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August 29, 2013

WEF to Help Plant Seeds of Water Awareness through “Reading, Writing & Rain Gardens” this October in Chicago 
Sixth annual community service event will be held as part of WEFTEC® 2013 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – To help promote environmental stewardship and raise awareness of the value of water among Chicago’s youth, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) has organized the sixth annual WEF Community Service Project, “Reading, Writing & Rain Gardens”. Organized as a part of WEFTEC 2013—WEF’s 86th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference—the event is scheduled for Saturday, October 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Chicago, Ill.

During the event, conference volunteers will replace concrete with green infrastructure on the playground at Haines Elementary School in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood. The trees and rain garden will help relieve runoff from urban flooding and reduce heat island effect in a critical public space for students. Locating the project at a local school gives WEF the opportunity to inspire area students to the cause of clean water, underscore the importance of the water profession, and demonstrate to the community about how to get started with clean water initiatives.

Now in its sixth year, the annual WEF Community Service Project supports grassroots solutions and environmental stewardship on a local level while promoting WEF’s overall mission to preserve and enhance the global water environment. Local and WEF leadership are expected to attend the opening ceremony to share their vision for environmental protection and community involvement and service. 

The service project sponsors include AECOM, ARCADIS USA Inc., Black & Veatch, Brown and Caldwell, Carollo Engineers, CDM Smith, CH2M HILL, Greeley and Hansen, Hazen and Sawyer, HDR Engineering, and Parsons Brinkerhoff. The service project donors include Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Chemtrol, Central States Water Environment Association, Duperon Corporation, Entex, FKC Screwpress, Flottweg Separation Technology Inc., HACH, Illinois Water Environment Association, Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc., Stantec, Vaughan Company Inc., and Wigen Water Technologies.

For details, please contact WEF Community Service Project Chair Tim Moran at morant@nibco.com, SYPC Vice Chair Haley Falconer at haley.falconer@hdrinc.com or WEF Staff Dianne Crilley at dcrilley@wef.org

Make THE Water Quality Event, YOUR Water Quality Event.
Scheduled for October 5-9 at McCormick Place, WEFTEC 2013 will feature more than 140 technical sessions, 27 workshops, numerous events and the largest exhibition in WEFTEC history! Don’t miss your chance to attend the world’s largest annual water quality conference and exhibition. Register today at www.weftec.org
Note to editors: The SYPC event is open to the media and does not require registration. Credentialed media representatives interested in covering WEFTEC 2013, may register in Room 427D in McCormick Place beginning Sunday, October 6 at 8:30 a.m. Please visit the online press room at www.weftec.org or contact Lori Harrison at lharrison@wef.org for details.
About WEF
Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. To learn more, visit www.wef.org.