The Water Environment Federation’s annual Technical Exhibition and Conference was honored in May, by Trade Show Executive publication, as one of the nation’s fastest-growing trade shows. The 2014 inception of the “largest water quality conference and exhibition in the world” will feature 145 technical sessions, 35 workshops, 11 mobile sessions, eight facility tours, numerous events and nearly 1,000 exhibiting companies displaying the latest in water quality research technology and services.
WEFTEC technical program is the most respected and competitive educational program of its kind. It features over 900 speakers on topics from sidestream and mainstream nitrogen removal technologies to strategies for meeting primary peak flow demands, and innovative disinfection research and technologies.
At the opening general session, 8:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, author Luke Williams tackles the topic of “Embracing Change in a Disruptive Age.” Williams will help water professionals navigate a leadership approach that more efficiently and sustainably addresses evolving and unpredictable water management challenges. Joining him in opening remarks will be WEF president Sandra Ralston and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Recognition of the Water Environment Research Foundation’s 25th anniversary is also slated for the opening event.
Of particular interest to municipal attendees will be the Stormwater Congress, which will include an update on current regulations and policies; flood impacts and mitigation; green infrastructure benefits; stormwater and transportation systems; operations and maintenance; stormwater research; stormwater financing and funding strategies; and more. The Stormwater Pavilion, located on the weftec exhibition floor, will boast a theater featuring numerous presentations, discussions and networking opportunities.
Tours will be available, including three that allow for last-minute registration: the Abita Brewing Company, Baton Rouge South Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Lower Ninth Ward Neighborhood’s sustainable infrastructure.
In addition to the opportunity to attend additional WEFTEC programming covering the entire water sector, continuing education credits will be afforded so licensed professionals can increase or reinforce their technical knowledge and renew licenses or certifications. Just scan your WEFTEC badge upon entering or exiting a workshop, technical session or exhibit hall. More CE information is available at www.weftec.org or by contacting a conference representative on-site.