Worth Noting - March 2023


Chuck Gorman, assistant director of the State Revolving Fund for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Bureau of Water, received the Friend of Rural Water Award from the South Carolina Rural Water Association.

The Norfolk Water Pollution Control Plant received the Scott Wilber Award for outstanding operations and maintenance from the Nebraska Water Environment Association. The facility also received the Gold Safety Award for excellence in accident prevention and the WEF George W. Burke Jr. Safety Award.

Megan Watt of Sidney (Ohio) Wastewater Treatment Department received the Rookie of the Year award at the city’s annual Service Awards Program.

The Guam Waterworks Authority Northern District Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion received the Grand Award in the Water and Stormwater category in the 2022 American Council of Engineering Companies Tennessee Engineering Excellence Awards program.

The Albert Lea (Minnesota) Wastewater Treatment Plant received an Honored Institution Award from the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities for 50 years of service for its observing program.

Donald Clark, assistant district manager at the South Coastal Regional Wastewater Facility in Delaware, was named Sussex County employee of the year.

Sherry Bradley, director of the Bureau of Environmental Services with the Alabama Department of Public Health and MPA director of the Black Belt Unincorporated Wastewater Project, received an Award of Excellence from the state of Alabama.

 The staff at the Kannapolis Water Treatment Plant earned the North Carolina Area Wide Optimization Program Award for the sixth consecutive year.

Wen Zhang, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology won a Thomas A. Edison Patent Award from the R&D Council of New Jersey for a technology that uses microwave irradiation to catalyze reactions on membrane surfaces, producing hot spots and reactive radicals that rapidly degrade pollutants, kill microbes and mitigate membrane clogging.

Chen Vang of the Albemarle Highway 52 Water Treatment Plant was named North Carolina Certified Waterworks Operator of the Year in the surface water operator category.

The Ricky L. Miller Water Treatment Plant in the town of Boone received the Gold Star honor for the North Carolina Area Wide Optimization Award.

Tom Muth, district manager of the Fox Metro Water Reclamation District based on Oswego Township, Illinois, retired after 36 years of service.

Peter Fernandez, director of public works in Salem, Oregon, retired after 28 years with the city.

Karen Henry was named acting director of the Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Department of Public Works, replacing Chris Phipps, who retired.


March 1-3

WI Land+ Water 70th Annual Conference, Chula Vista, Wisconsin Dells. Visit www.wisconsinlandwater.org.

March 5-8

2023 WateReuse Symposium, Marriott Marquis Atlanta. Visit www.watereuse.org.

March 8

AWWA Benefits from the Application of Hydraulic Modeling for Small Water Systems, webinar. Visit www.awwa.org.

March 12-15

2023 South Carolina Environmental Conference, The Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel. Visit www.scwaters.org.

March 13-15

Nebraska Rural Water Association Annual Conference, Younes Center, Kearney. Visit www.nerwa.org.

March 14-16

Contaminants of Concern AWWA Virtual Symposium. Visit www.awwa.org.

March 15-17

Michigan Rural Water Association Annual Conference, Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City. Visit www.mrwa.net.

March 20-22

WEF Forum 2023 – Intensification of Resource Recovery, Embassy Suites by Hilton Raleigh Durham Research Triangle, Cary, North Carolina. Visit www.wef.org.

March 21-22

Nevada Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Grand Sierra Resort, Reno. Visit www.nvwea.org.

March 22-24

Montana Rural Water Association Technical Conference and Exhibition, Heritage Inn, Great Falls. Visit www.mrws.org.

March 26-28

AWWA/WEF Young Professionals Summit, SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, Sacramento, California. Visit www.awwa.org.

March 26-29

Missouri Water Environment Association 2023 Joint Annual Meeting, Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach. Visit www.mwea.org.

March 28-31

WEF/AWWA Utility Management Conference 2023, SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, Sacramento, California. Visit www.awwa.org.

March 29-30

Michigan Water Environment Association Biosolids Conference, Firekeepers Casino Hotel, Battle Creek. Visit www.mi-wea.org.

March 29-31

Texas Rural Water Association RuralWaterCon, Austin. Visit www.trwa.org.


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