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November 2018 ISSUE

Linking Member Associations with Important Federal Policies and Trends

December 4, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST
The WEF Government Affairs Committee (GAC) tracks legislative and regulatory efforts with respect to water and other environmental issues on the national level, informing members and providing education about our profession to legislators and regulatory officials. The Member Association (MA) Subcommittee is tasked with increasing communication with respect to federal issues and local impacts. The MA Subcommittee also wants to be aware of local issues that may inform other MAs about regulatory trends. This WEF GAC webinar will provide an update on midterm election and potential impact on legislative and regulatory issues in Washington. In addition, Member Associations (MAs) from EPA Regions 5 and 6 will report on regional, issues and initiatives with a focus on how they interact with their state legislature and regulatory agencies. This is a quarterly update and each quarter different MAs will provide regional updates. Register Now!

WATER’S WORTH IT campaign relaunch and online merchandise ordering portal

December 5, 2018 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST
Join WEF staff for an introduction to WEF Marketplace, our new online ordering portal for Water’s Worth It merchandise. WEF Staff Lori Harrison and Laura Leslie will give an overview of the campaign components, and demonstrate the purchasing platform. Share your use of the Water’s Worth It campaign and contribute feedback to help WEF’s future planning on products that you, your members, and colleagues can use throughout the year. Register Now!

The Water & Wastewater Leadership Center
Exceptional Executive Education Designed for Utility Leaders
Celebrating its 17th year of executive education designed specifically for water and wastewater professionals, The Water & Wastewater Leadership Center returns to the University of North Carolina (UNC)–Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School for its 2019 offering – April 28 – May 10. Applications are now being accepted for the class of 2019. Submission deadline is January 11, 2019.

The Leadership Center's curriculum is designed for current and up-and-coming water and wastewater professionals and offers exceptional coursework taught by a peerless UNC faculty. With the belief that exceptional leadership is essential as water sector agencies strive to thrive as utilities of the future, NACWA, the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) – along with the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) – are pleased to continue their collaboration to ensure that The Leadership Center equips utility executives with the management and leadership skills they need to excel.

The LIFT SEE IT Program
Approximately $30,000 in scholarships are available for utility personnel to visit other utilities with innovations of interest. The exchange, supported by WRF, WEF, and NACWA, helps utilities learn about, gain confidence in, and adopt new technologies and approaches more quickly. Visit the LIFT website and view trip reports from 2017 and 2018. Applications are due Dec. 14, 2018. Learn More

WEF Water Leadership Institute 
Applications are being Accepted for the 2019 program
We are looking for a diverse group representing all aspects of jobs in water sector (operators, engineers, scientists, communications staff, etc.) to join the 237 alumni active around the world. WEF membership is not required. The Water Leadership Institute (WLI) was started 2012, and this will be our 8th intake for the WLI. This six-month blended learning program is aimed at educating, training, and providing opportunities that enable developing and emerging leaders to build strong lasting relationships within the water industry. Applications are due by Jan 31 at 11:59pm EST. Questions? Contact

New Jersey WEA on Diversity & Inclusion
Two key terms of importance are membership diversity and inclusion. The Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) promotion of diversity & inclusion is not a new initiative as the policy was first established in October 1997. WEF is committed to enhancing diversity and awareness of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, disability and sexual orientation among its staff, consultants, contractors, and members. Diversity is an important criterion for the success of any organization. To gain maximum benefit from an increased diverse workforce, people need to feel welcomed and motivated to work hard to rise through their career. We must affirm that we work better together because of our differences, not in despite of them. This topic is something we all can think about and how it impacts an association. Tom Grenci, WEF Delegate from the New Jersey WEA (NJWEA) wrote an interesting article to get the members within NJWEA thinking. NJWEA’s mantra has always been, if you are willing to help, you will be put to work. Although NJWEA has seen a mass change in inclusion over the past 30 years, the author believes the association can continue to improve its overall diversity. Click to read more.

Water Week 2019
March 31 – April 6
Registration will open in early 2018. During this week, the Fly-In will also be held April 3 - 4. This annual event held in Washington D.C. helps inspire local, state, and national leaders and demonstrates the considerable value the water sector brings to environmental protection, economic development, and job creation. Questions: Contact WEF Legislative Director, Steve Dye.

