ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Water Environment Federation (WEF), a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 members representing water quality professionals around the world, announced today that Jeff Eger has been named as the new Executive Director. Eger will assume the position from the current Executive Director, William Bertera, on January 24, 2011.
Eger comes to WEF from Sanitation District 1 (SD1) in Fort Wright, Kentucky where he has been serving as Executive Director since 1994. SD1 is the second largest public sewer utility in Kentucky, maintaining $1 billion in physical assets.
"It is with great excitement that we announce Mr. Eger's addition to our team," said WEF President Jeanette Brown. "We are fortunate that someone with Jeff's leadership, experience and creativity is taking up the torch to represent WEF as it faces the next generation of environmental challenges."
SD1 is recognized as a national leader in terms of embracing and implementing green infrastructure in wet weather control strategies, advocating for legislation and policy change on the state and national levels, and using adaptive watershed management in controlling and managing storm water.
"We look forward to continuing WEF's visionary thinking and inspired leadership as Jeff comes on board," continued Brown. "The WEF Board was particularly impressed by his credentials in working with water regulations and stormwater issues."
During his tenure, Eger developed and implemented a regional stormwater management program to comply with U.S. EPA's regulations, and began taking responsibility of public stormwater collection systems in 2009. He also supervised the regionalization of 30 municipal sanitary sewer systems in response to pending federal environmental regulations and legislative changes.
Eger has vast experience in working with organizations active on the regional and national levels. He is a member and past chairman of The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, the water pollution control agency for the Ohio River and its tributaries. He also chairs the Wet Weather Partnership, a national organization dedicated to seeking environmentally responsible solutions to urban wet weather issues.
"Through the strong leadership of the SD1 Board of Directors and staff, the organization has proven that an innovative and a cost effective plan can be developed to manage the vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure in Northern Kentucky," Eger said. "I look forward to promoting the concepts we pioneered here on a national and international platform. WEF's leadership, staff and Member Associations are committed to promoting the mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment. I am honored to be part of this important mission."
Bertera has been WEF's Executive Director since 2001 and leaves a legacy that includes increasing the organization's membership and financial stability, as well as growing WEF's annual conference—WEFTEC—to the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world.
Eger earned a Communications degree from Northern Kentucky University. Visit www.wef.org to read Eger's full biography.
To set up interviews, or for additional materials, please contact Linda Kelly at LKelly@wef.org or call 703-684-2448.
Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF and its Member Associations proudly work to achieve our mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment. www.wef.org
SOURCE Water Environment Federation