Worth Noting - November 2019

People/Awards; Calendar


The City of Midland, Michigan, promoted Patrick Frazee to director of wastewater services. He was hired as the city’s wastewater superintendent in 2016. 

Jim Jones of Black Hawk, South Dakota, was hired as training coordinator for the nine-state Midwest Assistance Program, which helps communities and tribal nations find solutions to their infrastructure and development needs. 

Paula Westrem retired after 21 years as the wastewater superintendent in Osage, Iowa.

The Town of Bridgton, Maine, hired David Madsen as wastewater superintendent and Miranda Hinkley as finance/wastewater clerk.

Ron Munds was hired as general manager of the Los Osos Community Services District in California.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded more than $5.1 million in financing to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in Penobscot, Oxford, Washington and Aroostook counties in Maine.

Joseph Lucero, a plant maintenance technician for the City of Escondido, was honored by the California Water Environment Association for conceiving a device that improved efficiencies and safety at the city’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility. His creation turns a difficult two-person job on wastewater pumps into a safer process one person can complete.

Mike Judice, water/wastewater superintendent in Rayne, received the Wastewater Systems Operations Specialist of the Year South award from the Louisiana Rural Water Association.

Flint Hills Resources received a Certificate of Commendation from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for outstanding permit compliance at its wastewater treatment facility at the Pine Bend refinery in Rosemount.

The Brunswick (Maine) Sewer District and consulting engineers Wright-Pierce received the American Council of Engineering Companies of Maine’s Engineering Excellence Award for using the construction management at risk alternative delivery method for the district’s $22 million wastewater treatment plant upgrade.

The Fort Collins Utilities (Colorado) Wastewater Department received Platinum Peak Performance Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for the Drake and Mulberry water reclamation facilities.

The Snoqualmie Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance Award from the Washington Department of Ecology.

The York (Maine) Sewer District received the 2019 Wastewater Utility award from the New England Water Environment Association.

The City of Stockbridge received the Wastewater Facility Gold Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.

The City of West Monroe’s Sparta Reuse Facility was named the 2019 Energy Conservation System of the Year for North Louisiana from the Louisiana Rural Water Association.

The Upper Trinity (Texas) Regional Water District received Peak Performance Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for each of its four water reclamation facilities serving several communities in Denton County.

Jason Barnes, Valdosta water plant superintendent, received the Elizabeth McEntire Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals for excellence public water system operation. 

The Edmonds Wastewater Treatment Plant received an Outstanding Performance Award from the Washington Department of Ecology.

The City of Vicksburg received the State of Mississippi 2019 Water Treatment Plant of the Year award from the American Water Works Association.

The Great Lakes Water Authority’s Water Works Park in Detroit received a Directors Award from the Partnership for Safe Water.

Caryl Giles, Spring Hill (Tennessee) water treatment plant superintendent, retired after 17 years with the department and a 40-year career in water treatment.


Nov. 3-6

AWWA North Carolina Section Annual Conference, Raleigh Convention Center. Visit www.ncsafewater.org.  

Nov. 3-7

AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference & Exposition, Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Texas. Visit www.awwa.org.  

Nov. 6-8

American Public Works Association, Nebraska Water Environment Association and AWWA Fall Conference, Younes Conference Center, Kearney, Nebraska. Visit www.awwaneb.org.  

Nov. 12-14

American Water Summit, Omni Houston Hotel, Texas. Visit www.americanwatersummit.com.  

Nov. 13

AWWA IT Forum: Cybersecurity, Anne Arundel County Bureau of Utilities, Annapolis, Maryland. Visit www.awwa.org.  

Nov. 14

New England Water Environment Association Utility Management Conference, Courtyard Marriott, Cromwell, Connecticut. Visit www.newea.org.  

Nov. 20-21

British Columbia Water & Waste Association SCADA and IT Conference and Trade Show, Anvil Centre, New Westminster, British Columbia. Visit www.bcwwa.org.

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