How to Dispose of Cooking Oil
The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District located in Martinez, CA produced a short video for the public to remind people that with Thanksgiving and other holidays coming up, to not pour used cooking oil down the drain. Bring your used oil to an approved household waste collection facility near you. CCCSD offers this service where they are doing their part in protecting the environment and disposing products that should not go down the drain. Click to view their YouTube video.


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Past Issues


November 2018
Webinar: Linking MAs with Important Federal Policies
Webinar: Water's Worth It campaign relaunch and online store
The Water and Wastewater Leadership Center
The LIFT SEE IT Program
WEF Water Leadership Institute
New Jersey WEA on Diversity & Inclusion
Save the Date: Water Week 2019
How to Dispose of Cooking Oil

September 2018

Lips Sync Challenge

August 2018
WEF Technical Committee Seeks Authors
Linking MAs with Important Federal Policies and Trends
News from the Michigan WEA

July 2018
WEF Membership Promotional Video
Webinar: #Keep Calm and Communicate
2018 National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards
U.S. and Canadian SJWP Winners
Come Make a Difference in New Orleans!

June 2018
Promote the SJWP Competition and your State Winner
Membership Tools & Resources Available for MAs
WEF Receives Gold Award
WEF Volunteer Service Recognition Program
CLC Nominations

May 2018
WEF Seeks Leadership Nominations
Looking for MS4 Permittees
Pennsylvania WEA SYPs launch first PennTec Community Service Project
WEFMAX 2019 - Celebrating 45 years

April 2018
Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program
Student Design Competition 2018
Student Annual Chapter Report
WEF CLC Seeks Nominations

March 2018
2017 WEF Progress Report
U.S. SJWP State Submission Deadline
WEFTEC Operator Ingenuity Contest

February 2018
#mywaterlegacy Challenge
Water Palooza Toolkit
National Green Infrastructure Certification Program
Fly-In Prep Webcast
WEF Invites You to Submit Award Nominations

January 2018
Webinar: Community Service Programs at Utilities
Singapore International Water Week 2018
WEA of South Carolina announces new Executive Director
PNCWA Career Center
Lua Line has a New Look

December 2017
Holiday Ideas for Water Pros
WEF Water Leadership Institute
WEF Fellow's Program - Applications being Accepted
YP Summit 2018
Water Words That Work
WEF Operations Challenge Program Receives an Award
Grow and Sustain Your Membership
WEA of Texas Recieves WEF Public Communication & Outreach Awards 

November 2017
World Toilet Day Resources for Member Associations
Marketing Resources Webcast
WEF's New Podcast - Words on Water
WEF Water Leadership Institute
Ohio WEA Seeks New Executive Administrator
WEA of South Carolina Seeks New Executive Director
SAVE-THE-DATE: Water Week 2018
SAVE-THE-DATE: YP Summit 2018

October 2017
The Water Environment Federation Announces its 2017-2018 Board of Trustees
Modernizing North American Water Systems In the Digital Age
WEFTEC Leadership Day Wrap Up
SAVE-THE-DATE | 2018 YP Summit
SAVE-THE-DATE | Water Week 2018 – April 15 - 21, Washington, DC National Water Policy Forum, Fly-In & Expo 2018 – April 17 - 18, Washington, DC
Clean Water Song Contest Winner: Christen Wood, Member of the Ohio WEA
2017 WEF Student Design Competition 1st Place Winners:
University of Colorado – Boulder, Member of the Rocky Mountain WEA
University of Guelph, Member of the WEA of Ontario
WEF Outstanding Young Professional Award: Michelle Hatcher

September 2017
WEFTEC Leadership Day
New Pub Resources for MAs
Clean Water Song Contest
Student Design Competition
Joint EWA/JSWA/WEF Conference – Call for Abstracts
WEF Wins Silver in the Association Media and Publishing EXCEL Awards

July 2017
WEFMAX Host 2021-2022
Help us Celebrate 10 years of Community Service at WEFTEC 2017!
2017 Winner of the U.S. SJWP
Social Media Webcast: Show and Tell
Social Media Webcast: Handle with Care
WEFTEC 2017 Membership Recruitment Initiative Webinar