Worth Noting - March 2020

People/Awards; Events


The Township of Edison, New Jersey, hired Robert Smith as director of its Water and Sewer Utilities Department. 

The Town of Bridgton, Maine, hired David Madsen as public services director, replacing Jim Kidder, who retired. 

The Forest Lakes (Colorado) Metropolitan District hired Keith Rountree as district manager. 

The Town of Niskayuna (New York) Wastewater Treatment Plant received the 2019 Capital Region Project of the Year award from the American Public Works Association. The plant was built as a net-zero energy facility, meaning it produces all the electricity it needs. 

The City of Long Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the state of Washington. 

The City of Starke, Florida, received a $7.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in addition to an $8.8 million loan, to update its 40-year-old wastewater treatment facility. 

The Nebraska Water Environment Association presented wastewater awards for accident prevention and safety awareness:

  • Industrial: Gold – Tyson Fresh Meats, Lexington
  • Plants with 10 or more operators: Gold – Fremont
  • Plants with five to nine operators: Gold – Columbus; Silver – North Platte and Norfolk
  • Plants with one to four operators: Gold – Scottsbluff, Beatrice
  • George W. Burke Jr. Award: Scottsbluff 

The Southwestern Parkway Combined Sewer Overflow Basin project received the Best in Engineering Design Award and a National Award of Excellence from the Design-Build Institute of America. The Kentucky-based project is a component of Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District’s federal consent decree to mitigate CSO discharges. 

The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management received the 2019 Collection Systems Gold Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals. 

Robert S. Rak, environmental science and technology coordinator at Bristol Community College, received a Massachusetts Water Works Association 2019 Water Works Pride Award for giving extra effort to make a positive impact. 

Lorenz Sutherland retired from the La Junta (Colorado) Board of Utilities Commissioners after more than 25 years. 

Ray Jack, Public Works director for Falmouth, Massachusetts, retired. 

The North Port water treatment facility was recognized by the Florida Section American Water Works Association as an American Water Landmark and as a Florida Water Landmark.  

The Danville (Kentucky) Water Treatment Plant and Raw Water Improvements Project was named one of the 10 Exceptional Projects on the top tier of the 2019 AQUARIUS Recognition Program, awarded through the U.S. EPA.  


March 4-6

Iowa Water Environment Association Collection Systems Conference, Marshalltown Best Western, Iowa. Visit www.iawea.org.  

March 15-17

Water Environment Federation National Stormwater Symposium 2020, Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati. Visit www.wef.org.  

March 15-18

Odors and Air Pollutants Conference, presented by the Water Environment Federation in cooperation with the Ohio Water Environment Association and The Water Research Foundation, Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati. Visit www.wef.org.  

March 16-20

AWWA 2020 Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix. Visit www.awwa.org.  

March 23-25

National Green Infrastructure Certification Program Train-the-Trainer Workshop, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Milwaukee. Visit www.ngicp.org.  

March 24-26

Water Innovation Week 2020: The Next Decade, San Francisco. Visit www.imagineh2o.org.  

March 29-April 1

Missouri Water Environment Association and Missouri Section AWWA Joint Annual Conference, Margaritaville Lake Resort, Osage Beach, Missouri. Visit www.mwea.org.  

March 29-April 1

AWWA Sustainable Water Management Conference, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneapolis. Visit www.awwa.org.  

March 31-April 3

Water Environment Federation Residuals and Biosolids Conference, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis. Visit www.wef.org.  

March 31-April 3

California Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada. Visit www.cwea.org.

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