Nutrient Removal and Recovery Conference 2018

Water Environment Federation      

The conference is held by the Water Environment Federation in cooperation with The North Carolina Section of the American Water Works Association (NC AWWA) & The North Carolina Member Association of the Water Environment Federation (NC WEA), and The Water Research Foundation. 


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The 2018 Nutrient Removal and Recovery Conference is comprised of 16 technical sessions and 2 add-on pre-conference workshops for those who sign-up.  

Don't miss the chance to network at the following events:

Welcome Kickoff Reception in the Grand Ballroom Foyer
Monday, June 18 from 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
After pre-conference workshops end for the day, join us for an hour-long kickoff reception. Connect with old friends and new colleagues over drinks and snacks before heading out to other evening activities. All full conference, exhibitor, student, and workshop participants are invited.

Networking Reception in the Grand Ballroom
Tuesday, June 19 from 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM
Come grab a beer while they last! Join us in the exhibit hall to mingle with your
fellow attendees while you view the exhibits, renew acquaintances, and make
new contacts. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Beer will be
available first come, first served with a cash bar to follow. Don’t miss out!

Facility Tour has been cancelled.


Pre-Conference Workshops 

Monday, June 18

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

 (additional fees apply)



Advances in Nitrogen Removal: New processes, pathways and process control

There have been concerted efforts to overcome inefficiencies of conventional nitrogen removal processes. Which is also aligned with wastewater utilities embracing a new paradigm of recovery of resources from wastewater. To this end, minimization of chemicals, energy and footprint requirements for nitrogen removal has been benefited from the use of efficient biological pathways as well as innovative process control strategies. The main objective this workshop is to address current needs and challenges of mainstream nitrogen removing by showcasing and debating about recent advances.


Sorry Workshop B is No Longer Available!

Knowledge-Based Approaches for Mitigating Struvite and Vivianite Scaling at WRRFs 

The overarching objective of the workshop is to enable informed decision making with respect to mitigating nuisance scaling and realize operations cost savings. The presentations and discussions will focus on the current state of knowledge of struvite and vivianite formation mechanisms; available strategies for mitigating nuisance scaling; and case studies highlighting success stories, lessons learned, and costs.



Short Course:  Fundamentals of Nutrients Removal and Recovery-Theory, Technologies, Process Control, and Troubleshooting

This workshop is designed as a short course on the fundamentals of design for biological nutrient removal. It is most appropriate for young professionals and operators. The microbiology, design fundamentals, and operating controls to biological nutrient removal will be presented. Class exercises will pertain to operational responses to optimize nutrient removal or to respond to process upsets. Process simulation software will also be presented as a method to train operators or to test new design parameters.



 Conference topics:

Sustainability as a Driver for Planning and Decision Making
Mainstream Innovations in Nitrogen Removal
Phosphorus Removal: Sidestream Fermentation, Modeling, and Operations
Control Systems for Enhanced Nitrogen Removal
Alternate Electron Donors and Their Applications
Nutrient Removal from the Utility and Operations Perspective
Reuse and Recovery
Innovations in Phosphorus Control and Recovery
Operator Q&A Panel: Experiences and Lessons Learned Meeting Low TN and TP Limits in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Evolving World of Biofilm Systems for Nutrient Removal
Strategies for Meeting Ultra-low Nutrient Effluent Quality Standards
Latest Concepts in Sidestream Nitrogen Removal and Recovery
US EPA National Priorities Nutrient Management Centers – Lessons Learned from Five Years of Water Research Nationwide
Carbon Redirection


Questions? Please contact:
WEF Education & Training 

Speaker Resources

This section provides valuable information for conference speakers. Please use the resources below to facilitate your manuscript and copyright submission. 

Nutrient 2018 Speaker Portal

Manuscript Guidelines

Speaker Packet

Poster Packet


Manuscript and signed Copyright Forms are due on May 22, 2018

Continuing Education

How Do I Receive Credit For this Conference?
To receive credit for all technical sessions and pre-conference workshops, please fill out a Continuing Education Request Form and be sure to have a room monitor initial for verification.

