Worth Noting - August 2019


Raynetta Marshall was hired as general manager of the City of Tallahassee (Florida) Underground Utilities & Public Infrastructure Department.

The Horsham (Pennsylvania) Water and Sewer Authority hired John Solecki of Gilmore & Associates to replace Ted DeLeone, the director of field operations, who retired.

Cheryl Johnson, Public Works administrator in Spearfish, South Dakota, retired after 37 years with the city. She was the first superintendent for the city’s new wastewater treatment plant, which was being constructed when she was hired in 1982 at the age of 22.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded $50,000 Small Community Engineering Assistance grants to the cities of Holden and Leeton. The grants offer funding to hire an engineering consultant to develop a report that identifies needed wastewater system improvements.

Les Morefield was hired as supervisor of Public Works for the Town of Middletown, Virginia, replacing Donald Welsh, who retired. The town hired Alan Nance as a wastewater treatment operator.

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

Tom Myers, wastewater superintendent in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, received the William D. Hatfield Award from the Water Environment Federation. The treatment plant received a safety award from the Arkansas Water Environment Association.

For the 11th consecutive year, the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Operation and Maintenance Wastewater Treatment Award from the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The Somersworth (New Hampshire) Wastewater Treatment Plant received a 2019 Energy Efficiency Award from the state Department of Environmental Services.

The Winnipesaukee River Basin Program received recognition from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services for energy efficiency.

Randy Scott, chief collections officer of the Sedona (Arizona) Wastewater Department, was named the 2019 Rod Olsen Employee of the Year.

The North Cary (North Carolina) Water Reclamation Facility received the Directors Award from the Partnership for Clean Water.

The Eagle River Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Registered Laboratory of the Year award from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 

The Louisville (Kentucky) Metropolitan Sewer District and Tetra Tech received the 2019 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Advanced Analytics, Operations Research, and Management Science from INFORMS.

Two Louisa County Water Authority team members received 2019 awards from the Virginia Rural Water Association: Christopher “Chris” J. Compton, Maintenance Technician of the Year, and Nancy Pugh, Wastewater Operator Specialist of the Year.

New Jersey American Water presented its 2019 Environmental Grant Program awards:

  • Township of West Orange, Environmental and Open Space Commission, River Clean-Up Initiative, $8,100
  • South Plainfield High School, Environmental Science Club, Creation of an Outdoor Classroom, $9,804
  • Master Gardener Association, Rutgers Master Gardeners Camden County, Creation of an Education Garden, $9,500.

The North Red Deer (British Columbia) Regional Wastewater System received the 2019 Project Achievement Award from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

The Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s 4S Ranch Water Reclamation Facility was named the California Water Environment Association’s 2019 Small Plant of the Year.

The Winchester Water Treatment Plant received a 2018 Virginia Optimization Program Gold Award from the state Department of Health, Office of Drinking Water.

The Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority received the 2018 Outstanding Drinking Water Plant Award from the Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operators Association and was recognized by the Area-Wide Optimization Program for meeting its goals in 2018.

The Henry County Water Authority Towaliga Plant was named Plant of the Year by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.

The Groton Utilities Poquonnock Treatment Plant operations staff received the 2019 Certified Operator Public Health Drinking Water Merit Award from the Connecticut Department of Public Health. 

The Santa Margarita Water District received the Clair A. Hill Water Agency Award for Excellence from the Association of California Water Agencies for its Lake Mission Viejo Advanced Water Treatment Facility project.


July 31-Aug. 1

Water Environment Association of Texas Biosolids and Odor and Corrosion Conference and Expo, Embassy Suites San Marcos Hotel, Spa and Conference Center. Visit www.weat.org.  

Aug. 7-9

Transformative Issues Symposium, presented by WEF and American Water Works Association, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill hotel, Washington, D.C. Visit www.wef.org.  

Aug. 18-21

Kentucky/Tennessee Water Professionals Conference, presented by the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association and Kentucky/Tennessee Section AWWA, Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, Kentucky. Visit www.kytnwpc.org.  

Aug. 26-29

Kansas Water Environment Association and Kansas Section AWWA Joint Annual Conference, Capitol Plaza Hotel Topeka. Visit www.kwea.net.  

Aug. 27-30

Chesapeake Tri-Association Conference, presented by the Chesapeake Water Environment Association and Chesapeake Section AWWA, Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Ocean City, Maryland. Visit www.chesapeaketricon.org.

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