WEF, the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) and the EPA have teamed up to offer a new free(!) training program for 15 municipal agencies. The training and assistance program provides agencies with the opportunity to implment a Environmental Management System and to eventually become certified members of the Biosolids Certified Management Program.

The NBP is hosting an on-line webinar to describe the free program. Here’s the announcement from WEF:

National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) will provide an overview of a new “no charge” environmental management system (EMS) training opportunity for wastewater agencies to address the appropriate management of biosolids. NBP has received a grant from U.S. EPA that will allow up to 15 agencies to sign up and receive free training and technical assistance designed to help develop and implement an EMS program that can help prepare the agency for certification. At the conclusion of the webcast, participants will be given an opportunity to request more information on applying for a spot. Speakers will present an overview of the new NBP EMS training opportunity and information on how biosolids programs have benefitted in the past from this program. The enrollment period is from April 20 until June 1 to form the new class.

NBP Program Description Webinar
Wed, Apr 20, 2011
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM EDT
>> Click here to register

From NOAA for National Tsunami Awareness Week

In the wake of Japan’s tsunami disaster, NOAA is urging Americans who live and vacation at the coast to take the threat of tsunamis seriously. With more coastline than any other country in the world and proximity to several major fault lines, the Pacific, Atlantic, Gulf and Caribbean coasts of the United States are vulnerable to tsunamis. NOAA’s National Weather Service, which operates the U.S. tsunami detection and warning system, says that the key to surviving a tsunami is staying informed and moving quickly to higher ground when a tsunami threatens. [Read more]

On March 17, Water Environment Research (WER), the highly-regarded journal of the Water Environment Federation, announced a change to a new website designed for easy submission of manuscripts highlighting the world’s best research in water quality. Authors will experience a much simpler submission process for manuscripts covering a range of important technical issues such as nutrient removal, stormwater, and biosolids recycling. Published since 1928, WER features peer-reviewed research papers and research notes, as well as state-of-the-art and critical reviews on original, fundamental, and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality, pollution control, and management. Originally known as the Sewage Works Journal, WER is available in both print and online formats and receives approximately 300 new research submissions each year.

Washington, DC – Attaining professional certification from a credentialing body can help job seekers take advantage of recent positive employment forecasts and the continued economic recovery.

The industries with the highest projected growth over the next decade offer greater opportunities for professionals with valid credentials. President Obama stated in his weekly radio address on February 26th that investments in education are critical for our nation’s future. The same rings true for Americans as individuals: investments in continuing education and attaining professional credentials will be critical to secure jobs and advance in their careers. This conclusion was supported during the first meeting of the President’s Council on Job Creation and Competitiveness, where executives of companies like GE, Intel, Comcast, and others met to discuss strengthening employment in the United States. Leaders at the February 24th meeting agreed that the return of jobs to the US will rely on a workforce with the right skills, from the factory floor to the board room. [Read more]

  • SARBS President Berlinda McCadney has joined the City of Cochella as their Environmental and Regulatory Programs Manager.
  • CWEA member Richard Haimann joins HDR as Southern California Water Resources section manager and national stormwater technical advisor.
  • Jeff Berk is joining Brown & Caldwell as chief sales officer.
  • Robert C. Grimm was appointed Senior Vice President, Operations at Parsons for their Water and Infrastructure Group. He will be based in Pasadena.

Do you have people news? Send announcements about promotions, new hires and retirements to  [email protected]. Some details from WE&T magazine.