The Water Environment Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) heads to New Orleans for its 85th annual event at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.

WEFTEC 2011 brought in more than 17,000 attendees, more than 900 exhibitors, making it one of the largest annual event for water quality professionals held each year. This year, WEFTEC 2012 will host 130 technical sessions from topics including Collection Systems; Disinfection and Public Health; Facility Operations and Maintenance; Future Insights, Global Issues and Sustainability;Government Affairs; Industrial Issues and Treatment Technologies; Research and Innovation; Municipal Wastewater Treatment Process and Design; Residuals and Biosolids Management; Stormwater Management; Utility Management; Water Reclamation and Reuse; and Watershed Resources Management and Sustainability. There will also be 24 workshops and six facility tours.

As always, attendees have the opportunity to earn 1.2 continuing education units (CEUs), 16.5 professional development hours (PDHs) and numerous contact hours by attending many of the conference events.
Delivering the keynote address at the Opening General Session on Monday, Oct. 1 will be scheduled for Monday, Oct.1, this year’s keynote address will be delivered by Jim Carroll, a respected author, columnist, media commentator and consultant who links future trends to innovation and creativity. The theme of this year’s Opening General Session will focus on “A New Direction for WEF” and tie into the organization’s new Strategic Direction that was announced earlier this year. Carroll’s presentation on innovation and transformation strategy is expected to frame the larger program theme and provide some tools and tips for how to achieve a higher level of success through significant, transformative change.

The Opening General Session will also feature remarks from WEF executive director Jeff Eger and 2011-2012 WEF president Matt Bond as well as recognition of the 2012 Stockholm Junior Water Prize winners. For more information about WEFTEC, visit www.weftec.org.

Sharon M. Bueno is managing editor of Trenchless Technology.

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