WEF Announces New Executive Director
January 1, 2011The Board of Trustees has announced that Jeff Eger has been named the new executive director of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 members representing water quality professionals around the world.
Eger assumes his new role on Jan. 24, a position currently held by William (Bill) Bertera since 2001. Bertera leaves a legacy at WEF by increasing membership and financial stability and growing WEF’s annual conference, WEFTEC, to the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world
Eger comes to WEF from Sanitation District 1 (SD1) in Fort Wright, Ky., where he has been serving as executive director since 1994. SD1 is the second largest public sewer utility in Kentucky, maintaining $1 billion in physical assets.
SD1 is recognized as a national leader in terms of embracing and implementing green infrastructure in wet weather control strategies, advocating for legislation and policy change on the state and national levels and using adaptive watershed management in controlling and managing storm water.
During his tenure, Eger developed and implemented a regional stormwater management program to comply with U.S. EPA’s regulations and began taking responsibility of public stormwater collection systems in 2009. He also supervised the regionalization of 30 municipal sanitary sewer systems in response to pending federal environmental regulations and legislative changes.
Eger has vast experience in working with organizations active on the regional and national levels. He is a member and past chairman of The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, the water pollution control agency for the Ohio River and its tributaries. He also chairs the Wet Weather Partnership, a national organization dedicated to seeking environmentally responsible solutions to urban wet weather issues.