The board of trustees announced that Jeff Eger was named the new executive director of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 members representing water quality professionals around the world.
Eger comes to WEF from Sanitation District 1 (SD1) in Fort Wright, Ky., 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,” said Brown. “The board was particularly impressed by his credentials in working with water regulations and storm water issues.”
During his tenure, Eger developed and implemented a regional storm water management program to comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations, and began taking responsibility of public storm water 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 experience 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.
Eger will assume his new role on Jan. 24, 2011.