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Don Skinner of Kendallville, Ind., was named superintendent of the Ligonier Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The McKim & Creed engineering firm was named the Wastewater and Water Consultant of the Year by the Florida chapter of the American Public Works Association.

The Bemidji (Minn.) Wastewater Treatment Plant will have a mural painted on its side by local artist Wesley May.

Dennis Duryea was named plant manager for the Kiski Valley (Pa.) Water Pollution Control Authority.

Scott Andry was named public works director for the City of Waldport, Ore. He had been the city’s wastewater treatment operator.

The City of Florence (S.C.) Regional Wastewater Management Facility was honored by the Municipal Association of South Carolina for demonstrating that “wastewater treatment facilities, appropriately designed, can coexist with surrounding land uses and substantially benefit the community.”

The Clifton C. Williams Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Wright Smith Jr. Wastewater Treatment Plant, part of the Mobile (Ala.) Area Water and Sewer System, were honored by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for perfect compliance.

Fuller Industries of Great Bend, Kan., received the Kansas Water Environment Association’s Gold Pretreatment Compliance Award. The company was nominated by the Great Bend City Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The City of Mesa received a Wastewater Collection System Award of Merit from the Arizona Water Association.

The Ilwaco and Long Beach wastewater treatment plants received Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Awards from the Washington Department of Ecology for perfect performance in 2013.

Scott Getchell was named director of operational services for the George, Miles & Buhr engineering and architectural firm in Salisbury, Md. He will lead a new service sector within the firm’s wastewater/water engineering group that focuses on the operations and maintenance of municipal projects.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad proclaimed July 20-26, 2014, as Water and Wastewater Workers of Iowa Week to honor those workers for their daily environmental efforts.

The Public Policy Forum of Southeast Wisconsin gave its Norman N. Gill Award for Individual Excellence to Kevin Shafer, executive director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, for adherence to good government principles of collaboration, cooperation and diligence.

The American Water Works Company received four Partnership for Safe Water Awards. One plant received a Presidents Award, another received an award for maintaining Phase III certification for five years, and two systems were presented with the company’s first-ever Phase III Directors Awards for Distribution System Optimization Programs.

The National Water Research Institute named David Sedlak as the 21st recipient of the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research.

The AWWA honored Bruce Manning, CH2M HILL fellow water treatment technologist, with the Fuller Award, its highest award for engineering skill, diplomatic talent and leadership prowess. Manning was recognized for his 36 years of providing industry expertise and leadership skills to the water treatment workforce.

The Del Valle (Calif.) Water Treatment Plant received the Directors Award of Recognition from the Partnership for Safe Water for the 15th consecutive year, an honor achieved by only 30 other water utilities.

TPO welcomes your contributions to this listing. To recognize members of your team, please send notices of new hires, promotions, service milestones, certifications or achievements to editor@tpomag.com.



The American Water Works Association is offering these courses:

  • Nov. 5 – Distribution System Issues Part 3 of 3: Nitrification Control Strategies Webinar
  • Nov. 6-7 – Lake Management Training, Rutgers University
  • Nov. 12 – Measuring and Addressing Water/Wastewater Bills Affordability Webinar

Visit www.awwa.org.


The Alaska AWWA section is offering these courses in Anchorage:

  • Nov. 3-7 – Introduction to Small Wastewater Systems
  • Nov. 17-20 – PLC Workshop: From Introduction to Application
  • Nov. 17-18 – PLCs for Non-Programmers
  • Nov. 19-20 – PLC Programming and Applications

Visit www.dec.alaska.gov.  


The Arkansas Environmental Training Academy is offering the following courses:

  • Nov. 1-15 – Advanced Water Treatment, online
  • Nov. 4-6 – Advanced Water Treatment, Maumelle
  • Nov. 16-30 – Advanced Water Distribution, online
  • Nov. 18-20 – Basic Water Treatment, Fayetteville

Visit www.sautech.edu/aeta.

The Arkansas Rural Water Association is offering an Advanced Water Treatment course Nov. 18-20 in Lonoke. Visit www.arkansasruralwater.org.


The California-Nevada Section of AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Nov. 3 – Water Quality Workshop, Vista
  • Nov. 4 – Regulations Workshop, Vista
  • Nov. 4 – T1-T2 Review, Riverside
  • Nov. 5 – T1-T2 Math Review, Riverside
  • Nov. 5 – T3-T4 Math Review, Riverside
  • Nov. 5 – Water Use Efficiency Grade 3 Workshop, West Sacramento
  • Nov. 6 – T3-T4 Review, Riverside
  • Nov. 7 – Backflow Refresher, West Sacramento
  • Nov. 12 – T1-T2 Review, West Sacramento
  • Nov. 13 – T1-T2 Math Review, West Sacramento
  • Nov. 13 – T3-T4 Math Review, West Sacramento
  • Nov. 14 – T3-T4 Review, West Sacramento

Visit www.ca-nv-awwa.org.


The Florida Water Environment Association is offering an Innovations and Energy Savings in Wastewater Treatment Seminar Nov. 6 in Boca Raton. Visit www.fwea.org.


