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By Wendy Wert
Chair
CWEA Training Coordination Committee

Dr. Wes Eckenfelder – friend, colleague, and pioneer in the Environmental Engineering Profession – passed away Saturday evening, March 27, 2010. A few days before, on March 22, 2010 the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) hosted a tribute and technical seminar honoring Wes Eckenfelder’s contributions to the field. The seminar was held at the Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant in Los Angeles. The program began with an outline of the program presented by moderator David Greenwood. Mr. Greenwood introduced the first speaker David Jenkins, professor emeritus of UC Berkeley.

Dr. Jenkins initiated proceedings by showing attendees a photograph of Wes Eckenfelder and presenting a brief biography of Eckenfelder. Wes has been deemed the “godfather” of wastewater treatment by many of his colleagues, former students and peers, Wes played a significant role in the development of wastewater treatment. Through research, numerous technical publications and multiple courses and seminars, his name has become well known in the industry. Wes’ sense of humor has enlightened many presentations. It has been noted that he has a way of presenting highly technical information such that it can be easily understood. He encouraged his students to expand think for themselves, and never hesitated to share his knowledge with others in his field, which as Dr. Jenkins noted, was the purpose of the CWEA seminar.

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Dr. William Wesley Eckenfelder (credit: Brown & Caldwell)

Dr. William Wesley Eckenfelder (credit: Brown & Caldwell)

Sad news today for the wastewater community. From a Vanderbuilt University announcement

William Wesley Eckenfelder Jr., deemed the ‘godfather’ of industrial wastewater management by many of his colleagues, former students and peers, died March 28 in Nashville. He was 83.

A memorial service will be held April 1 at the Marshall Donnelly Combs Funeral Home. Visitation is 2-4 p.m. followed by the service.

Eckenfelder was known internationally as a pioneer in the field of water treatment and a leading authority in industrial wastewater management. In addition to founding several companies, he was an environmental engineering professor at Manhattan College, the University of Texas-Austin and Vanderbilt University.

There are nice interviews with Dr. Eckenfelder on the WaterWorld website and in the 2000 issue of Quarterly from Brown and Caldwell.

Dr. Eckenfelder is the namesake for WEF’s Industrial Water Quality Lifetime Achievement Award.

You can leave your rememberance in a comment to this post, simply click the comment link…

From WEF, This Week in Washington

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton addressed the National Geographic Society on World Water Day. In her remarks, Clinton pointed out that access to reliable supplies of clean water is a matter of human security and are integral to the success of many U.S. major foreign policy initiatives. Clinton underscored the U.S. commitment to provide global leadership on critical water issues in areas such as agriculture, industry, energy, flooding, and access to adequate water supplies, sanitation, and hygiene. Clinton pointed out that water challenges are most obvious in developing nations, but affect every country on earth and transcend political boundaries. She added that as water becomes increasingly scarce, it may become a potential catalyst for conflict among and within countries. Clinton discussed five key U.S. approaches to global water issues to address these challenges:

  • A need to build capacity at the local, national, and regional levels where countries and communities must take the lead in securing their own water futures and work to expand their ability to address water challenges.
  • A need to elevate U. S. diplomatic efforts and improve coordination with United Nations agencies, intergovernmental organizations, international institutions, and other regional and global bodies that are engaged in water issues.
  • Mobilizing financial support and making critical investments in programs that promote behavior that contributes to good sanitation and hygiene.
  • A need to harness the power of science and technology through innovation and discovery of better techniques for disinfecting and storing drinking water, wastewater treatment, desalinization, and use of global information systems that can be shared with the rest of the world.
  • Broadening the scope of partnerships with non-governmental organizations and nonprofits. and identifying strategic opportunities for working with private firms to help bring their technical skills and capital to bear in addressing the challenges facing the water sector.

UPDATE: And the winners are…

Mark Sulik, City of Chico

Michael Riddell, City of Ceres

David Haas, Rain for Rent

Jonathan Searcy, City of Lodi

90% of you say that you would recommend CWEA membership to other water environment professionals. Here’s your chance! Register for CWEA’s 2010 Annual Conference by April 12th for the opportunity to win a 1-year CWEA gift membership for someone in the early stages of his or her water environment career. Two generous sponsors are making this special offer possible so you can get your friends and colleagues involved in our work to keep California’s water clean and workforce strong.