On April 30, 2010, the WEF Board of Trustees adopted a position statement,  “Management of Wet Weather Flows by Municipal Utilities.” This position encourages EPA to develop a comprehensive strategy and provide practical guidance that would allow municipalities to manage wet weather flows in a holistic manner.  The EPA strategy/guidance should be based on the wet weather management principles and practices described in:

1.       WEF’s “Guide to Managing Peak Wet Weather Flows in Municipal Wastewater Collection and Treatment Systems” [2006]; and,

2.       WEF/NACWA’s “Core Attributes of Effectively Managed Collection Systems.”

WEF is offering to partner with EPA to develop such a strategy and related guidance.


Dr. Harvey Ludwig

Dr. Harvey F. Ludwig passed away this week at 94. CWEA is proud and grateful to have such a distinguished environmental engineer and world thinker among its past presidents and lifetime members. Dr. Ludwig’s legacy to the water environmental movement – particularly his unprecedented work in bridging the East-West global divide – cannot be overstated.  Harvey published hundreds of writings in peer-reviewed journals, many of which are captured in the 2-volume set, Manual of Environmental Research for Developing Countries. One common theme in his work emphasized that significant differences exist between the appropriate technologies that are required for solving environmental problems in developing and industrialized nations. His passion and curiosity grew throughout his life, as demonstrated by the breadth of his managed projects in nearly all environmental subjects. Harvey’s consulting career spanned over 60 years as Founder and President of Engineering-Science, Inc. and Seatec International. Since 1973, he resided in Bangkok with his wife, Vanida.

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Watch this narrated presentation from representatives of Los Angeles based Origin Oil about the development of their technologies which pair wastewater treatment plants, algae development systems and a biofuel processing facility.

A letter from (PDF) Chris Beaven of Origin Oil explains the Federal funding available right now and the wastewater partnerships the company is searching for.

Their system breaks down algae as a feedstock and produces a clean biofuel. Is algae the energy of the future? Everyone from the Feds to private industry to WEF’s Algae Working Group are trying to figure that out.

Contact information:

Chris Beaven
Business Development
OriginOil, Inc.
O: 323-939-6006
F: 323-315-2306
M: 310-490-0939
e: [email protected]
w: www.originoil.com

The presentation and audio are from the March P3S meeting. Used with permission.

WEF wants to hear from you – Utility Personnel – on what you expect and need from WEF and CWEA. Visit www.wef.org/wwpersonnelsurvey/ by June 1 to get started.

EPA Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe announced during the National Association of Clean Water Agencies’  National Environmental Policy Forum on April 20 that EPA expects to propose by late spring or early summer a policy that would address overflows from sanitary sewer systems. The new policy will look at previous proposals on the topic, and consider what has been learned since that time, said Perciasepe.  In the absence of a policy for controlling sanitary sewer overflows, EPA may make an announcement soon on moving forward with some sort of policy and has indicated a preference to address the issue of blending  under the broader sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) policy. NACWA has threatened to petition EPA to establish a consistent policy on how  sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and collection systems are treated due to concerns that EPA will view every overflow as illegal and in violation of the Clean Water Act.  Perciasepe also stated during the forum that EPA is evaluating how to integrate wet weather issues, including stormwater, and is looking at stormwater “more holistically.”