Worth Noting - January 2020

People/Awards; Events


The West County (California) Wastewater District hired four executives: Andrew Clough, deputy general manager; Justin Lovell, administrative services department manager; Michael Savannah, infrastructure and planning department manager; and Aaron Winer, water quality and resource recovery department manager.

William Barlow Jr., mayor of Oswego, New York, received a Public Officials Award from the Water Environment Federation for his commitment to improving the condition and operation of the city’s two wastewater facilities and water plant.

The North Shore Water Reclamation District in Illinois received three Peak Performance Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies: Gold Award to the Waukegan Water Reclamation Facility and Silver Awards to the Clavey Road Water Reclamation Facility in Highland Park and the Gurnee Water Reclamation Facility.

The City of Lynden Wastewater Treatment Plant and Pierce County’s Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant received Outstanding Performance awards from the Washington Department of Ecology.

Olathe facilities and staff earned 2019 awards from the Kansas Water Environment Association.

  • Harold Street Wastewater Treatment Facility, top Class 5 plant (more than 3 mgd)
  • Compost Facility on Hedge Lane, Biosolids Management Award
  • Heather Phillips, wastewater treatment operations manager, William D. Hatfield Award
  • Steven McNolty, environmental services maintenance manager, Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers.

Dale Vanderhoof, wastewater plant manager for the City of Larned, received the Jim Current Professional Excellence Award from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Benjamin Brockschmidt, major accounts manager for Illinois American Water, received the Friend of Infrastructure Award from the Underground Contractors Association.

Stephen Morton, superintendent of the Muskogee (Illinois) Water Treatment Plant, was presented with the 2019 Roy Tucker Award of Excellence by the city in recognition of his efforts to keep the water plant operational as it was assaulted by floodwaters in May. 

State legislation co-sponsored by the San Diego County Water Authority and the Otay Water District has been signed into law, making it possible for veterans to receive credit for their military education and experience when applying for civilian water and wastewater system operator certifications in California.

The Linden Water Resource Recovery Facility received the first-ever Premier Utility Management Performance (PUMP) Award from the Michigan Water Environment Association in partnership with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

Peter Schwarz has been hired as the director of water services for the City of Midland, California. Schwarz returns after serving as the general manager of the Saginaw-Midland Municipal Water Supply Corp.

Ozark’s Water Department was honored with the Best Operated Plant Award for the state of Alabama. The city’s waste treatment plant also received an Award of Excellence.

Cleveland Utilities in Tennessee has been recognized with two excellence awards for water treatment operations at its water filter and wastewater treatment plants. The awards were granted by the Kentucky-Tennessee Section of the American Water Works Association and the Clean Water Professionals of Kentucky & Tennessee.

A team including the City of Boulder, Colorado School of Mines and Carollo Engineering placed first among 17 teams in the 2019 Intelligent Water Systems Challenge. The competition is hosted by the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology, a joint effort of WEF and The Water Research Foundation. The team, comprised of multidisciplinary engineers, develops model predictive control systems with the goal of increasing energy efficiency and optimization at the Boulder Water Resource Recovery Facility.

The Kitsap County Public Works Sewer Utility Division has been recognized by the Washington State Department of Ecology for its outstanding performance in 2018 at wastewater treatment plants in Manchester and Kingston.


Jan. 10-12

IAFOR International Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu. Visit www.iicseehawaii.iafor.org .  

Jan. 23-24

Michigan Water Environment Association Annual Wastewater Administrators Conference, Bavarian Inn Lodge and Conference Center, Frankenmuth, Michigan. Visit www.mi-wea.org.  

Jan. 23-24

Nebraska Water Environment Association Snowball Conference, Holiday Inn Conference Center, Kearney, Nebraska. Visit www.nebwea.org .  

Jan. 26-29

New England Water Environment Association Annual Conference and Exhibit, Boston Marriott Copley Place. Visit www.newea.org.  

Jan. 28

Water & Wastewater Treatment (WWT) Wastewater 2020 Conference & Exhibition, National Conference Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom. Visit www.wwtonline.co.uk.  

Jan. 28-30

DISTRIBUTECH International, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio. Visit www.distributech.com.

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