Greetings from the City of Angels!

We are looking forward to seeing those of you attending the 84th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC 2011) in sunny Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center for another great conference experience. WEF is anticipating participation of 18,000 attendees from more than 70 countries, which means ample opportunities to network, share best practices and new knowledge, and learn from one another. If you can’t make it to the conference this year but want to stay connected, follow our Facebook, Twitter (and the #WEFTEC hashtag), and Access Water blog all week long where our blogs will be featuring WEFTEC conference content and you can join the conversation.

Global Launch of WaterMatch Initiative

During WEFTEC we will be holding our global launch of WaterMatch on Tuesday, October 18, at 1:30 pm in Room 4763, West Hall, Los Angeles Convention Center. The WaterMatch Initiative was developed by a worldwide CH2M HILL team to help preserve freshwater resources by facilitating the beneficial reuse of municipal wastewater. WaterMatch harnesses the power of social networking to link industries, who need water for their operations, with municipal utilities who can supply a reliable stream of effluent. This is a non-commercial, goodwill initiative in the public domain in which no fees will be required for participation by users, organizational partners, or collaborating companies. Learn more about WaterMatch, and we hope to see you there at the global launch!


We have over 40 workshop and technical presentations and posters being presented over the five days, so be sure to check out the full list of CH2M HILL WEFTEC 2011 participation so you don’t miss out on something exciting!

WEFTEC Walkway to Wetlands

We are excited to be participating in and sponsoring the 4th Annual WEFTEC Community Service Project on Saturday, October 15, 8-4 pm in Los Angeles, which is hosted by the Students and Young Professionals Committee. Volunteers will be helping develop a green space between a new wetland facility and a new high school which have been built as part of a revitalization of a formerly industrial area. The WEFTEC Community Service Project is integral to helping make sure this new space is community-centric and provides benefits to the community for many years to come. We hope to see some of you there Saturday!

Ops Challenge 2011

We are also once again sponsoring the Operations Challenge! How do operators and technicians overcome flooding, a sewer collapse, process failure and other emergencies? Do you ever wonder what transpires behind the scenes during the operation of a wastewater treatment facility? Instead of continuing to take these unsung specialists for granted, come see some of the best wastewater collection and treatment personnel in the world display their skills during Operations Challenge 2011! Winners are determined by a weighted point system for the event, each designed to test the diverse skills required for the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities, their collection systems and laboratories. Come see us and help us cheer on our own Ozark Royal Flush and all of the Ops Challenge participants:

Challenge Events

Monday, October 17, 11:30 am—4:45 pm
Tuesday October 17 and 18, 9:15 am—4:45 pm
Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall, directly back to the left

Ozark Royal Flush Challenge Events

Monday, October 17:
   10:00 a.m. - Process Control (Not open to public)
   1:30 p.m. - Laboratory Event
Tuesday, October 18:
   10:15 a.m. - Safety Event
   2:15 p.m. - Collection System Event
   3:15 p.m. - Pump Maintenance Event

Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, October 18, 2010, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
JW Marriot at L.A. LIVE, Gold Ballroom (1st Flo0r)

Career Fair and Networking

We look forward to seeing you at the Students and Young Professional Career Fair on Monday, October 17 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in 515A West, Los Angeles Convention Center. CH2M HILL is always interested in recruiting the best talent to our growing firm, so please come talk to our recruiters and employees and learn how you could be a part of the CH2M HILL team. Learn more about CH2M HILL careers, and set up a profile with your resume, at careers.ch2mhill.com.  

We are also sponsoring and participating in the Industrial Networking Reception, Monday, October 17 from 5:00-6:15 p.m. in Room 408 B, Concourse, in the Los Angeles Convention Center. The reception brings together key water and wastewater industrial leaders, regulatory officials, Industrial Waste Committee members, manufacturers, pretreatment personnel, researchers, and consultants. We are anticipating great conversations, making new great connections, and conversing with old friends.

Water for People Everyone Extravaganza!

Please join Water For People for the party with a purpose, the Everyone Extravaganza. Just steps away from the Convention Center, the Conga Room at L.A. Live will be THE PLACE TO BE from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17. Just a short walk from the convention center, enjoy great music from Luke Reynolds of the band, Guster, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds from this event will go to support Water For People’s important work to help bring sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene education solutions to Everyone—every family, every school and every clinic in the developing countries where Water For People works. To register for this event, go the Water For People Everyone Extravaganza web site. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door.

WEF Awards and Presidential Celebration Reception

We are pleased to share that our own Tom Johnson has been named 2011 Outstanding Young Water Environment Professionalby the Water Environment Federation Board of Trustees. This award is given to an individual under 35 who has demonstrated contributions to enhancing the activities of WEF, its Member Associations and WEF Committees, and has shown improvement in the fundamental knowledge of performance of wastewater collection and treatment systems, water resource protection and research on issues important to the water environment. Tom will be honored during the awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 18, 4:40-5:45 pm in Room 152-153ABC.

“I could not be more honored to receive this award,” says Tom. “I truly enjoy the work I do with the Water Environment Federation and in the industry and feel privileged to work alongside and learn from experts in the field. It is such a valuable opportunity as a young professional to attend WEFTEC, and I am humbled to be associated with the other WEF award recipients.”