Attendees will have to submit their CE Request Form to the Registration Desk at the end of the conference. Please request a continuing education form when you check-in and ask WEF staff at the Registration Desk if you have further questions.

Pre-Conference Workshops:
WEF offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participation in workshops. One CEU is the equivalent to 10 hours of training or formal instruction. These are distributed for structured, relevant professional training above and beyond that of initial certification or employment in a particular field.

Technical Sessions:
WEF offers Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for participation in technical sessions. A PDH is defined as one hour spent engaged in an activity that contributes to the advancement or enhancement of professional skills or scientific knowledge of a professional engineer or operator.

When Will I Receive Credits For this Conference?
Certificates and transcripts for this event will be emailed within 8 weeks of the conference. Please keep in mind that although WEF does provide these files, most states will require the individual licensee to report continuing education credits.

Note: Educational Credits will not be recorded and documentation will not be distributed unless the attendee is a confirmed registrant of this event and the proper steps are completed as indicated in the directions provided.

Are WEF Continuing Education Credits Approved in My State?
WEF applies for approval in many states and will be happy to work with individuals and Member Associations for additional state or agency approvals upon request. In addition, WEF has been approved as a Training Provider through the following:

The Florida Board of Professional Engineers, the New York State Department of Education, and the Ohio EPA. Many other states accept WEF PDH credits and WEF CEU credits as long as subjects and content meets with state requirements. For example: California (CWEA), Nevada, and New Jersey.

What Else Do I Need to Know?
WEF follows the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) guidelines along with state-specific regulations to achieve strict policies and procedures regarding its Continuing Education Program. WEF calculates education credits following a standardized method that is the most widely accepted by certification and licensing agencies. However, many states differ in the type and/or number of credits they will approve for educational events. Because of this, participants are responsible for exploring their state requirements and for ensuring that WEF conference credits are accepted.

Service and Support…
In keeping with IACET guidelines, WEF maintains a database of all continuing education files for a minimum of 7 years. You may contact WEF’s Customer Service Team between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm EST, Monday through Friday to request these files. Please call 1-800-666-0206 or submit an email request to

More Information
Learn more about the WEF Continuing Education Program


Attendee Registration is now open!
Exhibitor Registration is now open!

Register Here                            What to Know Before You Go!

(Online Registration Recommended)

To register online, you need your WEF account information and a credit card (American Express, Visa, or MasterCard). You can create a new account if this is your first visit or reset your Password if you forgot. Your User Name is the email address associated with your WEF account. Forgot your User Name? Contact Customer Service: 1-800-666-0206 (U.S. & Canada) or +44 120-679-6351 (Globally).

Please note: If you've signed up for a WEF membership in the last 24 hours, your membership may not yet be synced to the registration system. We ask you to wait 24 hours before accessing the registration site. 



WEF Members (Before 5/4/2018 | After 5/4/2018)

  • Full Conference: $690 | $890
  • One Day: $400 | $520
  • Student Full Conference: No Charge
  • Workshop: $179 | $199

 Non-Members (Before 5/4/2018 | After 5/4/2018)

  • Full Conference: $995 | $1295
  • One Day: $535 | $660
  • Student Full Conference: $225 | $290
  • Workshop: $209 | $229


Registration questions?

Registration Coordinator
Phone: 703-684-2441


Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown

3415 Wake Forest Road

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919-872-2323

Hotel Link:

Reservation Link:

Government Reservation Link:

Group Rate: $159.00

Cutoff date: June 1, 2018

*Reservations are on a first come first serve basis and are not guaranteed before the cut-off date.  



Exhibitor Prospectus     
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Download Exhibit Space Reservation & Contract

Service Manual and Exhibitions Page    

Exhibitors are required to review the License for Exhibiting prior to signing the Exhibit Space Reservation & Contract. Additionally, the exhibitor agrees to all the terms and conditions of this License.

