Water Environment & Reuse Foundation Appoints New Research Officer to Lead Integrated Water Research Program

The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) is pleased to announce that CWEA member Jeff Mosher has been appointed Chief Research and Strategic Planning Officer to lead the Foundation’s efforts to leverage existing expertise to pursue an integrated approach to critical research in water. Mosher brings over 25 years of leadership in directing innovative research programs to both expand water supplies and reuse water sustainably, and to broadly manage WE&RF water resources more effectively. At WE&RF, he will work with the Board and CEO to manage a multi-million dollar portfolio of diverse research on water supply; resource recovery; and the beneficial use of wastewater, recycled water, and stormwater resources. He will also be responsible for helping to develop and implement research priorities that address the increasing needs of WE&RF subscribers and communities across the U.S.

“Jeff has the experience and vision to strategically manage our research program, but more importantly, to continue WE&RF’s evolution to be the leader in integrated water research that maximizes the value of water by advancing resource recovery and reuse through innovations in our industry,” explains WE&RF Chief Executive Officer, Melissa Meeker.

Most recently, Mosher served as the Executive Director of the National Water Research Institute (NWRI). At NWRI, he pioneered the use of independent advisory panels to help state agencies, utilities, and communities study and implement innovative solutions for water supply and water resources. These panels have resulted in the successful planning, design, and permitting of projects across the southwest. In addition, he has been a leader in the development of potable reuse, including recent advancements in direct potable reuse, to address water supply reliability and sustainability.

Mosher’s hire comes at a critical time for WE&RF. The Foundation, which was formed from the merger of the Water Environment Research Foundation and the WateReuse Research Foundation, is undertaking a major commitment to reinvent how the Foundation conducts research and provides services to the industry. The addition of Mosher to WE&RF’s existing professional staff of experienced water research managers brings together an outstanding team to address the industry’s challenges. Mosher provides a broad background in water issues, including water supply, recycled water, wastewater, stormwater, desalination, and water resources management, as well as experience in developing new and innovative approaches to delivering value through research services.  Building on WE&RF’s recent innovative research advances, these changes position WE&RF as the leading organization providing water research and think tank services to drive innovation in new areas to compliment traditional water supplies and management.

According to Mr. Mosher, “as a water professional, I am truly excited about this opportunity to work with WE&RF’s Board of Directors and Subscribers to expand delivery of WE&RF’s research at a time when our industry seeks more efficient and beneficial ways to manage our water resources while protecting human health and improving the environment. We are at a challenging, but exciting time. Innovation is needed to transform the role and management of our water resources to meet the needs of our communities. WE&RF is at the forefront of that transformation.”

Mosher’s past experience includes senior level responsibilities with several nonprofit water industry groups. At the WateReuse Research Foundation and WateReuse Association, he managed the rapid expansion of the Foundation’s research program and supported the Association’s outreach activities and services. While at the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, Mosher provided regulatory and legislative support to the nation’s largest municipal water agencies.

Mosher spent the first decade of his career providing consulting services to the U.S. EPA on regulatory development and science and engineering support. During this time, he provided technical support to the Office of Water and the Office of Science and Technology. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from George Washington University.

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