May 04, 2009

WEF Member Associations Send Aspiring Water Scientists to National SJWP Competition

State winners and their teachers to gather in Anchorage, Alaska, June 25 to 27

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces the 2009 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP)--the most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project.WEF member associations selected and will sponsor state winners and their science teachers to attend the national competition, hosted by the Alaska Water Wastewater Management Association, from June 25 to 27 at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.The purpose of the SJWP program is to increase students’ interest in water-related issues and research and to raise awareness about global water challenges. The competition is open to projects aimed at enhancing the quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resources management, water protection and water and wastewater treatment.“Leadership is what separates communities that are successfully addressing water and sanitation needs from those that are not,” said WEF Executive Director Bill Bertera. “The Stockholm Junior Water Prize continues to be an excellent program for helping today’s youth become the global leaders we’ll need to protect our water resources for future generations.”The U.S. winner will receive $3,000 (USD), an all-expense-paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden, for the international competition and the opportunity to present his or her research to water quality experts at WEFTEC.09, the WEF’s 82nd annual technical exhibition and conference, to be held this October in Orlando, Fla. In addition, the U.S. winner’s school will receive $1,000 toward enhancing science education, and up to three finalists will receive $1,000 each.In the U.S., WEF and its member associations organize the national, state and regional SJWP competitions with support from ITT Corp. (also the international sponsor), The Coca-Cola Co. and Delta Air Lines.For more information about SJWP, visit