The Water Environment Research Foundation Announces Three New Board Members

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WERF welcomes new Board members representing Austin Water Utility, Washoe County Department of Water Resources, and ARCADIS.

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is pleased to announce three new members to its Board of Directors. The new board members are Doug Owen, ARCADIS; Raj Bhattarai, Austin Water Utility; Rick Warner, Washoe County Department of Water Resources.

Doug Owen, P.E., BCEE, ENV SP is Executive Vice President with ARCADIS and Chief Technical Officer for the Water Division. WERF will benefit from Mr. Owen’s comprehensive background in water planning, design, and sustainability. He has led applied research projects on advanced technologies, consulted with utilities on treatment and facility planning, and has provided technical and facilitation support to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and American Water Works Association on a range of policy issues since 1990. Mr. Owen received his Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and his Masters in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Raj Bhattarai, P.E., BCEE is the Division Manager of Austin Water Utility where he has worked for over 30 years. Mr. Bhattarai’s extensive knowledge of the water quality industry from a utility perspective is a great asset to the WERF Board. In addition to his involvement with regional and national water organizations, he is currently Chair of the WERF Research Council and has provided oversight and recommendations across the organization’s entire research portfolio for four years. Mr. Bhattarai has a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India and a Masters of Science in Environmental Health Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Rick Warner, P.E. is a Senior Engineer for the Washoe County Department of Water Resources. In that role he is responsible for the overall planning, design, and construction for regional drinking water, wastewater, and recycled water projects. He is also active on projects relating to strategic planning and utility consolidation initiatives. He previously served as a water treatment design course lecturer at the University of Nevada Civil Engineering Department. Mr. Warner is currently Vice President of the Water Environment Federation’s Board of Trustees. He received a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada.

WERF also expresses its thanks for dedicated service to Cordell Samuels, Regional Municipality of Durham, and Terry Johnson, Retired, Black & Veatch Corporation who are no longer serving.


The Water Environment Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed in 1989, is America's leading independent scientific research organization dedicated to wastewater and stormwater issues.

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