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June 2010, Vol. 47, No. 5

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WEF Members Work To Quench Thirst in Haiti

Members volunteer time and money to provide water and build water infrastructure

Haiti - Lining Up 1 Small   Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) members are working to make a difference in Haiti. After a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12, WEF individual members and associate members have answered the call to provide safe and reliable water sources to Haiti residents.  

Installing Solar-Powered Water Treatment
On March 24, WEF member Jack Barker returned from spending about 6 weeks in Haiti installing solar-powered microbiological water-purifier systems, called Sunspring, for earthquake victims.
Haiti residents line up to collect drinking water from a faucet transporting water from a Sunspring system behind the block wall. Photo courtesy of Jack Barker, president, Innovative Water Technologies Inc. (Dumont, Colo.). Click for larger image.

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Colocated Conferences Start a Conversation

Professionals of all kinds gathered in Boston to attend a unique Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) event held March 7 to 10. Interdisciplinary ideas about the sustainable future of water infrastructure were discussed at the event, the colocated Urban River Restoration and Cities of the Future conferences. For one registration rate, attendees could participate in sessions of either conference.

Sessions and workshops under the Urban River Restoration conference banner focused on the role of revitalized urban waterfronts for both the environmental benefits and the urban population’s benefit. Sessions and workshops under the Cities of the Future conference title focused on how to create sustainable urban infrastructure to meet challenges and work with natural systems that are expected to characterize cities in the future. 

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From left, Lynne Hamjian, Surface Water Branch chief of the EPA; Paul Brown, executive vice president of CDM; Paul Freedman, president of WEF; Michael Van Valkenburgh, principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc.; and Henrietta Davis, vice mayor of Cambridge, Mass. sit on a panel at the colocated conferences. Click for larger image.

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From the President: Attracting a New Generation of Professionals

Freedman Small Spring is here now, and with it come graduations from most of our high schools, colleges, and trade schools. As many young adults begin their life career pursuits, I ask you to reflect on how many of your children, brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends chose clean water as a career? I can tell you the answer: not enough.

Not only do we not have enough family and friends entering the water field, but more so, we have an overall shortage of new professionals entering our field to replace retirees and take on new industry challenges. The reasons are complex, but we are part of the problem. We have undersold the excitement of our profession and its importance. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) recognizes this challenge and is committed to changing this oversight to attract a new generation of professionals.
Paul Freedman, 2009–2010 WEF President

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