Worth Noting - June 2018

People/Awards; Calendar


Brian Lafferty, a wastewater treatment plant operator, was named the February 2018 Employee of the Month by the Cedar City (Utah) Employee Advisory Committee.

The city of Fruitland Wastewater Treatment Facility received a PISCES award from the Idaho Operations Office of the EPA for its use of money from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program.

The North Attleboro (Massachusetts) Industrial Pretreatment Program received a 2017 Regional Industrial Pretreatment Program Excellence Award from the EPA.

The Tarpon Springs Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility received the 2017 Plant Operations Excellence Award from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The Jamestown (Rhode Island) Wastewater Treatment Facility received a 2017 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award from the EPA.

Peter LaBonte, chief operator of the North Conway (New Hampshire) Wastewater Treatment Facility, received a 2017 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year award from the EPA.

The Lewiston (Maine) Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority Industrial Pretreatment Program received a 2017 Regional Industrial Pretreatment Program Excellence Award from the EPA.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection presented 2017 Plant Operations Excellence awards to five northwest Florida utilities. Drinking water facility awards went to Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Destin Water Users, and the Bay County Water Treatment Plant. Wastewater facility awards went to the Military Point Regional Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility and the Rivercamps on Crooked Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The Braham Wastewater Treatment Facility received a 2017 Certificate of Commendation from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Greater Cleveland area received the Envision Silver award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

The city of Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility won 2017 Overall Plant of the Year and Plant of the Year (Medium) awards from the California Wastewater Environment Association-Monterey Bay Section. James Locatelli, wastewater collection field crew leader, was named 2017 Collections Person of the Year; Dave Meyers, wastewater treatment operations supervisor, was named 2017 Operator of the Year.

The Narragansett Bay Commission’s Field’s Point Wastewater Treatment Facility in Providence, Rhode Island, received a 2017 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award from the EPA.

Rathbun Regional Water Association received the Best Tasting Water in Iowa Award at the 2018 Iowa Rural Water Association conference.

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick of Middletown, Pennsylvania, received the Champion award from the Water Quality Association for his work pursuing legislative solutions to drinking water contamination in Bucks and Montgomery counties.

The Helix (California) Water District received the 2018 Public Communications Achievement Award from the American Water Works Association.

For the fifth straight year, the city of Cambridge, Minnesota, earned the Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Jason Gagnon was named superintendent of the North Conway (New Hampshire) Water Precinct, replacing David Bernier, who retired.

Matt Bernhardt, director of public works and utilities in Gastonia, North Carolina, has retired.


June 3-6 Pennsylvania Water Environment Association PennTec Annual Conference, Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. Visit www.pwea.org.   

June 6-7 Water Environment Federation BlueTech Forum: Managing Water Risk in the Circular Economy, Vancouver (British Columbia) Convention Centre. Visit www.bluetechforum.com.   

June 10-13 New York Water Environment Association Spring Technical Conference and Exhibition, Lake George, New York. Visit www.nywea.org.   

June 11-14 AWWA ACE18, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas. Visit www.awwa.org.   

June 16-21 Resources for Future Generations 2018, Vancouver (British Columbia) Convention Center. Visit www.rfg2018.org.   

June 18-21 Water Environment Federation Nutrient Removal and Recovery Conference, Hilton Midtown hotel, Raleigh, North Carolina. Visit www.wef.org.   

June 20-21 California Water Environment Association Water Boards Data Science Symposium, CalEPA Headquarters, Sacramento, California. Visit www.cwea.org.   

June 24-27 Michigan Water Environment Association Annual Coference, Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls, Michigan. Visit www.mi-wea.org.

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