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September 30, 2013

High Profile Speakers Headline Key Events at WEFTEC® 2013 
VIP List Includes Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Advocate for Water Stewardship Robert Kennedy, Jr.  
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An impressive line-up of high profile national and international speakers have been confirmed to headline some of the most highly anticipated events of WEFTEC® 2013. The Water Environment Federation’s 86th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference will be held October 5-9, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago Ill.

Monday, October 7
Opening General Session, Rm. S100, Grand Ballroom, McCormick Place South, 8:30-9:30 a.m.: Featuring a special welcome from The Honorable Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois and a keynote by dynamic best-selling author, speaker and “agent for social change” Kevin Carroll. Carroll will inspire more innovation in water management by encouraging attendees to embrace their spirit of play and creativity to achieve greater personal and professional growth and success. Governor Quinn will also officially open the Global Center located in the Grand Concourse Lobby at 9:45 a.m.
Water Leaders Session: “The Future of Cities and Water: Insights from Great Water Cities”, Rm. S100, Grand Ballroom, McCormick Place South, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Facilitated by G. Tracy Mehan III, a former U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator for Water and a Principal at the Cadmus Group, this special session will feature:
The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago
The Honorable Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Harlan Kelly, Jr., General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Heiner Markhoff, President and CEO, GE Water & Process Technologies 
Chew Men Leong, Chief Executive, PUB Singapore
Sue Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, Water Corporation of Western Australia

AEESP/WEF Scientists Luncheon Lecture, Room S103b, McCormick Place South, 12:00-1:30 p.m.: Featuring Dr. Krishna Pagilla from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Pagilla will discuss Low DO Nitrification by Bacterial “Sherpas”. Ticket required.
AEESP/WEF Lecture, Room S103b, McCormick Place South, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Featuring Dr. John Novak from Virginia Tech. Dr. Novak will discuss the future of biosolids management.

Tuesday, October 8
Global Center, Grand Concourse Lobby, McCormick Place South, 9:00 a.m.Robert Kennedy, Jr., a vocal advocate for water stewardship, will speak about the importance of nutrient removal and recovery. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago President Kathleen Meany will also be on-hand to discuss the planned 2015 launch of the world’s largest nutrient recovery facility, which will be built at Chicago’s Stickney Wastewater Treatment Plant. 
Collection System Luncheon Keynote, Room S103b, McCormick Place South, 12:00-1:30 p.m.: Featuring Kevin Fitzpatrick, Supervising Civil Engineer at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Fitzpatrick will share insights into his work with the city’s $3.6 billion Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) and intercepting sewer rehabilitation. Ticket required.
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 online at www.weftec.org
Note to editors: Credentialed media representatives may register in Room 427D of 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.