Worth Noting - April 2017

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Norm Higgins, wastewater commissioner in Key Largo, Florida, passed away on Dec. 21 at age 67.

Terry A. Gagnon retired from the Watertown (New York) Wastewater Treatment Plant after 27 years of service.

Hussey Gay Bell received the 2017 American Council of Engineering Companies Georgia Engineering Excellence Award in the Waste and Storm Water category for its design of the Sterling Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Richmond Hill.

The town of Siler City received a $1.5 million grant for wastewater system upgrades through the Community Development Block Grant-Economic Development program, administered by the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority.

The town of Cairo, West Virginia, will get a new underground wastewater treatment plant by way of a $1.5 million federal Small Cities Block Grant.

Kristin Eichelberger was hired by Atchison, Kansas, as wastewater treatment plant operations superintendent. She replaces Rosemary Gary, who retired after almost 40 years working for the city.

Adam Downey was hired as wastewater superintendent in Monticello, Indiana.

The Stevens Point (Wisconsin) Wastewater Treatment Plant was honored as a Utility of the Future Today by a partnership including the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation and WateReuse, with input from the U.S. EPA.

The city of Grosse Pointe Woods received a $993,060 Storm, Asset Management and Wastewater Grant from the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Town of Belchertown, Massachusetts, received an award for outstanding wastewater treatment facility operations from the U.S. EPA, based on a nomination from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The agency praised Rollin DeWitt, plant superintendent, and his staff.

The Eastsound Sewer and Water District received a 2015 Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Mark Holt, superintendent of the Jay (Main) Sewer Department, received an Operator Award for Outstanding Achievement from the New England Water Environment Association.

Kyle Pritchett, wastewater management supervisor in Corsicana, Texas, was named the city’s environmental services director in early January.

Paul Howard of Haverhill received the 2016 Massachusetts State Leadership Award from the New England Water Works Association. Howard is senior vice president and co-founder of the Tata & Howard consulting engineering firm.

FOX Engineering Associates and the city of Hills, Iowa, received the 2017 American Council of Engineering Companies Honor Award for Engineering Excellence for the Hills Municipal Water System.

Bill Breeden, superintendent of the Chillicothe (Missouri) Wastewater Department, retired in January after 43 years.
Bryan Creed retired from his position as public utilities director for the city of Commerce, Texas.

Deborah Hoag was named director of Public Works for State College, Pennsylvania. She previously served as utilities division manager for the city of Reading.

The Hillsdale Water Treatment Facility in Gardner, Kansas, received a Quality Achievement Award for its fluoridation practices from Oral Health Kansas and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Oral Health. Gardner was one of 20 cities in Kansas recognized in 2015 and received the same award for 2014.

The city of Fairborn, Ohio, received the Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2015, its eighth consecutive recognition.

Kyle Cook, water treatment superintendent for the town of Waynesville, North Carolina, was named 2016 Employee of the Year. He has worked for the town for 33 years.


April 4-5 Nevada Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Gold Nugget Hotel, Las Vegas. Visit www.nvwea.org.

April 8-11 Residuals/Biosolids Conference 2017, presented by the Water Environment Federation, the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association and Northwest Biosolids, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle. Visit www.wef.org.

April 9-12 Alabama Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Orange Beach. Visit www.awea-al.com.

April 9-13 Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operators Association Annual Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Louisville. Visit www.kwwoa.org.

April 18-21 Water Environment Association of Utah Annual Conference, Dixie Center Hotel, St. George. Visit www.weau.org.

April 18-20 AWWA Montana Section Annual Conference, Best Western Heritage Inn, Great Falls. Visit www.montanawater.org.

April 23-26 Florida Water Resources Conference, presented by the Florida Water Environment Association, Florida Section of the American Water Works Association, and Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association, Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach. Visit www.fwrc.org.

April 24-26 Illinois Wastewater Professionals Conference, presented by the Illinois Water Environment Association and the Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators, Crowne Plaza, Springfield. Visit www.iweasite.org.

April 24-26 AWWA Financial Management: Cost of Service Rate-Making Seminar, Courtyard Marriott New Orleans Downtown Convention Center. Visit www.awwa.org.

April 24-27 Alaska Water Wastewater Management Association Annual Conference, Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage. Visit www.awwma.org.

April 24-28 AWWA Alaska Section Annual Conference, Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage. Visit www.awwma.org.

April 24-28 AWWA New York Section Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs City Center. Visit www.nysawwa.org.

April 25-27 AWWA Pennsylvania Section Annual Conference, The Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. Visit www.paawwa.org.

April 25-28 California Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs. Visit www.cwea.org.

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