Worth Noting - December 2019


Cary Naas was hired as superintendent of the Eureka (Illinois) Wastewater Treatment Plant. He replaces Doug Eastman, who retired after 27 years. 

Jeff Arthur was hired as director of Public Works for Lafayette, Colorado. He replaces Doug Short, who retired after 20 years. 

Mark Brown was hired as utility director for Union, South Carolina. He replaces Joe Nichols, who was named city administrator. 

Dustin Martin was hired as superintendent of the Department of Public Works in Saranac Lake, New York. 

The Water Environment Federation presented 2019 awards for published papers. Recipients include:

  • Eddy Wastewater Principles/Processes Medal: “Acute Impact of Chlortetracycline on Nitrifying and Denitrifying Processes,” Rama Pulicharla, Mehdi Zolfaghari, Satinder Kaur Brar, Patrick Drogui, Serge Auger, Mausam Verma and Rao Y. Surampalli.
  • Gascoigne Wastewater Treatment Plant Operational Improvement Medal: “Doubling Down on Disinfection,” Michael J. Watts, Walter Collins, Aaron Stallmann and J. Paul Strickland.
  • McKee Groundwater Protection, Restoration or Sustainable Use Award: “Sustainability Assessment for Indirect Potable Reuse: A Case Study from Reno, Nevada,” Laura Haak, Vijay Sundaram and Krishna Pagilla.
  • Rudolfs Industrial Waste Management Medal: “Evaluation of Kinetic and Stoichiometric Parameters for Denitrification of a Petroleum Refinery Wastewater,” Dan Carey, Ph.D., David Marrs, P.E., and Everett Gill. 

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies presented its Peak Performance Awards. Award winners include:

  • Fort Collins (Colorado) Utilities Wastewater Department: Drake and Mulberry water reclamation facilities, Platinum awards.
  • Upper Trinity Regional Water District (Texas): Lakeview, Peninsula and Riverbend regional water reclamation plants, Platinum awards; and Doe Branch Regional Water Reclamation Plant, Gold award.
  • North Shore (Illinois) Water Reclamation District: Waukegan Water Reclamation Facility, Gold Award; and Clavey Road and Gurnee water reclamation facilities, Silver Awards.
  • Pine Bluff (Arkansas) Wastewater Utility: Boyd Point Treatment Facility, Platinum Award. 

The Snoqualmie Wastewater Treatment Plant, Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Pierce County and Birch Bay Water and Sewer District wastewater treatment plant received Outstanding Performance awards from the Washington State Department of Ecology. 

The New England Water Environment Association presented the York (Maine) Sewer District with the 2019 Wastewater Utility Award. 

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

The Cooperstown (New York) Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners recognized longtime chairman Ted Peters at a groundbreaking on the village’s $9.1 million project to repair and upgrade the water treatment plant. 

The Gainesville Water Treatment Plant received a Texas Optimization Program Recognition Award from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. 

The Murray (Kentucky) Water Treatment Plant received the 2019 Water Treatment Plant of Excellence award among medium-sized facilities from the Kentucky/Tennessee Section American Water Works Association.


Dec. 2-6

National Green Infrastructure Certification Program, Georgia Association of Water Professionals, Marietta, Georgia. Visit www.wef.org.  

Dec. 3-5

AWWA North American Water Loss Conference & Exposition, Renaissance Nashville Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee. Visit www.awwa.org.  

Dec. 8-12

Florida Section AWWA Fall Conference: Building a Resilient Utility, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. Visit www.fsawwa.org.

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