ARCADIS? Doug Owen Named Chair of WateReuse Research Foundation

Doug Owen, executive vice president and chief technical officer of the Water Division of ARCADIS North America, will serve on the boards of two influential research organizations in the water profession.

Owen has been elected to a two-year term as chair of the board of directors of the WateReuse Research Foundation (WRRF). The WateReuse Research Foundation is an educational, nonprofit public benefit corporation that serves as a centralized organization for the water and wastewater community to advance the science of water reuse, recycling, reclamation and desalination. The Foundation’s research covers a broad spectrum of issues, including chemical contaminants, microbiological agents, treatment technologies, salinity management, public perception, and economics.? Most recently, WRRF has undertaken an ambitious research program to answer key questions that will enable a regulatory construct for direct potable reuse.

In addition, Owen has also been elected to the board of directors of the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) for a three-year term, starting in January 2015. WERF, formed in 1989, is America?s leading independent scientific research organization dedicated to wastewater and stormwater issues. The Board has sole authority for all of the Foundations’ research activities, including awarding research contracts and providing policy and funding direction.

In taking on these roles, Owen notes, ?Given the rapid changes in these fields of research, the missions of these two organizations increasingly overlap. As the two organizations seek to develop more opportunities for cooperation and collaboration, I hope to leverage my experience in water and environmental management, and with this community, to help both WRRF and WERF achieve their goals.?

For the past six years, Owen served on WERF?s selection committee for the Paul L. Busch Award, recognizing the outstanding individuals whose ongoing efforts contribute significantly to water quality research and its practical application in the environment. He also had the honor to present the Award this year at the 25th annual WERF Subscriber Luncheon and Award Presentation at the 2014 WEFTEC conference.

In his role as executive vice president and chief technical officer at ARCADIS, Owen is also responsible for the ARCADIS North America?s sustainability approach, integrating sustainable practices into client services and evaluating adaptation strategies for climate change. He currently serves on the Board of the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard, and contributed to the water elements in the Envision sustainable rating system.?Prior to 2007, Doug served as managing director of ARCADIS? business unit providing drinking water, wastewater, and water resources services to municipal clients. He has led applied research projects on advanced technologies, consulted with utilities on treatment and facility planning for over 6 billion gallons per day of treatment capacity throughout the United States, and has provided technical and facilitation support to US EPA and American Water Works Association (AWWA) on a range of policy issues.

Owen is also a board member for the UNC School of Public Health Foundation and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. He has served on the US EPA’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council, as the chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for Journal American Water Works Association, as a trustee for AWWA?s Water Science and Research Division, and on advisory boards for the universities of Texas, New Hampshire, and Columbia. He has published widely on water treatment and planning topics in books, peer-reviewed journals and at national and international conferences.

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