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Atreya Dey Iowa Winner of U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize

WEF Member Associations Send Aspiring Water Scientists to the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize National Competition

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces Atreya Dey as the 2011 Iowa state winner of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP)—the most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. Dey's project is entitled “Biobased Ferrite Nanoparticles: A Novel Approach to Extract Organic Compounds and Heavy Metals from Water.” WEF Member Associations selected and will sponsor Dey and his science teacher, Dr. Mousumi Dey, to attend the national competition, hosted by the Illinois Water Environment Association, June 23-25, 2011 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

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.

“WEF congratulates all our talented state winners and wish them the best of luck at the national competition next month,” said WEF President Jeanette Brown. “We also greatly appreciate the support and commitment of our Member Associations, which makes this program so successful.”

The U.S. winner will receive $3,000 (USD) and an all-expense-paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden for the international competition as well as the opportunity to present their research to water quality experts at WEFTEC® 2011—WEF’s 84th annual technical exhibition and conference—this October in Los Angeles, Calif. 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.

WEF is pleased to announce the new Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Scholarship Award, sponsored by ITT Corp., a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to the SJWP state winner who demonstrates a passion for education, spirit of creativity, and innovation. WEF also welcomes the U.S. Virgin Islands sponsored by the Virgin Islands Water and Power Association, as a new participant in the program.

In the United States, WEF and its Member Associations organize the national, state, and regional SJWP competitions with support from ITT Corporation (also the international sponsor), The Coca-Cola Company, and Delta Air Lines.

The national winner will represent the United States at the international competition in Stockholm, Sweden during World Water Week, August 21-27, 2011. The international winner will receive $5,000 (USD) presented during a royal ceremony by the prize’s Patron HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. For more information about SJWP, visit

About WEF

Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF and its Member Associations proudly work to achieve our mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment.

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