French Joins WEF as Stormwater Programs Director

"WEF is very fortunate to find someone of Chris's caliber to continue growing our stormwater programs and help establish the WEF Stormwater Institute as a leading facilitator of knowledge exchange and innovation in this increasingly important part of the water sector," said WEF Executive Director Eileen O'Neill.

The Water Environment Federation this week announced that Chris French has joined the organization as its new director of Stormwater Programs, saying French will use his more than 15 years of water sector experience to expand this core competency area for WEF and guide the efforts of the WEF Stormwater Institute, a center of excellence for sustainable stormwater management.

"WEF is very fortunate to find someone of Chris's caliber to continue growing our stormwater programs and help establish the WEF Stormwater Institute as a leading facilitator of knowledge exchange and innovation in this increasingly important part of the water sector," said WEF Executive Director Eileen O'Neill. "His appointment is a sign of our continued commitment to raising the profile of stormwater issues and supporting those responsible for effectively and sustainably managing it here in North America and beyond."

French most recently served as the regional regulatory manager for Contech Engineered Solutions and previously held positions with government agencies such as the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, non-governmental agencies such as the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and is a former government affairs and regulatory committee chair for the Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association.

"As a volunteer and member, I have always admired and respected the expertise and impactful contributions that WEF makes to the water sector," French said. "I have seen first-hand the organization's unique ability to pull together thought leaders and mobilize conversations about the value of water and the need for broad-based stormwater solutions. I'm honored to have this new opportunity and look forward helping WEF develop and guide its national and international stormwater initiatives."

For more information about the institute and related activities, visit www.wefstormwaterinstitute.org.

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