J. Michael Read named vice-president of Water Environment Federation

J. Michael Read, of Oregon City, OR, has been elected Vice-President of the Water Environment Federation, an international technical, scientific, and educational water quality organization.

LOS ANGELES, CA, Oct. 17, 2003 -- J. Michael Read, of Oregon City, OR, has been elected Vice-President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international technical, scientific, and educational water quality organization. He was elected to the post this week in Los Angeles, California during WEFTEC.03, the Federation's annual technical conference and exhibition.

Read, a wastewater professional with over 30 years of experience is currently a Vice President with HDR Engineering, Inc., managing the Portland Oregon office of HDR. Prior to that he was the Director of Water Environment Services (WES), a department of Clackamas County Oregon. From 1989 through 1997, Read was the Director of Wastewater Management for the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services.

A Federation member since 1980, Read served on the Executive Committee from 2000-2002 and has been active on numerous Federation committees. He is the Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, served as the Frontier Region Government Affairs Liaison, and also served on the Developing Countries Task Force.

Read has been an active member of the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) serving as President, Vice-President, and WEF Director. He is currently the Chair of PNCWA's Government Affairs Committee.

In addition to WEF and PNCWA, Read has served as a Director of AMSA from Region 10, and as an officer of the Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies. He also served on the Clackamas River Basin Council, and is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He has served on several Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Committees.

Read is a certified Wastewater Systems Operator in Oregon and in New York State. He attended the State University of New York at Oswego and received his NYS Wastewater Systems Operations and Management training through the Department of Environmental Conservation training program conducted by Syracuse University's Department of Civil Engineering.

Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with members from varied disciplines who work toward the WEF vision of preservation and enhancement of the global water environment. The WEF network includes water quality professionals from 79 Member Associations in over 30 countries.

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