News | August 21, 2012

WEFTEC Sessions, Exhibits Tackle Stormwater

Source: Water Environment Federation (WEF) - WEFTEC

New Pavilion to Feature Related Products and Services

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) will feature an extensive lineup of stormwater programming and dedicated exhibit space at WEFTEC 2012, WEF’s 85th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference this fall in New Orleans, La.

Attendees may choose from more than one dozen workshops and sessions featuring 97 presentations on stormwater management, green infrastructure and wet weather. Topics covered range from stormwater system analysis and design to rainwater harvesting.

On Monday, the session “Key Emerging Stormwater Issues: Skating Ahead of the Puck” will examine several emerging areas of stormwater management and cover the potential impacts on both the practice and the practitioner. Results from the WEF inaugural Stormwater Symposium will be featured and summarized.

Representatives from several large U.S. cities will present their own experiences with municipal green infrastructure projects in Tuesday’s session “Big Cities Turn Stormwater Green”. Cities represented include Philadelphia, Orlando, Austin and Detroit. James Garin, director of engineering for the New York Department of Environmental Protection, will discuss design and maintenance of the Bluebelt, a large-scale watershed-level best management practices program that uses waterways and wetlands to naturally manage stormwater over a 16,000-acre region of Staten Island, N.Y.

For the first time, the WEFTEC exhibit hall will feature the Stormwater Pavilion—10,000 square feet of exhibit space dedicated to related treatment products and services. 

"We have long had stormwater manufacturers exhibit at WEFTEC, but this is the first time they are coming together to create a hub of stormwater products and innovation,” said Seth Brown, WEF’s stormwater program and policy manager. “The pavilion creates a great complement to the technical programming and builds momentum for this important water quality issue.”

In addition to the pavilion, technical experts from participating companies will share the latest stormwater technologies—from CSO treatment and nutrient removal to UV disinfection of stormwater runoff—during Wednesday afternoon’s Exhibitor Showcase.

WEFTEC 2012 will be held at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center from September 29 – October 3, 2012. Visit for the latest conference details.

Learn more about WEF’s stormwater program at

Complimentary registration is available for credential media representatives in advance through August 31 or onsite beginning Sunday, September 29. Visit the WEFTEC Online Press Room for details. 

About WEF

Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations, and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide.

Source: The Water Environment Federation (WEF)