Member Association Feature

 New England WEA

The New England WEA has a new Public Education campaign called Water for Life.  The goal is to create awareness and action around key water industry topics: Health and Safety, Sustainability, and Career Opportunities. Click here for more information on this new initiative that was shared at WEFMAX 2016!


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WEF Vice President and Board of Trustees Nominees
The WEF Nominating Committee is charged with gaining Board Approval for a recommended Nominating Slate to fill anticipated Board vacancies.  The Constitution and Bylaws requires the Committee to transmit its recommendations to the WEF House of Delegates (HOD) by July 15, for HOD adoption at its annual meeting held at WEFTEC.  The recommendations of the Nominating Committee for WEF Vice President, and Board of Trustees positions were considered and approved by the Board.  The nominating slate for approval by the HOD is:

Vice President: Tom Kunetz, Assistant Director of Engineering, MWRD
Trustee: Joan Hawley, President, Superior Engineering
Trustee: Peter Vanrolleghem, Universite Laval, Quebec City, Canada  
WEFTEC Leadership Day
Mark you calendars!  For over 30 years Mark Levin of B.A.I. Inc. has been helping organizations throughout the world grow and prosper.  When Mark talks, or writes, about membership development or volunteer leadership, he speaks with the voice of experience.  With membership being one of WEF's focus areas, WEF has invited Mark to lead a 3-hour session on Tuesday, September 27th at WEFTEC Leadership Day held during WEFTEC 2016 in New Orleans.  Member Association leaders will learn how to move from being "organization centric" or a "member-centric' organization -= viewing membership from the member's perspective.  Mark will discuss the new tools that have been developed to help organizations better understand and manage the customer experience and he will also include an exercise for the attendees.  A Special WEFLeader will go out in August with more details and registration information. Questions:  Contact WEF Staff Dianne Crilley.
Imagine a Day Without Water - September 15, 2016
Try to imagine a day without water: No water to drink, no water to flush the toilet.  A day without water means you couldn't make coffee, do the laundry, or brush your teeth.  Hospitals would have to close without water.  Firefighters couldn't put out fires, and farmers couldn't water their crops.  Sign up here to join us for Imagine a Day Without Water on September 15, 2016 as we raise awareness and educate America about the value of water.  You can also access a number of resources to help your organization plug into Imagine a Day Without Water and easily get the word out.  Theses resource include an opt-ed template, a sample press release, a resolution template, and more.  Sign up today!
DC Water and the Water Environment Federation Launch National Green Infrastructure Certification Program Website
DC Water and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) have launched a website for the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP), an in-development national certification for green infrastructure (GI) construction, inspection, and maintenance workers.  The website is the best resource for the latest program news and updates; access to valuable industry and certification resources; and links to a range of regional training opportunities.  The first certifications are expected in early 2017.  Designed to meet international best practice standards, the certification - including a requirement for regular re-certification - will verify that individuals performing the installation, inspection, and maintenance of GI have the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to support long-term performance and sustainability of these systems. 

Framework for a National Testing and Evaluation Program Based Upon the STEPP Initiative
This project provides recommendations on potential program design components to be considered for the National Stormwater Testing and Evaluation for Products and Practices (STEPP) initiative and addresses both general programmatic and individual program aspects.  WEF assembled the Advisory Committee and Research Team that worked on this project and managed the development of the Framework report.  The Advisory Committee recommends next steps beyond the current phase of the initiative. which are in Chapter 4.0 of the report.  The Framework is a continuation of the STEPP initiative under WEF's Stormwater Institute.  For more information...Read More
Girls Sweep the 2016 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) Competition!
Nishita Sinha, 16, of Chatham, NJ, won the SJWP national title for her project Experimental Studies in Developing Safe Sanitation Solutions.  Sinha was awarded a trophy, $10,000, and an all-expenses paid trip to represent the U.S. at the SJWP international competition August 27 - September 1 during World Water Week.  Paige Brown (ME) and Megan Lange (AL) were chosen as runner-up, and Sarayu Das (SC) was awarded the Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Award.  Congratulations also goes out to the New Jersey WEA (NJWEA).  This is their second time in having a student from New Jersey (NJ) win the U.S. SJWP.  In 2011 NJ celebrated Alison Bick a student from NJ who won the U.S. SJWP and the international SJWP.  Many thanks to the aver dedicated and passionate Tom Meholic, WEF Delegate from NJWEA, who has given endless hours of time as the NJWEA SJWP organizer.  To learn more about Nishita Sinha's project...Read More
Huddle Room Now Open for Reservations
WEF Members and WEFTEC Exhibitors can reserve one of the four semi-private Huddle Rooms on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost.  Reservations are available by appointment only with a 2-hour maximum limit per meeting.  
Reservation Deadline: Monday, August 31
For a full description of the Huddle Room and information on how to make reservations...Read More
Mix with Members - Exclusively for WEF Members
Sunday, September 26 | 5:00 - 6:30 pm
New Orleans Morial Convention Center | Great Hall Foyer

WEF Members are encourages to attend this exclusive networking at New Orleans Morial Convention Center.  Enjoy cocktails and conversation with members of WEF technical communities, WEFTEC exhibitors, and fellow WEF Members in an atmosphere designed to help you achieve success by association.  All WEF Members that register for WEFTEC 2016 will receive an invitation.
WEF Member Lounge - Exclusively for WEF Members
Monday - Wednesday, September 26-28

New Orleans Morial Convention Center | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm | Booth 6847 Hall H
The Member Lounge is a new exclusive benefit for WEF members at WEFTEC this year.  Located in Booth 6847 Hall H, the Member Lounge offers comfortable seating area, WiFi hotspot, and complimentary coffee service and light snackds.  Stop by to take a quick break from your hectic WEFTEC schedule.
Help Make a Difference in the WEFTEC Host City 
The Students & Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) invites you to give back to New Orleans this September.  Since 2008, the SYPC has organized a community service project in the WEFTEC host city as a way to improve the local water environment and leave a positive and lasting effect on the community.  This year's project, to be held on the grounds of City Hall in New Orleans, will include the construction of bioretention cells and bioswales.  These green infrastructure measures will help capture and filter stormwater runoff to alleviate flooding and improve water quality.  The project will also help educate the community about water, the environment, and green infrastructure.

How Can You Help?
Donate:  Funding for the service project is provided entirely by donations - both monetary and material donations are welcomed.  To support the 2016 Community Service project, complete the donation form or contact WEF Staff Caroline Pakenham.

How Can You Volunteer?

Add the "WEF Community Service Project" to your WEFTEC registration.  Volunteers spend 4-6 hours doing hands-on service work.  Thank you for your generous support!

Dates for WEFMAX 2017 have been set!  These meetings provide an opportunity for WEF and Member Associaton (MA) leaders to discuss issues affecting WEF and its MAs and offers an exchange of ideas and experiences at four separate events located across North America.  They also represent social time to foster relationships to ensure continued success.  WEF has had a record breaking year in WEFMAX 2016 attendance.  Check out all the 2016 presentations made by WEF and MAs.  Mark your calendars now!  Which one will you attend?  Questions:  Contact WEF Staff Dianne Crilley.

March 29 - 31 Hosted by the Puerto Rico W&EA in San Juan, PR
April 26 - 28   Hosted by the Ohio WEA in Cincinnati, OH
May 10 - 12   Hosted by the Western Canada WEA in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
May 31 - June 2 Hosted by the WEA of Texas in Austin, TX



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