ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) has announced the appointment of Dr. Daniel Woltering as WERF interim executive director following a determination that the organization would benefit from a change of leadership as WERF reaches its 25-year anniversary and increases its emphasis on "moving innovation into practice," according to a press release.

The board joins the staff, and over 1,000 WERF volunteers and subscribers, in thanking former executive director Glenn Reinhardt for his 25 years of leadership and commitment to WERF, the release reported.

"We are fortunate to have such a capable leader able to step in," said WERF Chairman Catherine Gerali. "The WERF Board has complete confidence that Dr. Woltering’s in-depth knowledge of the organization, its research portfolio, its volunteers and subscribers, as well as the staff, will enable a smooth transition and continued growth of WERF’s research portfolio until the search for a permanent replacement is complete."

Dr. Woltering has served as WERF’s director of research since 2003, continued the release, coordinating the interface between identifying research needs, conducting research and communicating the findings to end users so that the research can be put to best use.

"The WERF board is very enthusiastic about the research portfolio currently underway and the initiatives planned for the coming year,” Gerali said. "Examples include over twenty new resource recovery research projects, and additional Technology Scans through the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) helping WERF subscribers move innovative processes and technologies into practice at water resource recovery, water reclamation and stormwater handling facilities of all sizes and kinds. The board remains committed to building on existing partnerships, creating new partnerships and continuing to further the WERF mission."

Read the full release here.