Worth Noting - June 2017

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Two Spartanburg Water employees were recognized by the Water Environment Association of South Carolina. Sean Henderson was named Blue Ridge Foothills District Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year, and Karen Pearson was named Blue Ridge Foothills District Laboratory Analyst of the Year.

Frank Tozzi wastewater operator for the University of Connecticut, received his state Class III Wastewater Operator license.

The city of Tarpon Springs Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility received a 2016 Domestic Wastewater Plant Operations Excellence Award from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for outstanding operation, maintenance and compliance.

The city of Jackson, Mississippi, signed a 10-year operations and management agreement with Veolia Water North America-South to operate wastewater treatment facilities in Savanna, Trahon and Presidential Hills, manage 98 pumping stations and handle biosolids.

The city of Dryden (Ontario) Wastewater Treatment Plant received a LEED Silver green building certification.

The city of Powers, Oregon, selected Century West Engineering to help construct its new wastewater treatment plant.

Symbios received a $500,000 Small Business Research Phase IIB supplement from the National Science Foundation to help commercialize the Symbios Tubular Plasma Reactor for treating industrial process water and wastewater.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection awarded $5.6 million to the city of Springfield to rehabilitate its wastewater collection system. The project is funded through the state Clean Water Revolving Fund loan program.

The general manager duties of the Key Largo (Florida) Wastewater Treatment District are being carried out by the Bishop Rosasco & Co. accounting firm.

The wastewater treatment facility in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, was renamed the Fond du Lac Regional Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery Facility.

Nathaniel Clayton joined the city of Milford, Ohio, as Public Works director and city engineer. He had been vice president of engineering services for Browne Engineering & Construction.

The South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems named the town of Oelrichs as Water/Wastewater System of the Year.

The Bay County (Florida) Water System received the Department of Environmental Protection Plant Operations Excellence Award for the sixth year in a row.

Mike Norris, city of Tyler manager of water quality, received the Daniel C. Allen Memorial Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Water Utilities Association.

David Ladrigan, water and wastewater operator in Calistoga, California, was recognized for 30 years of service with the city. He operates the Kimball Water Treatment Plant and the Dunaweal Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The U.S. EPA recognized six 2016 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award winners in New England:

  • Belchertown (Massachusetts) Wastewater Treatment Facility, Roland DeWitt, operations superintendent
  • Athol (Massachusetts) Wastewater Treatment Plant, Robert Sexton, chief operator
  • Great Barrington (Massachusetts) Wastewater Treatment Facility, Timothy Drumm, superintendent
  • Quonset Development Corp. Wastewater Treatment Facility, North Kingstown, Rhode Island,  Dennis Colberg, superintendent
  • South Kingstown (Rhode Island) Wastewater Treatment Plant, Kathy Perez, superintendent, and John Mackenzie, chief operator
  • Seabrook (New Hampshire) Wastewater Treatment Facility, Philippe Maltais, superintendent, and Dustin Price, chief operator. Price received a 2016 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year Excellence Award.

Duane Gilles, a 44-year veteran of the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility, received the Indiana Section AWWA 2017 George Warren Fuller Award. He also received the Reggie Baker Award from the Indiana Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network.

The Roaring Creek Division Water Treatment Plant in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, received the Phase IV President’s Award from the Partnership for Safe Water.

Clemson University professor Gary Amy received the A.P. Black Research Award from the AWWA for outstanding research contributions to water science and water supply.

Mark LeClair, Public Works director for Paxton, Illinois, was named Wastewater System Operations Specialist of the Year by the Illinois Rural Water Association.

Jerry Walters was hired as utilities director in Fort Smith, Arkansas, succeeding Steve Parke.

The UV disinfection project at the O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant, operated by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago received the ACEC-IL Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies Illinois Chapter.

Mark Norris, general manager of the Triunfo Sanitation District in California, was named General Manager of the Year by the Ventura County Special Districts Association.

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June 4-7 - Pennsylvania Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Pocono Manor. Visit www.pwea.org.

June 5-7 - New York Water Environment Association Spring Technical Conference and Exhibition, Hyatt Regency, Rochester. Visit www.nywea.org.

June 11-14 - Instrumentation, Control and Automation 2017, presented by the Water Environment Federation and the International Water Association, Quebec City Congress Center, Canada. Visit www.wef.org.

June 11-14 - AWWA ACE17: Annual Conference and Exposition, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia. Visit www.awwa.org.

June 12-14 - Nutrient Symposium 2017, presented by the Water Environment Federation with the Florida Water Environment Association and the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation, Hyatt Regency, Fort Lauderdale. Visit www.wef.org.

June 15-16 - Water Environment Federation Stormwater Seminar 2017, Quebec City Congress Center. Visit www.wef.org.

June 18-21 - Michigan Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls. Visit www.mi-wea.org.

June 22 - Collection Systems Conference, presented by the Illinois Section of the Central States Water Environment Association, Perry Theatre, Aurora. Visit www.cswea.org.

June 26-29 - Ohio Water Environment Association Technical Conference, Hyatt Regency, Cincinnati. Visit www.ohiowea.org.


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