The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces twenty-three distinguished members as the 2012 group of WEF Fellows. This prestigious designation recognizes members’ achievements, stature, and contributions in professional segments served by WEF. The WEF Fellow Recognition Program, now in its second year, identifies individuals with outstanding accomplishments who have made an impact in their field of expertise and have been approved by WEF Board of Trustees. [Read more]

CWEA Staff are learning more about how their daily work impacts their local waterbodies by participating in the World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC), an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources. Last year, approximately 340,000 people participated in 77 countries across the world. Teams test for dissolved oxygen, pH, turbity and temperature.

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ED Elizabeth Allan celebrates 10 years with CWEA

The CWEA Board of Directors would like to acknowledge and thank Executive Director Elizabeth Allan for ten years of service. Under her leadership, CWEA’s certification, education and membership programs have grown despite an economic recession. Her talent, generosity, kindness and sharp intellect has been an inspiration for staff, boardmembers and volunteers alike.   Thank you Elizabeth!

Jim Carroll, a respected author, columnist, media commentator and consultant who links future trends to innovation and creativity, will deliver the keynote address during the Opening General Session of WEFTEC 2012 this fall in New Orleans, LA. The opening session will kick off the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) 85th annual technical exhibition and conference, a five-day event that is expected to draw thousands of water quality professionals and exhibitors to the New Orleans Convention Center from September 29 to October 3, 2012. [Read more]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Region has launched an online “waste to biogas mapping tool” to support the use of organic waste for energy projects.

“This innovative mapping tool, the first of its kind in the nation, helps restaurants, hotels and other food waste generators to connect with large energy producers,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Harvesting this energy prevents waste from ending up in landfills or clogging sewer lines.”

The tool is an interactive map created to link food and other biodegradable waste sources with facilities such as wastewater treatment plants that can enhance energy production with their existing infrastructure.   Wastewater treatment plants and some dairies manage waste with anaerobic digesters, which produce methane-rich biogas as a natural byproduct. [Read more]