Worth Noting - April 2020

People/Awards; Events


Lynn Miller was hired as superintendent of the Sugar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Alexander City, Alabama.

Clint Baze was hired as general manager of the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District in Escondido, California.

Greg Thomas was hired as general manager of the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District in California.

The City of Lewisburg, Kentucky, received a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant to help pay for upgrades to its wastewater treatment facility.

Ron Garlington, wastewater treatment plant supervisor, received a Most Outstanding Employee honor from the City of Port Allen, Louisiana.

Brian Bowman, treatment operations supervisor and assistant director of waste management services in Waterloo, received the Wastewater Treatment Operator of the Year award from the Iowa Water Environment Association.

Scott Kingeekuk, plant operator for the Village of Savoonga, received the Operator of the Year award from the Alaska Rural Water Association.

Jeson Nikrasch, senior inspector, was awarded Valley Center (California) Municipal Water District Employee of the Year. He received the award mainly for overseeing the North Village Wastewater Collection System Project.

The Fremont Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Scott Wilber Outstanding Facility Award from the Nebraska Environment Association.

The wastewater team in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, received the Scott Wilber Award for Outstanding Operations and Maintenance from the Nebraska Water Environment Association. Lynn Garton, water reclamation supervisor, was named a founding member of the Golden Manhole Society.

The Bee Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Murray, Kentucky, received the American Public Works Association Kentucky Chapter Project of the Year honor and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kentucky’s Engineering Excellence Grand Award.

The Geneva (Illinois) Wastewater Treatment Plant facility update was named a Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association Fox Valley Branch.

The Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District in Lake Elsinore, California, received Public Relations Society of America Inland Empire Chapter’s Polaris Awards for its Community Relations Campaign for Variable Sewer Outreach; Marketing Campaign for Being Water-wise, Easy as 1,2,3; and Social Media Tactics for Instagram Outreach. It also received the Capella Award for Excellence in the Special Events category for its Waterwise Workshops Series.

Prior Lake and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Minnesota earned a Local Government Innovation Award for a $20 million water treatment facility.

After nearly 40 years of service, Ron Thompson stepped down as general manager of the Washington County Water Conservancy District in St. George, Utah.

Robert Simmons, chief water treatment operator for El Dorado, Kansas, retired in December 2019 after 46 years with the city.


March 29-April 1

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

March 31-April 1

Texas Water 2020, presented by the Water Environment Association of Texas and Texas Section AWWA, Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas. Visit www.txwater.org.  

March 31-April 3

Water Environment Federation Residuals and Biosolids Conference, Minneapolis Conven- tion Center, Minneapolis. Visit www.wef.org.  

March 31-April 3

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

April 5-7

North Carolina Section of the AWWA Spring Symposium, Renaissance Asheville Hotel, Asheville, North Carolina. Visit www.ncsafewater.org.  

April 5-8

AL/MS Joint Annual Conference, presented by the Alabama Water Environment Association, Mississippi Water Environment Association and AL/MS Section of AWWA, Mobile Convention Center, Mobile, Alabama. Visit www.awea-al.com.  

April 5-9

Kentucky Water & Wastewater Operators Association Annual Conference, Galt House Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky. Visit www.kwwoa.org.  

April 6-9

California-Nevada AWWA Spring Conference, Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, California. Visit www.cwea.org.  

April 7-8

AWWA Chesapeake Section Mid-Atlantic Utility Conference, Turf Valley Resort, Ellicott City, Maryland. Visit www.csawwa.org.  

April 14-15

AWWA International Symposium on Inorganics, Embassy Suites Denver Downtown, Denver. Visit www.awwa.org.  

April 14-16

AZ Water Association Annual Conference, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix. Visit www.azwater.org.  

April 15-16

WaterNow Alliance Summit, The Inn at Penn, a Hilton Hotel, Philadelphia. Visit www.waternowsummit.org.  

April 15-16

Nebraska Water Environment Association Great Plains Waste Management Conference, Embassy Suites, La Vista, Nebraska. Visit www.nebwea.org.

April 20-22

Illinois Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois. Visit www.iweasite.org.  

April 20-22

Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, presented by the Water Environment Federation, AWWA and the Water Design-Build Council, Hilton Anatole, Dallas. Visit www.wef.org.  

April 26

Water Environment Association of Ontario Technical Symposium, Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto. Visit www.weao.org.  

April 26-28

British Columbia Water & Waste Association Annual Conference and Trade Show, Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre, Penticton, British Columbia. Visit www.bcwwa.org.  

April 26-29

Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Embassy Suites Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas. Visit www.awwwea.org.  

April 26-29

Florida Water Resources Conference, presented by the Florida Water Environment Association and the Florida Section of the AWWA, Palm Beach County Convention Center, Florida. Visit www.fwea.org.

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