Worth Noting - March 2018


Dawn McGrath, a Canim Lake Band member, received a Women in Technology Award from Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia. McGrath is the highest certified First Nation woman in municipal water/wastewater operations in British Columbia.

The city of Minden, Nebraska, received the 2017 Scott Wilber Outstanding Facility Award and a Silver Rating Safety Award from the Nebraska Water Environment Association.

The Alaska Rural Water Association presented the city of Homer with a Source Water System of the Year award (population of more than 1,000). Todd Cook, water and sewer superintendent, was named Wastewater Operator of the Year. 

The Pine Bluff (Arkansas) Wastewater Utility received a 2018 National Environmental Achievement Award in the Operations & Environmental Performance category from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

Craig Brymer was named superintendent of water and wastewater for the Athens (Tennessee) Utilities Board. Previously, he was responsible for regulatory compliance in the water and wastewater divisions.

Three team members at the Cranston (Rhode Island) Water Pollution Control Facility have passed licensing exams: Jason Trenholm, Grade 3 wastewater operator, as well as Tyler Ippi and Ronald Anderson, Grade 2 wastewater operator.

The Glasgow (Kentucky) Water’s wastewater treatment plant received the Central Chapter of the Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operators Association 2017 Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year Award. The plant’s recently retired superintendent, Ronnie Poynter, was named 2017 Wastewater Operator of the Year.

The North Platte (Nebraska) Wastewater Treatment Plant received the 2017 Scott Wilber Outstanding Facility Award and Best-in-Class and Bronze Safety awards from the Nebraska Water Environment Association. The Fremont Wastewater Treatment Facility earned the Scott Wilber Award for the 13th year in a row.

The Bainbridge Island (Washington) Wastewater Treatment Plant received its third consecutive award for exceptional performance from the Washington Department of Ecology Northwest Regional Office.

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association was recognized for innovative water practices at the inaugural New Jersey One Water Awards for its Natural Wetlands Wastewater Treatment System, which serves the organization’s Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science and Education. 

Middlesex Water, providing water and wastewater services in New Jersey and Delaware, received a New Jersey One Water Award. 

The Riverhead (New York) Sewer District’s upgraded wastewater treatment plant received an award for project excellence from the Water Environment Federation. With the upgrade, the plant, built in the 1930s, became Long Island’s first water resource recovery facility. It can divert up to 500,000 gpd of effluent from the Peconic River to instead irrigate a county-owned golf course and district property.

The Warren (Maine) Sanitary District received an Outstanding Operations Award from the Maine Rural Water Association.

Danette Gonsalves stepped down after 22 years as a water commissioner for the Harwich (Massachusetts) Water Department.

The Muskogee (Oklahoma) Water Treatment Plant received a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Department of Public Works, Bureau of Utility Operations, was one of 14 public drinking water systems in the U.S. to receive a top utility management award from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies.

University of Idaho researcher Greg Moller was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. An environmental chemist and toxicologist, Moller works to lessen the environmental footprint of communities and businesses by developing filters to remove pollutants, including phosphorus and nitrogen, from wastewater.

The city of Cayce (South Carolina) Water Treatment Plant received a 2016 South Carolina Area-Wide Optimization Program Award.

The Environmental Health and Water Quality Technology program at Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Area Technical College will celebrate its 50th anniversary on March 20 in an event on the college’s Mequon campus. The event will also recognize Jerry Ortiz, instructor, for 45 years of service. From 1967-86, the college offered separate programs in Environmental Health and Water and Wastewater Technology. The program was called Environmental and Pollution Control Technology from 1986 until 2010 when it assumed its current name.

March 5-6

Virginia Water Environment Association Industrial Waste and Pretreatment Conference, Omni Charlottesville Hotel, Charlottesville, Virginia. Visit www.vwea.org.

March 10-14

South Carolina Section of the American Water Works Association Annual Conference, Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Visit www.scwaters.org.

March 10-14

WEF Water Resource Recovery Modeling Seminar 2018, Entourage Resort, Lac-Beauport, Quebec. Visit www.wef.org.

March 12

WEF Membrane Technology Conference, Palm Beach Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. Visit www.wef.org.

March 12-13

New England Water Works Association Customer Service Seminar, Holliston, Massachusetts. Visit www.awwa.org.

March 12-16

AWWA Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition, Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. Visit www.awwa.org.

March 13-14

Quebec Section AWWA Annual Conference, Quebec City. Visit www.reseau- environnement.com.

March 13-14

Michigan Water Environment Association Biosolids Conference, FireKeepers Casino Hotel, Battle Creek, Michigan. Visit www.mi-wea.org.

March 14-15

AWWA Effective Utility Management Seminar, New England Water Works Association, Holliston, Massachusetts. Visit www.awwa.org.

March 19-22

Illinois Section AWWA 2018 WATERCON, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield, Illinois. Visit www.isawwa.org.

March 20-23

New Jersey Section AWWA Annual Conference, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Visit www. njawwa.org.

March 22-23

WEF Resource Recovery & Laboratory Joint Seminar, Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Visit www.wef.org.

March 24-28

Missouri Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach, Missouri. Visit www.mwea.org.

March 25-28

AWWA Sustainable Water Management Conference, Renaissance Seattle Hotel, Seattle. Visit www.awwa.org.

March 25-28

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

March 25-28

WEF Odors and Air Pollutants Conference 2018, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon. Visit www.wef.org.

March 26-28

AWWA Financial Management: Cost of Service Rate-Making Seminar, Grand Hyatt Seattle, Seattle. Visit www.awwa.org.

March 27-28

WEF Spring Symposium, The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina. Visit www.wef.org.

March 27-29

Kansas Rural Water Association Annual Conference, Century II Convention Center, Wichita, Kansas. Visit www.krwa.net.

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