ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Water Environment Federation (WEF) will help promote environmental stewardship and raise awareness about the value of water by holding a series of community and student-focused events beginning with a green infrastructure construction project on Sept. 27 in Conrad Park, New Orleans, according to a press release.

Organized by WEF’s Students & Young Professionals Committee, in coordination with the City of New Orleans and the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, these special events were created as a part of WEF’S 87th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC 2014), taking place at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, Sept. 27-Oct. 1, stated the release.

The release reported that the conference brings thousands of water professionals and water equipment manufacturers to New Orleans every other year through 2024 and this year’s event is expected to leave not only a positive economic impact on the city — an estimated $21.1 million — but also seeks to inspire residents to the cause of clean water, highlight the importance of the water profession and demonstrate simple ways the community can engage in clean water initiatives. 

The release noted some of this year’s events and activities: Water Palooza, featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations designed to connect the next generation with water, how essential it is to everything and how we are all responsible for taking care of it; Jammin’ 4 Water, a WEFTEC-endorsed fundraising event for an array of water charities and public awareness projects/activities; Students & Young Professionals Networking and Career fair; and more.

You can find the release here.