FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2010
Water Environment Federation Convenes in New Orleans for
WEFTEC® 2010, October 2-6
Community Service event in Lower Ninth Ward includes a water carnival for locals as well as the construction of a Bioswale, to help limit overland flooding
WHAT: 83rd Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC 2010)
WHERE: New Orleans Morial Convention Center (NOMCC)
WHEN: October 2-6, 2010
DETAILS: WEFTEC 2010, the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world, will take place in New Orleans October 2-6, at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. Featuring the latest research, training, solutions and cutting-edge technologies in the water quality field, the technical program includes 112 technical sessions, 33 workshops and several key events with high-profile speakers. Thousands of water professionals and nearly 1,000 top water companies from around the world are expected to attend.
This weekend, in coordination with Global Green and Groundwork New Orleans, attendees will participate in a community service project, “Bioswales in the Bayou.” Managed by WEF’s Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC), “Bioswales in the Bayou” will include the construction of a bioswale in the Lower Ninth Ward, which will help limit overland flooding by retaining storm water runoff while removing silt and pollution.
In addition, a special water carnival will be offered for residents from 10 a.m.-2 p.m, providing hands-on activities and information to the community regarding sustainable neighborhoods, water quality, wastewater treatment and other environmental issues. Local schools, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and other after school programs have also been invited. Each student will be given a “passport” to travel around to each booth and learn about the water and environment in their community.
Formed in 1928, WEF is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF and its Member Associations proudly work to achieve our mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment.
WEF’s last meeting in New Orleans was in 2004, and with thousands of water professionals expected to attend, this year’s meeting is set to generate more than $11 million in economic impact. New Orleans is on rotation to host WEF multiple times between now and 2020.
*Complimentary registration is available for credentialed media representatives.
EXHIBIT HALL: Halls C-J
Mon, Oct. 4-Wed, Oct. 6: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
PRESS OFFICE: Hall G/H, Room 269
Sun, Oct. 3-Tues, Oct. 5: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wed, Oct. 6: 8:30 a.m.-Noon
WEF: Lori Harrison, 703-216-8565, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Orleans CVB: Tara Letort, 504-566-5019, email@example.com; Kelly Schulz, 504-421-0962, firstname.lastname@example.org
NOMCC: Rosalie Mortillaro, 504-582-3027, email@example.com