The Illinois Section of AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Nov. 4 – Complying with Stage 2 DBP Requirements, Westmont
  • Nov. 13 – Effective Backflow Programs, O’Fallon
  • Nov. 13 – Complying with Stage 2 DBP Requirement, St. Charles
  • Nov. 20 – Complying with Stage 2 DBP Requirements, Danville

Visit www.isawwa.org.

The Southern Illinois University Environmental Resources Training Center is offering these courses:

  • Nov. 4-7 – Cross Connection Control, Peoria
  • Nov. 12 – Backflow Prevention Symposium, Bloomington
  • Nov. 17 – Class B Water Operations 1, Geneva
  • Nov. 18 – Class B Water Operations 2, Geneva
  • Nov. 19-20 – Class 1 & 2 Wastewater Operations, Edwardsville

Visit www.siue.edu/ertc.


The Alliance of Indiana Rural Water is offering a GIS Mapping course Nov. 6 in Cloverdale. Visit www.inh2o.org.


The Kansas Water Environment Association is offering these courses:

  • Nov. 7 – Wastewater Certification Preparation, Liberal
  • Nov. 12 – Wastewater Certification Preparation, Liberal
  • Nov. 12 – Asset Management, Russell
  • Nov. 18-19 – Wastewater Certification Preparation, Phillipsburg
  • Nov. 19-20 – Utility Management Skills, Topeka
  • Nov. 21 – Special Topics: Introduction to Water and Wastewater Chemistry, Hugoton

Visit www.kwea.net.


The Michigan Water Environment Association is offering these courses:

  • Nov. 5 – Process Seminar, East Lansing
  • Nov. 12 – Electrical System Maintenance Seminar, Grand Rapids

Visit www.mi-wea.org.

New York

The New York Water Environment Association is offering these courses:

  • Nov. 5 – Solids Handling and Dewatering, Syracuse
  • Nov. 13 – Disinfection Optimization, Chautauqua
  • Nov. 20 – Sequencing Batch Reactor Design and Operations, Babylon

Visit www.nywea.org.

The New York Section of AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Nov. 4 – Topics in Wastewater Treatment and Distribution, Peru
  • Nov. 5 – Basic Laboratory Skills, Peru

Visit www.nysawwa.org.


Rose State College is offering these courses:

  • Nov. 3-6 – C Water Lab Operator, Midwest City
  • Nov. 3-6 – A/B Wastewater Operator, Midwest City
  • Nov. 4 – Trenching/Excavation, Midwest City
  • Nov. 5 – Confined Space Entry, Midwest City
  • Nov. 10-14 – OSHA 40-hr Hazwoper Class, Midwest City
  • Nov. 17-21 – D Water and D Wastewater Operator, Midwest City
  • Dec. 15-16 – C Water Operator, Midwest City
  • Dec. 17-18 – C Wastewater Operator, Midwest City

Visit www.rose.edu/oklahoma-environmental-training-center.

Accurate Environmental is offering the following courses:

  • Nov. 4-6 – D Water and Wastewater Operator, Stillwater
  • Nov. 10-11 – C Wastewater Operator, Stillwater
  • Nov. 12-13 – C Water Operator, Tulsa
  • Nov. 17-20 – A/B Water Laboratory, Stillwater

Visit www.accuratelabs.com/classschedule.php.


The Texas Water Utilities Association is offering these courses:

  • Nov. 18-20 – Basic Wastewater, Victoria
  • Nov. 18-20 – Basic Water, San Marcos
  • Nov. 18-20 – Wastewater Lab, Longview

Visit www.twua.org.


The Intermountain Section of AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Nov. 4-5 – Southern Utah Special Pre-certification Test Review, St. George
  • Nov. 6 – Administrative Professionals Training: Leadership, West Jordan
  • Nov. 20 – Water System Operator Training, Delta

Visit www.ims-awwa.org.

West Virginia

The West Virginia Water Environment Association and the West Virginia Environmental Training Center are co-hosting an Activated Sludge: Microbiology and Process Control course Nov. 4-6 in Parkersburg. Visit www.wv-wea.org.


The University of Wisconsin- Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development is offering a Leadership Skills for Supervisors course Nov. 12 in Madison. Visit www.epdweb.engr.wisc.edu.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is offering these courses:

  • Nov. 3-4 – Distribution Certification, Fond du Lac
  • Nov. 3-4 – Disinfection, Oconomowoc
  • Nov. 4-6 – Water Industry Professional Prep, Milwaukee
  • Nov. 11-13 – Fundamentals of Modern Wastewater Treatment Process, Milwaukee
  • Nov. 18-20 – Safe and Efficient Fresh Water Transport and Distribution, Milwaukee
  • Nov. 21 – Water Purification Processes in Modern Waterworks, Milwaukee
  • Nov. 24-26 – Key Processes of Wastewater Transport and Control, Milwaukee
  • Nov. 25-26 – Monitoring, Controlling, and Optimizing Operations in Water, Milwaukee

Visit http://dnr.wi.gov/elcpublic/EventCal.aspx?pc=1#.U7Gq_cawhaG.  

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