ebola Gudiance from CDC

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Nutrients are present in most wastewaters, and the usual approach has been to treat them by converting them into nitrogen and precipitated phosphorus salt. However, it is essential to recover nutrients rather than destroy them in order to minimize costs. One such nutrient is ammonia/ammonium, typically found in anaerobic digestates. Recovery of ammonia/ammonium as ammonia gas and conversion to useful ammonium fertilizers or even ammonia-water, which are useful products, instead of oxidizing and then reducing ammonium/ammonia to nitrates/nitrites and then to nitrogen gas. Ammonia recovered from organic sources, such as farm waste, food waste anaerobic digestates, ...
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Global Water Demand

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For a recent article on Global Water Demand, plus other topics, go to the 2014 Reports and Publications Page of the web site at https://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources
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Plan: Basements of abandoned homes would become cisterns By Don Walker July 9, 2014 12:51 p.m. In many parts of the city's north side, residents are faced with at least two major problems: the threat of flooding and the foreclosure crisis. In what Ald. Jim Bohl called "out-of-the-box thinking," the city is exploring the idea of using the basements of foreclosed and abandoned homes as cisterns of sorts to hold stormwater during severe storms and heavy rains. The idea, the brainchild of Erick Shambarger, deputy director of the city's Office of Environmental Sustainability, is a long way from becoming reality. But the concept ...
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It goes without saying that we need to be careful what we blog, but I ran into an unusual example of potential misunderstanding due to all the different social media outlets being linked together. For some reason my LinkedIn account copies across links to the WEFCom blogs... not just my blogs, mind you, but everyone's blogs. Mostly this is fine as it's just a link for people to connect into WEFCom and see what's going on here. However, a recent blog was titled "seeking to share a room with female student at WEFTEC" and it shows on my LinkedIn profile as "current activities'! Needless to say, I'm definitely NOT seeking to share a room with a female student. ...
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Folks, Anyone out there ever created a mass balance/fate model for sulfur species through a wastewater plant? Seen any publications? I am interested to determine in what pathways and in what form the influent sulfur species exit typical plants: i.e. the mass emissions in liquid, solids and gas form. thanks Philip
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We are increasingly trying to find ways to enhance our environmental programs and become more efficient with reducing our impact to the environment. Many of us in the environmental profession find ourselves reacting to environmental compliance issues and are always seeking new ways to stay ahead of the game. A more proactive way to accomplish this is through Environmental Management Systems or EMS. EMS is a systematic approach to both managing your environmental compliance and reducing your footprint on the environment. The system is based on a simple PLAN § DO § CHECK § ACT Model. This simple model allows you to establish ...
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WEF should complete, revise, and refine indicators for tracking the sustainability of water resources. This work should include indicators scalable to national, state, and local levels, because there are issues that are relevant primarily at different geographical levels. It is likely that indicators will evolve as better statistics become available, and such changes can be made in the online set of indicators maintained at http://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources/ WEF should assist federal agencies by describing the need for programs to collect the information necessary for generating indicators. In turn, WEF should undertake to develop ...
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committee report

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glad to see a lot of info is already filled in for my group!
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I used to think that after Midyear meeting, CSC activities would slow down until later in the year when we began to ramp up for WEFTEC. I’m quickly finding out as chair that a lot is happening all year round and this time of year is the worst. We are trying to maintain the momentum of all the great ideas that came out of Midyear along with early prep for WEFTEC 2013, both of which are competing for attention with the culmination of the biggest event of the year for Collection Systems—the Specialty Conference in Sacramento. It is absolutely overwhelming. How are we going to get all this done? I don’t even have time to ask the question! First, there are ...
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