Worth Noting - March 2017

People/Awards; Calendar


Adel Banoub, acting superintendent of the Woonsocket (Rhode Island) Wastewater Treatment Facility won the 2016 Rhode Island Alfred E. Peloquin Award from the New England Water Environment Association for excellent performance in wastewater operations and significant contributions to the field. Banoub began at Woonsocket as a chemist in 1977.

Walter Hilbert, chief of wastewater management for Suffolk County, New York, died of cancer at age 51. He was credited with helping spearhead efforts to reduce nitrogen discharges and protect the area’s water resources.

For the 10th straight year, the Gig Harbor Wastewater Treatment Plant received an Outstanding Performance Award from the Washington State Department of Ecology for meeting permit standards.

The Long Beach, Fort Columbia State Park and Willapa Regional wastewater treatment plants were honored by the Washington Department of Ecology for perfect performance in 2015. Long Beach had perfect compliance for the first time in 2008, and since then it has made the list every year except 2012. Fort Columbia achieved perfect compliance in 2009 and 2010. Willapa achieved perfect compliance for the first time in 2014.

Spartanburg Water, South Carolina, was named a Utility of the Future Today for performance and innovation at its wastewater facilities under a program developed by the WEF.

Gary Hanson won the Wisconsin Wastewater Operators Association 2016 George F. Bernauer Award, the association’s highest honor. Hanson has operated many treatment facilities since 1978, and continues to provide education and guidance to operators throughout Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. He is a project manager and wastewater technician for Short Elliott Hendrickson, which has its corporate office in St. Paul, Minnesota.

New Jersey American Water promoted Kevin Kirwan to vice president of operations and Kevin Keane to senior director of coastal operations.

Anchorage (Alaska) Water & Wastewater Utility received the Engineering News-Record Northwest Region’s Water/Environment Best Projects Award and Safety Award.

The Washington Department of Ecology Northwest Regional Office recognized Bainbridge Island with the Wastewater Treatment Plant Award for permit compliance and monitoring and reporting.

The Clayton County Water Authority won five 2016 awards from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals:

  • Wastewater Lab Award (larger than 20 mgd)
  • Water Environment Federation Analyst Excellence Award
  • Municipal Wastewater WEF Burke Award for Safety (Shoal Creek Water Reclamation Facility)
  • Top Maintenance Technician Award
  • Top Collection System Platinum Award
  • Distribution System Gold Award

The city of Fremont Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Scott Wilber Outstanding Facility Award from the Nebraska Water Environment Association for the 12th consecutive year.

The Isle of Palms Water and Sewer Commission was recognized as Water System of the Year from the South Carolina Rural Water Association. The commission also received a South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Facility Excellence award and an Award of Merit from Engineering News-Record Southeast Water/Environment for the project to replace the Forest Trails Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies presented New Orleans; Milwaukee; and Gresham, Oregon, with Peak Performance Awards for 100 percent permit compliance.

The Grand Island Wastewater Division was recognized at the American Public Works Association, Nebraska Water Environment Association and American Water Works Association conference with the Scott Wilbur Outstanding Facility Award, Silver Safety Award, Scott Wilbur Large Facility Best in Class Award, and the Scott Wilbur Innovative Award.

The Lancaster Area Sewer Authority received the Collection System Safety Award and the Plant Operation and Maintenance Excellence Award from the Eastern Pennsylvania Water Pollution Control Operators Association.

Sid Fredrickson, wastewater superintendent in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, retired after 30 years with the city. He began his tenure with the wastewater department in 1991.

Tom Callaway, environmental services manager, retired after 34 years with the city of Spearfish, South Dakota.

Melinda Ward, superintendent for the city of Eden Wastewater Treatment Plant, received the 2016 William D. Hatfield Award from the North Carolina Water Environment Association.

The Naval Air Station Whiting Field water management team earned the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Plant Operations Excellence Award for the fifth consecutive year.


March 1-2 International Conference on Water Management Modeling, Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Brampton Hotel, Ontario, Canada. Visit www.icwmm.org.

March 6-7 Virginia Water Environment Association Industrial Waste and Pretreatment Conference, Omni Hotel, Charlottesville. Call 757/460-7048 or visit www.vwea.org.

March 7-9 Flint Water Infrastructure Summit, Riverfront Banquet Center, Flint, Michigan. Visit www.michigan.gov.

March 12-15 AWWA South Carolina Section Annual Conference, Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Visit www.scwaters.org.

March 14-15 AWWA Best Practices Water Audits and Loss Control Programs Seminar, Holiday Inn Express Nashville (Tennessee) Downtown Hotel. Visit www.awwa.org.

March 19-22 AWWA 2017 Sustainable Water Management, Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans. Visit www.awwa.org.

March 20-23 Illinois Section AWWA WATERCON 2017, Crown Plaza, Springfield. Visit www.isawwa.org.

March 21-22 AWWA 2017 International Symposium on Inorganics, Detroit Marriot at the Renaissance Center. Visit www.awwa.org.

March 21-23 Quebec Section AWWA Annual Conference, Palais Des Congres, Montreal, Canada. Visit www.reseau-environnement.com.

March 21-24 New Jersey Section AWWA Annual Conference, The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Atlantic City. Visit www.njawwa.org.

March 26-29 Missouri Section AWWA Annual Conference, Osage Beach. Visit www.awwa-mo.org.

March 29-31 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, presented by the Design-Build Institute of America, AWWA, WEF and the Water Design-Build Council, Hilton Minneapolis. Call 202/454-7528 or visit www.wef.org.


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