WEFLEADER - your monthly resource for WEF news...
Current Issue: November 2013
WEFTEC 2014 - Now Accepting Abstracts and Proposals
Submit your proposal or abstract submission and be a part of WEFTEC - the biggest event of its kind, offering water professionals the best quality education and training available today! We highly recommend submitting your astracts prior to the Tanksgiving holiday so WEF Staff can assist you with any questions you may have during the process. WEF offices will be closed November 28 - 29. All abstracts entered into the online site may be edited, even once completed, until the deadline. Before you submit, please be sure to reference the Call for Abstract Requirements and Guidelines, including formatting instructions and sample abstracts. WEFTEC 2014 will be held from September 27 - October 1 in New Orleans, LA.
Deadline for Abstract Submittal: December 2 at 11:59 PM EST. Click here to see a list of WEFTEC topics and focus areas.
Dealine for Session Proposals: December 2 at 11:59 PM EST. Technical Session Proposal forms should be submitted via email to WEF Staff Susan Merther.
WEFTEC Operator Ingenuity Contest Winners
This contest was implemented in 2012 as a way to show that innovation isn't just about starting a new company, but about using the ingenuity you have to solve a problem you might see every day. Congratulations to:
Jerry W. Smith - City of Salem, OR; Raymond Vermette - City of Dover, NH; Doug Sweerls - Allegan Wastewater Plant, Allegan, MI; Justin Myers - Environmental Service, Howard County, MD; Mike Lindsay - King COunty South Treatment Plant, Renton, WA; Alfred Waitt - Veolia Water North America, Lynn, MA; Don B. Wasko - City of Carlsbad, CA; and Bob Snyder, Steve Grosso, Frank Kunz - Plainfield Area Regional Sewerage AUthority, NJ
Water Environment Federation Fellows Program
The Water Environment Federation is now accepting applications for the 2014 WEF Fellows' candidates. The WEF Fellows Program recognizes the professional achievements and impact members have made in the practice areas served by WEF. Contact WEF Staff Kelsey Hurst for more information or call 703.684.2477. The deadline to submit applications and nominations is February 1, 2014.
WEF Wins Three Publication Awards
WEF was awarded two awards in 2013 from the Trade Association Business Publications International (TABPI) - a 2013 Bronze TABBIE Award for Technical Article, "Sustaining San Diego," for the May 2012 issue of the Water Environment & Technology (WE&T) and a 2013 Silver TABBIE Award for WEF's E-newsletter, WEF Highlights. Also, WEF won an award from the American Society of Business Publicaiton Editors for Front Cover Photo for the November 2012 WE&T issue.
The Utility Management Conference™
Join key water and wastewater managers and professionals at The Utility Management Conference and learn the latest approaches, practices, and techniques in the field. The conference will be held February 25 - 28 in Savannah, GA. Register by January 24 and save!
2014 YP Summit
The 10th annual YP Summit will be held on February 25th at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, GA in conjunction with The Utility Management Conference. Over 90+ YPs from across North America attend this annual event. This year's YP Summit theme is on YP Project Leadership - embracing the inevitable combination from being a task-oriented employee to a role of leaderhship and management in whatever field they are in. Great topics such as focus on client relationships (internal and external), how one can manage themselves, and discussions on emotional intelligence and mentorship are just a few of the topics that will be discussed over the course of the day! Registration will open soon. Click here for program details.
WEFMAX offers an opportunity for WEF volunteers to hold discussions on matters of importance to WEF and MAs, the water environment profession, and to our communities. WEF Vice President Paul Bowen, and WEF House of Delegates Speaker Janet Hurley Cann or Speake-Elect Duyen Tran, WEF HOD WEFMAX Committee Chair Lance Wood, Co-Chair Todd Boling, and members Eassie Miller, Dean Miller, and Alex Mackie will attend and participate in these meetings. Registration will open in December 2013. More information to come in the next WEFLeader issue.
March 26 - 28 WEFMAX in Weehawken, NJ
April 16 - 18 WEFMAX in Whitefish, MT
April 30 - May 2 WEFMAX in Grand Rapids, MI
May 21 -23 WEFMAX in Charleston, SC
Have news to share? WEFLeader offers a vechicle for MA's to share programs, and exciting news with each other. Let us know what is happening in your world! Contact WEF Staff Dianne Crilley.