The Water Environment Federation announces the establishment of the WEF Stormwater Institute, a new initiative created within WEF to address urban runoff and wet weather issues.
Stormwater is a growing challenge for local and regional entities as infrastructure ages and extreme weather events increase. As an adaptable organization that responds to the needs of our members and the water sector at large, WEF made stormwater a priority and significantly increased its stormwater-related programming, publications, and communications over the past five years.
A 120-member Stormwater Committee; the popular Stormwater Congress—a rapidly growing component of the WEFTEC program and exhibition; multiple books; a bi-monthly global stormwater magazine; and theStormwater Report—an e-newsletter that is distributed to more than 30,000 stormwater professionals each month, are just a few notable examples. As the logical next step, the WEF Stormwater Institute will serve as a center for excellence and innovation to help stormwater professionals apply best-in-class solutions; leverage these existing programs; and provide a home for collaboration among WEF MAs, association partners, foundations, and other parties.
The institute will focus on developing technical tools, professional training, certification programs, and networking opportunities for WEF members and stormwater practitioners worldwide. Existing stormwater initiatives — such as the Stormwater Testing and Evaluation for Products and Practices (STEPP) and the National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards — will operate under the umbrella of the institute. Most importantly, new products and services will be developed in such key areas as green infrastructure, stormwater utility management and finance, recognition programs, and policy advocacy.
As one of WEF’s leaders, you are a driving force in water sector innovation and we hope, in the development of the institute. Through this collaborative effort, WEF will leverage your strengths along with our existing partnerships to advance stormwater technology, management, and advocacy with greater impact and scale.
We are excited about this new opportunity and encourage you to participate in a special webcast on June 30th from 2:00–3:00 pm EDT to learn how you can help establish and grow this important effort. Register here. Leading up to WEFTEC 2015 in Chicago, WEF will announce institute developments, action items, and next steps. We encourage you to check out the new website— www.wefstormwaterinstitute.org — and sign up to receive the latest news and information. The press release at this link provides more information and can be shared with your members and colleagues. For questions or more information, contact Linda Kelly (LKelly@wef.org) or Matt Ries (MRies@wef.org).