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Executive Board Nominees for 2021 - 2022

The IWEA Nominating Committee has considered candidates for the Executive Board for the year 2021/2022. They are please to nominate:

President: Lee Melcher
President Elect: Ryan Christopher
1st Vice President: Kelly Lockerbie
2nd Vice President: Nate Davis

This slate of officers is to be voted on by the IWEA membership at the next general meeting at the Illinois Water Professionals Conference. Please click on the link below to learn about the Nominees.




WEF Award Winners

Congratulations to Dr. Kuldip Kumar and Tom Kunetz on being awarded the 2020 WEF Ralph Fuhrman Medal for Outstanding Water Quality Academic-Practice Collaboration. This award commemorates the service of Water Environment Federation Past-President Dr. Ralph E. Fuhrman, who was a master of collaboration among the academicians and practitioners. The Medal promotes and rewards extraordinary collaborative work by two or more people.




WEF Community Service Project: Join the Virtual Celebration

Since 2008, the WEF Community Service Project has made a significant impact on several WEFTEC host cities, creating more than 6 rain gardens, 8 bioswales, 2 outdoor classrooms, and 1 stormwater managing walkway, all of which include hundreds of native plantings. Join us on a journey as we learn about and celebrate the significance of this award-winning program with WEF staff and project participants as our guide.



Now on Netflix: Brave Blue World


Film Summary: The Brave Blue World documentary paints an optimistic picture of how humanity is adopting new technologies and innovations to re-think how we manage water. The film takes viewers on an incredible journey to meet with pioneers and innovators who are addressing global water and sanitation challenges. Their stories reveal a hopeful and optimistic future for our most precious resource. 


IWEA Student Design Competition Team 

Congratulations to the IWEA Student Team Design Competition Team. They were selected to participate in the Live Competition portion of the WEF Student Design Competition! Please join the students from Northwestern University at the Wastewater Design Competition this Wednesday, September 23 at 2:00 PM EST. This is a great achievement for the students—we look forward to seeing them represent IWEA later this week. Use the link below to sign up to view the competition:

2020 WEF Student Design Competition

Hope to see you there!



Networking & Trivia

Need to take a break? Join us for a water themed trivia event where teams will compete and raise money for a terrific organization – H2O for Life - that offers service-learning opportunities to engage, educate and inspire youth to solve the global water crisis! We promise you a variety of fun and challenging questions and quality networking time. You can register individually or as a team. A hint (Shhh!): there may a few questions related to the webinar on the Intelligent Water Systems held just before Trivia.
H2O for Life

H2O for Life’s service-learning opportunities are designed to engage, educate, and inspire youth to become global citizens. Our innovative school-to-school approach helps young people develop a concern for others by taking a major global crisis and scaling it down to a manageable size — one water project in the developing world.
Through the service-learning opportunity they provide, students learn that they can make a tangible difference for the students in their partner school.
1,683 schools around the U.S. and Canada that have participated with H2O for Life. Students have made a difference by organizing walks for water, water fairs, bucket drives, and a host of other events that have raised $3.5 million dollars. Those funds are matched 1-to-1 by H2O For Life NGO partners who design and implement their WASH projects at the local recipient school communities. This funding model has provided a $7 million-dollar impact for much-needed programs in schools around the world.
24 Illinois Schools Participate in the Program. They operate in 11 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America

The Networking & Trivia event is a part of Chicago Water Week,



Sustainability Survey Report

IWEAs Sustainability Committee conducted a Sustainability Management Survey for water resource recovery and industrial facilities in Illinois. The survey goal was to help assess and summarize the current state of sustainability management across Illinois's industrial and water resource recovery facilities. Please use the link below to access the survey results.



Congratulations to our 2020 Award Winners

Kam Law, Arthur Sidney Bedell Award 
Keith Richard, Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award
Debra Ness, WEF Delegate from 2016 to 2019
Ricky Lee Lallish, Quarter Century Operator Club
Patrick Connolly, Quartery Century Operator Club
Streator Wastewater Treatment Facility, George W. Burke Safety Award

Lou Storino, IWEA Paul Clinebell Award 
Governor J.B. Pritzker, IWEA Public Official Award 
Ryan Sigel, Best Technical Presentation Award 
Dylan Cooney, IWEA Outstanding Young Professional Award
Joe Sullivan, Golden Manhole Award
Dan Misko, Meredith Award