Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) members have contributed to a new report that was developed to increase awareness of the critical nature of water management careers. Defining Water Management, released by the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC; Davenport, Iowa), provides a snapshot of the wide-reaching area of water technology, said Ellen Kabat Lensch, ATEEC executive director.
With looming water challenges of pollution, scarcity, competing needs, climate change, resource security, and potential threats to environmental and public health and the economy, the National Science Foundation tasked ATEEC with conducting an occupational and needs analysis of the workers on the frontline of meeting demands for water quality and conservation, Kabat Lensch said.
Water sector professionals participate in a forum to define and expand on occupational analysis of the water management field. Photo courtesy of ATEEC.
ATEEC in collaboration with the National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (South Portland, Maine) contacted WEF staff member Christine Radke and Association of Boards of Certification (ABC; Ankeny, Iowa) staff member Paul Bishop to help solicit water professionals to participate in a forum in early 2013, Kabat Lensch said. ATEEC hosted the forum to define and expand on occupational analysis of the water management field. It brought together 24 water sector professionals from across the country. Those participants included WEF leaders Paula Zeller and Jeanette Brown and WEF staff member Steve Harrison.
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