Worth Noting - June 2019


The Orange County (California) Sanitation District’s Newhope-Placentia Trunk Sewer Replacement Project was named Wastewater Treatment Project of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The $70 million project replaced almost 7 miles of sewer pipeline in Fullerton and Anaheim to increase capacity. 

Mike Flynn, Winchester (Kentucky) Municipal Utilities general manager, retired after 25 years.

Dustin Geatches was named town manager for Shelburn, Indiana. Geatches, the town’s contracted wastewater operator since 2017, merged that position into his new duties.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection presented a Plant Operations Excellence Award to the Polk County Utilities Division – Southwest Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The Rhode Island Narragansett Bay Commission employees Nora Lough, biologist; Michael Spring, maintenance manager; and David Aucoin, safety compliance coordinator, received awards for excellence. Lough received the Wastewater Trainer of the Year award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 1. Spring received the Alfred E. Peloquin Award from the New England Water Environment Association for service contributing to excellence in plant operations. Aucoin received the Operator Safety Award from the New England Water Environment Association.

David Viers, Greer Commission of Public Works employee, received the Wastewater Operator of the Year award from the Water Environment Association of South Carolina, Blue Ridge Foothills District.

The Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators presented these awards:

  • Operator of the Year: Dan Hughes, Carol Stream
  • Group 1 Plant of the Year: Bloomington and Normal Water Reclamation District, Southeast Facility
  • Group 2 Plant of the Year: City of Robinson
  • Group 3 Plant of the Year: City of Oregon
  • Group 4 Plant of the Year: Village of Energy
  • Industrial Plant of the Year: Olin Corp., East Alton
  • Clarence Klassen Outstanding Service Award: Doug Armstrong, Village of Addison.

Filiberto Aguirre, Las Cruces Utilities operator, received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the New Mexico Water and Wastewater Association.

The Hollister Water Reclamation Facility received the Safety Plant of the Year award from the Monterey Bay section of the California Water Environment Association.

Paula Ely of the Great Barrington (Massachusetts) Wastewater Treatment Facility received a 2018 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year Excellence award from the U.S. EPA New England office.

Farron Hall, Alamosa utilities superintendent, earned the 2018 Manager of the Year award from the Colorado Rural Water Association.

The Annapolis Water Treatment Plant received a Judge’s Choice Award for sustainability in the built environment and was one of nine finalists for a 2019 U.S. Green Building Council Maryland Chapter Wintergreen Award.

Brenda Adelman received a Water Quality Stewardship Award from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board for effectiveness in protecting the Russian River watershed in California.


June 2-5

New England Water Environment Association Spring Meeting and Exhibit, Marriott’s Wentworth by the Sea, New Castle, New Hampshire. Visit www.newea.org.  

June 4-7

Water Environment Federation Collection Systems Conference, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. Visit www.wef.org.  

June 9-12

American Water Works Association ACE19 Conference, Colorado Convention Center, Denver. Visit www.awwa.org.  

June 10-12

New York Water Environment Association Spring Technical Conference, The Hilton, Saratoga Springs, New York. Visit www.nywea.org .  

June 23-26

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

June 24-27

Ohio Water Environment Association Technical Conference & Expo, Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron, Ohio. Visit www.ohiowea.org.

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