THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT EMPLOYEE RECEIVES WATER ENVIRONMENT FEDERATION (WEF) AWARD
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THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT EMPLOYEE RECEIVES WATER ENVIRONMENT FEDERATION (WEF) AWARD

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — Sami Khalil, Storm Water Management Supervisor with the Department of Environmental Affairs has been selected as one of three top winners for the WEF National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards program.

Sami’s application submittal of community/MS4 has been selected as winner of the “Innovation Category – Phase I”. This program has also been categorized as a “Gold Level in Innovation” and “Gold Level in Project Management”. This level was selected for the MS4 program based on rigorous review and discussion among the sub-committee, and provides a comparative benchmarking level for Jefferson Parish among other 2016 applicants. Awards will be presented on September 26, 2016 at the Stormwater Congress Luncheon.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF), a global not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 43,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world to protect public health and the environment, launched a new national municipal stormwater and green infrastructure awards program.

Developed through a cooperative agreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the program’s objective is to recognize high-performing, regulated, municipal separate-storm-sewer systems (MS4s) and inspire them to exceed requirements by them using innovative and cost-effective approaches.

Many of the WEF’s utility members and Stormwater professionals are addressing Stormwater and wet weather issues. “To remain on top of this challenge, they need opportunities to exchange best practices and learn about cutting-edge approaches for treatment, management, and financing,” said WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill. “With EPA’s support, WEF is able to provide such an opportunity that not only recognizes the success of Stormwater professionals, but encourages the new ideas, programs, and leadership that is needed for tackling the growing demands that Stormwater is placing on our communities.”

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