WEF Collection Systems Committee
Member Association Exchange

April 2008

Contact Information

If you would like to communicate with your fellow Member Associations, to ask for advice or share knowledge, just reply to this e-mail and your question/comment will reach all Member Association Collections Systems Chairs and Co-Chairs across North America. Let's work together.

To contact the WEF CSC Membership Chair, e-mail

Member Association News

Spotlight on Virginia’s Water Environment Association (VWEA) Collections Systems Committee:

The goal of the VWEA CSC is to improve the quality of the operations and maintenance of wastewater collection and interceptor systems by improving professionalism, providing training, and by encouraging the exchange of information and ideas among collection systems personnel. With the upcoming Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) regulations and subsequent awareness of collection systems maintenance, this Committee provides a forum where people can exchange ideas and improve on existing programs, etc. The Collection Systems Committee has grown significantly in the past three years and hopes to continue the trend.

For more information, visit:

Central States WEA Wisconsin Section Collections Systems Committee is  hosting their 21st Annual “Classic” Collections Systems Seminar.  See attached flyer. This year the group will host a second event, to be held later in the summer at a location more convenient to operators in the northern part of the state.

WEF News

FOG Seminar
WEF, in partnership with the US EPA, developed a Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Management Training Course that continues to train representatives across the country. Utilizing the knowledge of experts already involved in the management of fats, oils, and grease as well as input from new developments such as research and implementation feedback, this course presents implementation details for a variety of FOG control options.

The FOG Management Training Seminar in Raleigh, NC, in March was sold out.  The next FOG seminar is June 24-25, 2008, in Phoenix, AZ. For more information, visit:

Collection Systems 2008 Specialty Conference
May 18-21, 2008, Pittsburgh, PA
Advanced discounted rate ends April 3rd! Click here for more details:

Technical News

US EPA’s Urban Watershed Management Research publishes a report entitled Real Time Control of Urban Drainage Networks available online for the public (EPA/600/R-06/120 2006)

The main goal of the report is to provide a guide to RTC technology to facilitate its understanding and acceptance by the user community. The primary audience is the practicing engineer, in a municipality or in a consulting firm, who has had limited exposure to RTC. Also, the report should serve as a resource document for use by federal and state program officials and regulators, researchers, and the interested public.

For this RTC publication and other recent EPA publications, visit:

Did You Know?

The WEF Member Association Resource Center is a web communications vehicle which allows an exchange of business information between WEF and Member Associations. Information is arranged by topical order and is easy to locate and navigate; it contains relevant and timely information specifically designed for MAs.  You can find resource information on committees, awards, communications, how to get more volunteers, listings of all MAs across North America, etc.  For more information go to:

2008 WEF MA Leaders Summit
June 18-20, 2008

Join WEF and your Member Association colleagues in Alexandria, VA for an exciting program focused on our public mission and the WEF programs and services available to achieve that mission.  Some topics include:

"Our Public Mission"  WEF Executive Director, Bill Bertera, is passionate about our public mission and has shared his passion in forums around the world.  Bill will energize each of us toward fulfilling the responsibilities to our public.  This session will give you an opportunity to let Bill know how the WEF public mission message resonates with you and your Member Association.

"Educating and Influencing Those Who Decide" Join in a discussion on “why” we need to educate, “who” are the right groups to educate, and “how” to effectively deliver our messages.  Participants will leave with an inventory of tools that focus on the right reasons and the right targets to maximize success.  

"What DOES WEF Do for Your MA?" WEF has many programs and services available to your MA to use and participate in. Learn how to access these programs and use them to benefit your MA.

"WEF Programs and Services" (Roundtable Discussions)  Evaluations from Leadership events and WEFMAX meetings tell us that MA Leaders would like to have more discussions of specific WEF programs.  We have scheduled three Roundtable Discussions on Public Education, Advocacy, and Partnering on Specialty Conferences.  Meet the WEF Staff managing these program areas and learn how the programs can benefit your MA.

The Hilton Alexandria is located in the Old Town Alexandria area, just a few blocks from the Metro, and convenient to Reagan National airport (DCA).  It offers a unique setting and easy access to Washington’s many attractions and historical sites. The Summit program is provided below.  To register on-line, go to:

Collection Systems.  We Deliver.