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Steve McTarnaghan, the senior water and wastewater treatment plant operator for the Village of Geneseo, New York, received the Uhl T. Mann Award from the New York Water Environment Association.

Baker & Associates of Scottsbluff received the 2015 Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Nebraska. The company won the Small Firms Category for its work on the City of Crawford Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Steve Skinner was named wastewater superintendent for New Richmond, Wisconsin. He succeeds Dennis Holtz, who retired after 14 years. The Wisconsin Wastewater Operators Association selected Skinner for its Newcomer of the Year award in 2008 and its Operator of the Year award in 2013.

The City of Prescott’s recent $42 million expansion and renovation of the Airport Wastewater Treatment Plant received a 2014 Clean Water Project of the Year award from the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona.

After more than three decades working in the wastewater treatment business, John Stuparits retired as manager of the Grand Haven-Spring Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Illinois American Water’s Streator and Pontiac water treatment plants received the Directors Award of Recognition from the Partnership for Safe Water for maintaining Phase III certification for 15 years.

Pennsylvania American Water’s Norristown Water Treatment Plant received the Presidents Award from the Partnership for Safe Water.

The City of Fountain, Minnesota, received the title of Best Tasting Water 2015 at the Southeast Section Spring School by the Minnesota AWWA. The city’s water sample bested samples from Rochester, Winona, Owatonna and Kellogg.

Joseph Kietner was promoted to chief operator for the Water Pollution Control Division of the Chicopee (Massachusetts) Department of Public Works. He was previously the city’s environmental compliance supervisor. He replaces Thomas Shea, who retired.

Marvin Bull of the Town of Eastport, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, was recognized as drinking water system Operator of the Year Award at the Department of Environment and Conservation’s annual Clean and Safe Drinking Water Workshop.

Powdersville Water in South Carolina achieved the Directors Award in the Partnership for Safe Water’s Distribution System Optimization Program.

Terry Brown, operator at Rural Water District No. 5 in Butler County, received the Kansas Rural Water Association Operator of the Year award.

American Water announced that Allison Bergquist, a doctoral student at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, received the $5,000 AWWA 2015 American Water Scholarship.



The Alabama Rural Water Association is offering a Collection System Rehab Options course July 22 in Livingston. Visit www.alruralwater.com.


The Arkansas Environmental Training Academy is offering these courses:

  • July 7-9 – Intermediate Water Treatment, Jonesboro
  • July 9 – Backflow Prevention Association of Arkansas Seminar, Russellville
  • July 15-17 – Backflow Assembly Repair, Fayetteville
  • July 16 – Backflow Assembly Tester Recertification, Fayetteville
  • July 20-24 – Backflow Assembly Tester, Conway
  • July 21 – Basic Water Math, Greers Ferry
  • July 21 – Backflow Assembly Tester Recertification, Conway
  • July 22 – Applied Water Math, Greers Ferry
  • July 23 – PWS Compliance, Greers Ferry
  • July 27-31 – Backflow Assembly Tester, Jonesboro
  • July 28 – Backflow Assembly Tester Recertification, Jonesboro
  • July 28-30 – Intermediate Water Distribution, Camden

Visit www.sautech.edu/aeta/.

The Arkansas Rural Water Association is offering these courses:

  • July 7 – Basic Math, Clarksville
  • July 8 – ADH Compliance, Clarksville
  • July 9 – Applied Math, Clarksville
  • July 13 – Backflow Tester Recertification, Lonoke
  • July 13-17 – Backflow Tester Certification, Lonoke
  • July 29 – Energy Conservation/Water Loss, Lonoke

Visit www.arkansasruralwater.org.


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

  • July 8 – Exam BF, Modesto, California
  • July 11 – Exam BF, San Luis Obispo, California
  • July 13 – Backflow Tester Course, Escondido, California
  • July 13 – Emergency Preparedness Workshop, West Sacramento
  • July 14 – ICS, NIMS and SEMS Workshop, West Sacramento
  • July 18 – Exam BF, Antelope, California
  • July 24 – Backflow Refresher, Rancho Cucamonga, California
  • July 25 -– Exam BF, Rancho Cucamonga, California
  • July 25 – Exam BF, Reno, Nevada
  • July 25 – Exam BF, Sunnyvale, California
  • July 27 – Intermediate Water Treatment, Rancho Cucamonga, California
  • July 31 – Exam XCC, Los Angeles

Visit www.ca-nv-awwa.org/.

New Jersey

The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Office of Continuing Professional Education is offering these courses:

  • July 16 – Emerging Contaminants in Water and Wastewater, New Brunswick
  • July 21-23 – Operation and Maintenance of Pumps, New Brunswick
  • July 22 – Hot Topics in Drinking Water and Wastewater, Belvidere
  • July 23 – Succession Planning, North Brunswick
  • July 28-29 – Management Skills for Supervisors, New Brunswick

Visit www.cpe.rutgers.edu.

New York

The New York Water Environment Association is offering a Fundamentals of Wastewater Asset Management seminar July 16 in Dunkirk. Visit www.nywea.org.

North Carolina

The North Carolina Section of the AWWA-WEA is offering its 2015 Western Collection and Distribution School July 13-17 in Morganton. Visit www.ncsafewater.org.


The Oklahoma Environmental Training Center in Midwest City is offering these courses:

  • July 13-14 – D Water Operator
  • July 15-16 – D Wastewater Operator
  • July 17 – Proctored Exam
  • July 20-23 – C Water Lab Operator
  • July 24 – Renewal Training
  • July 27-30 – C Wastewater Lab Operator

Visit www.rose.edu.

Accurate Environmental in Oklahoma is offering these courses:

  • July 3 – Open Exam Session, Stillwater
  • July 7-9 – D Water and Wastewater Operator, Stillwater
  • July 10 – Open Exam Session, Tulsa
  • July 13 – General Refresher for Water Operators, Stillwater
  • July 13-14 – C Water Operator, Stillwater
  • July 20-23 – A/B Water Operator, Stillwater
  • July 28-30 – D Water and Wastewater Operator, Tulsa

Visit www.accuratelabs.com/classschedule.php.


The Texas Water Utilities Association is offering these courses:

  • July 7 – Valve and Hydrant Maintenance, Gatesville
  • July 8 – Surface Water Production II, Corpus Christi

Visit www.twua.org.

The Water Environment Association of Texas is offering a Cybersecurity Webinar July 8. Visit www.weat.org.


The Intermountain Section of the AWWA is offering a Summer Workshop July 21-23 in Denver. Visit www.ims-awwa.org.


The Wisconsin Rural Water Association is offering these courses:

  • July 7 – Excavation Competent Person, Madison
  • July 16 – Cross Connection Hazards and Your Water System, Plover
  • July 16 – Emergency Response Plan/Waiver Assessments, Plover
  • July 21 – Bloodborne Pathogens/Hazard Communication “GHS”/Control of Hazardous Energy, Plover

Visit www.wrwa.org.

The Wisconsin Section of the Central States Water Environment Association is offering a Collection System Seminar July 23 in Marshfield. Visit www.cswea.org.   


July 16-17 - Nebraska Water Environment Association 2015 Heartland Conference, Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Kearney. Visit www.ne-wea.org.

July 23-24 - Central States Water Environment Association CSX 2015, Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Visit www.cswea.org.

July 26-28 - California Water Environment Association Nutrient Symposium 2015, Doubletree San Jose. Call 703/684-2400 or visit www.cwea.org.


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