The Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) along with the Future Issues Symposium will hold a Humanitarian Engineering Session at WEFTEC 2014 in New Orleans on Monday September 29, 2014. In addition to the podium presentations they are soliciting posters on the topic to be displayed during the session time slot. The posters will allow participants to share innovative projects, designs, and efforts that aim to directly improve the health and welfare of marginalized or under-served communities. This session will provide an opportunity for professionals in the industry to learn about humanitarian engineering successes that have enhanced the well-being of communities from a local and global perspective. Posters will be displayed outside of the technical session room and there will be many opportunities to interact with WEFTEC attendees. All submitted posters must have at least one individual available to attend the entire session.
If you are interested in preparing and presenting a poster at this session please e-mail Jennifer Walsh at Jennifer.walsh@aecom.com and provide the following information.
  • Title of Poster Presentation
  • Presenters/Affiliation
  • Contact Information (telephone and email)
  • Description of Poster: 200-300 words

The WEF/NACWA/WERF National Water Policy Forum & Fly-In is less than five weeks away, and your participation is critical to helping to make the event a success. This year’s Forum & Fly-In provides a unique opportunity for WEF and our water sector partners to speak with a united voice about the value of water and the need to invest in innovation and infrastructure. At this time, I respectfully request that you do the following three things:

1) Participate in the WEF Water Advocates webcast, “How to Have a Successful Congressional Meeting,” on March 6 at 2 pm EST to learn more about the Forum & Fly-In and help you prepare for your visits. Please circulate the webcast registration link to your colleague in your state/region.

2) Register to attend the Forum & Fly-in on April 7–9, 2014. The Forum & Fly-in is the anchor event for Water Week 2014, which will include meetings with congressional and federal agency leaders, a Water Infrastructure & Innovation Expo in Congress, the U.S. Water Alliance’s prize ceremony and reception at the National Geographic Society, and many other events and activities. Your participation is critical to increase awareness and support by Congress and federal regulators for the considerable value the water sector brings to environmental protection, economic development, and job creation. Circulate this e-postcard to your colleagues.

3) Join WEF’s Water Advocates program. This grassroots community will be a way for you to stay in touch with important legislative and regulatory matters and to be a voice on policies that are important to you. To join the program, sign into your WEFCOM account and join the “Government Affairs – Water Advocates” community under the Communities tab. Please encourage your MA members and colleagues to also join the Water Advocates program. Like all grassroots programs, the more people involved, the stronger the voice.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Steve Dye at sdye@wef.org.

On January 29, 2014, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) jointly filed a Temporary Urgency Change Petition (TUCP) that requested the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to temporarily modify water right permit and license terms for the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project (Projects).  Specifically, the TUCP requested temporary modification of Delta Outflow and Delta Cross Channel Gate requirements imposed pursuant to State Water Board Decision 1641 (D-1641).
On January 31, 2014, the Executive Director, acting under delegated authority, issued an Order approving the temporary change that does the following:
• Allows a reduced level of Delta outflow so that DWR and Reclamation can conserve water in upstream reservoirs;
• Requires that water saved as a result of this action remain in storage to release later in the season for health and safety and ecosystem protection;
• Requires DWR and Reclamation to report  flows, storage, and water deliveries;
• Provides flexibility to DWR and Reclamation to operate the Delta Cross Channel gates to conserve water and to minimize salinity intrusion from San Francisco Bay; and
• Allows limited water exports from the Delta for public health and safety needs. [Read more]

Note the new tagline, part of their rebranding effort:  “Taking the waste out of water.”

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is developing a Special Publication, titled UV Disinfection for Wastewater.  This document would serve as guidance for consultants; wastewater utilities interested in using UV for disinfection, and operators, with introductory information on the advantages (and disadvantages) of UV disinfection compared to other commonly used technologies. It would also provide information to regulatory agencies who review applications for the use of UV disinfection systems in water resource recovery facilities that are subject to discharge limits for bacteria under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting.
Publication for the manual is set for June 2015. The project, being led by Kati Bell of CDM Smith, has already launched and the detailed chapter outlines will be ready for review in February 2014. If you are interested in participating as a reviewer, and able to work closely with WEF staff and to dedicate the expertise and time to ensuring the development of a high-quality manual according to the attached publication schedule, please send a completed version of the attached committee application form and brief resume to me, the WEF Project Manager, at bsheinbaum@wef.org.