Last week I had the honor of representing the Water Environment Federation at the World Water Week hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). During the week the Stockholm Water Prize was presented by H.M. King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden to the International Water Management Institute. This was the twenty-second year this prestigious prize has been awarded. I was so proud that previous leaders of WEF had deemed it worthy to help found this recognition of outstanding water-related achievements.

 

The theme of the week was water and food security, and those of us who work water are well aware of the increasing demand for clean water given the needs of our world’s growing population. But what dawned on me, a kind of ‘aha’ moment, was that for our well being as members of the human race plus creatures great and small, there is an essential water nexus.

 

WEF’s partners and allies around the world, including SIWI and many others, are diligent warriors in presenting the latest science and leadership to solve the complex issue of water around the globe. Likewise many of our domestic partners are applying their resources to that end.  Yet a mere 45 days away is the U.S. presidential election and the opportunity to focus on clean water management, arguably one of our nation’s most important domestic policy programs. We stand at a crossroads.

 

Our rivers, streams, and estuaries are cleaner, and much has been accomplished since the Clean Water Act was passed 40 years ago. But have we solved the problem regarding our availability of clean water in the years ahead? Our technology has been largely focused on ways to keep water clean, but we need technology that moves past cleaning our water bodies to new methods of water management—methods resulting in reuse, resource recovery, and energy independence.

 

In another 40 years, I hope we can look back and celebrate the idea that our communities effectively harnessed the resources of this planet and made waters ever cleaner and available to all--and did so through methods that lowered costs and created a better quality of life for everyone in the process.

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Posted Sept. 5, 2012 

 

Our rivers, streams, and estuaries are cleaner, and much has been accomplished since the Clean Water Act was passed 40 years ago. But have we solved the problem regarding our availability of clean water in the years ahead? Our technology has been largely focused on ways to keep water clean, but we need technology that moves past cleaning our water bodies to new methods of water management—methods resulting in reuse, resource recovery, and energy independence.

 

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The Clean Water Nexus to a Healthy Planet

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Last week I had the honor of representing the Water Environment Federation at the World Water Week hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). During the week the Stockholm Water Prize was presented by H.M. King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden to the International Water Management Institute. This was the twenty-second year this prestigious prize has been awarded. I was so proud that previous leaders of WEF had deemed it worthy to help found this recognition of outstanding water-related achievements.

 

The theme of the week was water and food security, and those of us who work water are well aware of the increasing demand for clean water given the needs of our world’s growing population. But what dawned on me, a kind of ‘aha’ moment, was that for our well being as members of the human race plus creatures great and small, there is an essential water nexus.

 

WEF’s partners and allies around the world, including SIWI and many others, are diligent warriors in presenting the latest science and leadership to solve the complex issue of water around the globe. Likewise many of our domestic partners are applying their resources to that end.  Yet a mere 45 days away is the U.S. presidential election and the opportunity to focus on clean water management, arguably one of our nation’s most important domestic policy programs. We stand at a crossroads.

 

Our rivers, streams, and estuaries are cleaner, and much has been accomplished since the Clean Water Act was passed 40 years ago. But have we solved the problem regarding our availability of clean water in the years ahead? Our technology has been largely focused on ways to keep water clean, but we need technology that moves past cleaning our water bodies to new methods of water management—methods resulting in reuse, resource recovery, and energy independence.

 

In another 40 years, I hope we can look back and celebrate the idea that our communities effectively harnessed the resources of this planet and made waters ever cleaner and available to all--and did so through methods that lowered costs and created a better quality of life for everyone in the process.

Posted by Jon Byus at 09/05/2012 08:58:34 AM | 


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Prior to joining the Water Environment Federation as executive director in 2011, Jeff Eger served as executive director of Sanitation District 1 (SD1) in Kentucky since 1994. SD1 is the second largest public sewer utility in that state and maintains $1 billion in physical assets that include more than 1,600 miles of sanitary sewer line, 143 wastewater pumping stations, 15 flood pump stations, eight package treatment plants, two major wastewater treatment plants with a third under construction, more than 250 miles of storm sewer and more than 17,800 sewer structures. Career highlights of his tenure include supervision of the regionalization of 30 municipal sanitary sewer systems in response to pending Federal environmental regulations and legislative changes; responsibility for development and implementation of a regional storm water management program to comply with Federal regulations, and negotiating a unique watershed-based Consent Decree with state and federal officials that outlines a strategic 20-year plan for addressing sewer overflows in Northern Kentucky. He also initiated the design and construction of two new regional wastewater treatment plants and secured more than $80 million in low interest, state revolving loan funds to help finance the construction of these facilities, reducing costs to local rate payers.

Jeff is former chairman of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission and has been active in numerous other professional and civic service endeavors such as the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Gateway Community and Technical College Foundation, the Bluegrass State Skills Commission, and the Kentucky Literacy Commission. He is Outstanding Alumnus of Northern Kentucky University (graduated 1994, Bachelor of Arts, Communications).


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