Exhibit Space Rates per 10’ x 10’ Booth
WEF Exhibitor Member: $2,200
Nonmember: $2,800
Corner Fee: $75
Please note: WEF has multiple types of memberships.
Only WEF Exhibitor Members are eligible for the discount on exhibit space.

Become an Exhibitor Member to receive discounted booth space fees.

Space Rates Include:

  • Complimentary booth personnel badges, two per 100 sq ft contracted
  • Listing in the onsite conference program exhibitor directory
  • Complete mobile app listing, including description, categories, and PDF upload capability  
  • Access to registrant data via the internet once space is fully paid
  • Access to conference proceedings
  • Exclusive sponsorship opportunities

Questions about Reserving Space? 
    Sarah Evans Moretti 
    Manager, Exhibition Sales 
    phone: 703-684-2466 

Already an Exhibitor? 
    Jessica LaFever 
    Manager, Exhibition Operations  
    phone: 703-684-2446 


Become a Sponsor and Promote Directly to Your Target Audience.

50% of surveyed WEF conference attendees recognized conference sponsors and were able to accurately identify what they sponsored.

Attract the attention of key decision-makers with multiple exposure opportunities available at price points designed for any marketing plan.


Overall Sponsor Benefits* 
• Enhanced visibility to conference attendees
• Company logo in sponsorship directory in the conference program
• Company logo on the conference sponsorship page
• Complete mobile app listing, including logo, description, and PDF upload capability
• Company logo-enhanced exhibitor directory listing on mobile app, only for conference exhibitors
• Branding on signage recognizing all sponsors on display for the duration of the conference
• Company logo recognition on corresponding sponsor slide at the Opening General Session
• One-time pull of pre-registered or final attendee list in Excel format
• Sponsor badge ribbons
* Overall sponsor benefits are included with all opportunities, except hotel sponsorships, meterboards, exhibit hall carpet clings, and tote bag inserts.

Sponsors are required to review the License for Sponsoring prior to signing the Sponsor Reservation & Contract. Additionally, the sponsor agrees to all the terms and conditions of this License.

Questions about Sponsoring?  
      Sarah Evans Moretti  
      Manager, Exhibition Sales       
      phone: 703-684-2466 
Already a Sponsor? 
     Ronnetta Zack-Williams 
     Sponsorship Coordinator 
     phone: 703-684-2468 

Your Event Experience

WEF’s Vision: A community of empowered professionals creating a healthy global water environment.

Core Values: Leadership, Passion, Scholarship, Collaboration and Service


WEF Policies
WEF respects and takes the broadest view of human diversity and inclusion, and is committed to providing a professional, safe, and welcoming environment at its meetings and events for all water professionals and their guests. WEF expects all sponsors, speakers, attendees, media, exhibitors and other participants to uphold our commitment to diversity and inclusion by helping us provide a positive environment for everyone. Download WEF's official policies to learn more:

Non-Discrimination and Harassment

Diversity and Inclusivity


Safety and Security
WEF works hard to provide a comfortable and safe environment during our meetings and events, including contracting with private security firms and off-duty police officers when required. Your help also is needed to provide a safe and secure environment. WEF recommends that you follow these safety guidelines:

  1. Share your plans. Advise a family member or friend of your travel plans, including the dates you will be gone, how you will travel to the meeting or event, and where you are staying;
  2. Protect your identity. Wear your name badge only inside the meeting or event venue; remove and secure your name badge when going to and from the venue; when disposing of your name badge, scratch out or destroy your name and/or the QR code to protect your personal information;
  3. Plan for an emergency. Be aware of your surroundings. Know where the nearest exists are located. Use the buddy system. Exchange contact information with another event attendee. In case of a venue evacuation, agree where you will meet up. Call for help if your buddy doesn’t meet up at the agreed location within a reasonable amount of time.
  4. See something, say something. If you see something that raises a safety or security concern, please follow the instructions printed on the back of your name badge to alert security personnel.

Reporting Concerns
If you have any concerns during a WEF event, please stop by the event registration area to speak with WEF staff, or you may email the WEF Executive Director Dr. Eileen O'Neill.