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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Water Sector Groups to Recognize 61 Utilities for Exceptional Performance
A partnership of water sector organizations - National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WERF), and the WateReuse Association - with input from the U.S. EPA - proudly announce the recipients of the inaugural Utility of the Future (UOTF) Today Recognition Program.  The program celebrates the progress and exceptional performance of wastewater utilities while supporting the widespread adoption of the innovative UOTF business model.  Sixty-one public and private utilities from across the U.S., Canada, and Denmark were selected from an impressive number of first year entries by a peer committee of utility leaders.  The recent press release provides more information to include the list of recipients.  Read More... 
2016 WEF Fellows Announced
WEF proudly announces 15 distinguished members as the 2016 WEF Fellows recipients.  This prestigious designation recognizes members' achievements, stature, and contributions lin the water profession.  For more information about the WEF Fellows Recognition Program and the full list of the 2016 recipients, Read More...   

2016 WEF Awards Announced
WEF proudly announces the recipients of the 2016 WEF Awards.  The awards will be presented during WEFTEC 2016, WEF's 89th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, this September in New Orleans, LA.  For more information about the WEF Awards and the list of 2016 award recipients, Read More...

Member Association Recognition:
New York WEA | Kentucky-Tennessee WEA | Hawaii WEA

The WEF Outstanding Member Association Award
This award recognizes a WEF Member Association that excels in seven performance areas: membership retention, financial strength, new memberships, scholarship programs, student achievement and support, technology transfer, and award program and participation.  While the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) demonstrated excellence in each of these seven areas, one area to highlight is a scholarship fund that they have worked hard to develop, currently worth $1 million dollars.  In 2016, NYWEA is planning to give out $40,000 in scholarship, $45,000 in 2017, and $50,000 in 2018. 

The WEF Member Association Achievement Award
This award recognizes a WEF Member Association that demonstrates superior achievement in one of seven performance areas.  This year, the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association (KY-TN WEA) is being recognized for their student program.  Notably, KY-TN WEA assisted their Student Committee with successfully building an outstanding series of programs that benefit students, encourages them to pursue water careers, and helps them transition to become a successful water professional.

The WEF POublic Communication & Outreach Program Award
This award recognizes WEF members for significant accomplishments in promoting awareness and understanding of water environment issues among the general public through the development and implementation of public education programs.  In recent years, the Hawaii Water Environment Association (HWEA) has made a strong effort to increase the focus on public outreach and communication by increasing their participation in public expositions and community service events.  While they work to stimulate public awareness through the public education committee, they also promote public outreach through 4 additional committees (Communication, Pretreatment, Student Activities & Young Professionals), allowing HWEA to provide a more effective approach to communicating with the public.

2017 WF Dues Increase
The WEF Board of Trustees approved a 5% membership dues increase effective January 1, 2017.  While the increase is not part of an overall plan developed in 2013, the WEF Board deliberated carefully before determining the amount of the dues increase.  The decision was influenced by the positive feedback we have received on investments in innovation.  In new practice areas, and in increased member and Member Association (MA) services.  The Board's goal is to continue to grow services while maintaining a sustainable and nimble business model.  WEF's dues continue to be low compared with other national and international associations while still delivering the very best value to water.

WEF Water Advocates - Calls-to-Action
The new Water Advocates website has two calls-to-action on significant bills currently pending in Congress.  You can use the easy on-line "Write your Congressman" tool to electronically submit the pre-drafted letters to your Senators and Representatives.  The tool gives you the flexibility to edit/add to the draft letter.  The first call-to-action is urging the House and Senate to increase funding for water infrastructure in the FY 2017 appropriations bills.  The second call-to-action urges the Senate to pass the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA).  As water professionals, WEF members can, and should be the voice for the water sector before elected officials.  Be a part of the grassroots advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels, and provide advice and guidance on how to engage with your elected officials and the public on important issues impacting the water sector.  


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 went out in July 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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