Worth Noting - May 2020

People/Awards; Calendar


The City of Round Rock, Texas, named its newly opened utilities and transportation administration building for Bob Bennett, who began his career with the city in 1976 and served as city manager from 1979 to 2003. Among his achievements, Bennett was instrumental in developing the city’s wastewater utility systems. He also played a key role in creating a regional wastewater system centered on the Brushy Creek Regional Wastewater Plant.

Jeff Long retired after 24 years as administrator for Rockford, Ohio. One of his achievements was helping guide the development of a new wastewater plant.

Jarin Gladstein was hired as director of the Seymour (Indiana) Water Pollution Control facility.

The Village of Cary (Illinois) Wastewater Treatment Plant received a Project of the Year award from the American Public Works Association Fox Valley Branch. The project involved a UV disinfection system and biological phosphorus removal.

The Westborough (Massachusetts) Wastewater Treatment Plant received an Operations and Maintenance Excellence Award from the U.S. EPA New England division for safe, reliable operations. The plant is operated and maintained by Veolia North America.

Representatives of the City of Paso Robles Public Works Department were honored by the California Water Environment Association. The city received the Wastewater Collection System of the Year award for the region of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Matt Thompson, wastewater manager, and Kevin Reel, civil engineer for Black & Veatch, received the Engineering and Research Achievement Award for the Tertiary Treatment Facilities Project at the wastewater treatment plant.

Jay Schlosser, an engineer for Tehachapi, California, received the Civil Engineer of the Year award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was instrumental in transforming downtown Tehachapi over the past decade, including the design and construction of the wastewater system.

The Hollister Water Reclamation Facility, operated by Veolia North America, received the 2020 Safety Plant of the Year award from the Monterey Bay Section of the California Water Environment Association.

The Henry County Water Authority received the Platinum Award for Wastewater Collection System Excellence, a Platinum Award for Water Distribution System Excellence, and a Quality Assurance/Quality Control Award for its wastewater laboratory from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.

The City of Warren Wastewater Treatment Facility received the 2020 Premier Utility Management Performance Award from the Michigan Water Environment Association, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

For the sixth consecutive year, the City of San Marcos Water Treatment Plant received the Texas Optimization Program Award from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Randy Russell, superintendent of the Michigan City (Indiana) Water Works, received the George Warren Fuller Award from the American Water Works Association.

Rapid City, South Dakota, received a 2019 AQUARIUS Exceptional Project award from the U.S. EPA for work on the East Rapid City Water System Expansion Project.

The Ironhouse Sanitary District received Plant of the Year and Collections System of the Year honors from the California Water Environment Association - San Francisco Bay Section.

Keith McCafferty was named Public Works director for Mount Pleasant, Tennessee.

Greg Fosse, manager and superintendent of Moab City (Utah) Wastewater Reclamation Facility, retired after 17 years.

Ricardo Morales was named commissioner of Public Services and Utilities in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.


May 4-7

Alaska Water Wastewater Management Association Annual Conference, Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage, Alaska. Visit www.awwma.org.  

May 5-6

Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operators Association Exhibit Show, Kentucky Dam Village State Park, Gilbertsville, Kentucky. Visit www.kwwoa.org.  

May 6

Virginia Water Environment Association Utility Management Conference, The Westin Richmond hotel, Richmond, Virginia. Visit www.vwea.org.  

May 11-15

New Jersey Water Environment Association Conference and Exposition, Bally’s Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Visit www.njwea.org.  

May 18-20

Central States Water Environment Association Annual Meeting, RiverCentre, St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit www.cswea.org.  

May 31-June 3

New England Water Environment Association Spring Meeting and Exhibit, Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont. Visit www.newea.org.

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