The Water Environment Federation (WEF), a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 members representing water quality professionals around the world, announced that Jeff Eger as its new Executive Director.
“It is with great excitement that we announce Mr. Eger’s addition to our team,” said WEF President Jeanette Brown. “We are fortunate that someone with Jeff’s leadership, experience and creativity is taking up the torch to represent WEF as it faces the next generation of environmental challenges.”
Eger comes to WEF from Sanitation District 1 (SD1) in Fort Wright, Kentucky where he has been serving as Executive Director since 1994. SD1 is the second largest public sewer utility in Kentucky, maintaining $1 billion in physical assets.
SD1 is recognized as a national leader in terms of embracing and implementing green infrastructure in wet weather control strategies. It advocated legislation and policy change on the state and national levels and used adaptive watershed management in controlling and managing storm water.
Eger developed and implemented a regional stormwater management program to comply with U.S. EPA’s regulations during his tenure at SD1. He began taking responsibility of public stormwater collection systems in 2009. He also supervised the regionalization of 30 municipal sanitary sewer systems in response to pending federal environmental regulations and legislative changes.
“We look forward to continuing WEF’s visionary thinking and inspired leadership as Jeff comes on board,” Brown said. “The WEF Board was particularly impressed by his credentials in working with water regulations and stormwater issues.”
Eger has vast experience in working with organizations active on the regional and national levels. He is a member and past chairman of The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, the water pollution control agency for the Ohio River and its tributaries.
“Through the strong leadership of the SD1 Board of Directors and staff, the organization has proven that an innovative and a cost effective plan can be developed to manage the vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure in Northern Kentucky,” Eger said. “I look forward to promoting the concepts we pioneered here on a national and international platform.”
Eger earned a Communications degree from Northern Kentucky University.