RMWEA Awards Committee

Please take the time to read the following list of awards that are available through the RMWEA to recognize individuals for their contributions to the profession. If you know an individual who should receive special recognition, please complete and submit the appropriate Nomination Form.

RMWEA WEF Financial Assistance Application   Due by March 17, 2017

RMWEA Award Descriptions (Must be an RMWEA member to be eligible for an RMWEA award)

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

To be considered for RMWEA individual awards (with the exception of the Thomas Crapper and the Public Official Award), the nominee must be a member of RMWEA.  All individual awards (with the exception of the Water Hero Award) may be given to one individual in the three-state RMWEA area per year.  The actual award and the presentation of the award can be selected by the recipient as either:

PLANT OPERATION AWARD

This award is given to recognize an outstanding individual who by his/her efforts has demonstrated an excellence in the operation of municipal and/or industrial wastewater treatment to achieve high levels of plant performance and effluent quality. It also acknowledges contributions to the success of the RMWEA and effort over an extensive period of time which has positively contributed to the betterment of individuals associated with facility operation.

PLANT MAINTENANCE AWARD

This award is given to recognize an outstanding individual who by his/her efforts has demonstrated an excellence in plant maintenance programs. Criteria for this award will include: development and implementation of effective preventive and/or corrective maintenance programs; significant reductions in equipment downtime, or significant improvements in process reliability which result from maintenance program improvements; development of effective maintenance records or management information systems; and significant improvements in maintenance personnel skills as a result of effective training programs.

GOLDEN MANHOLE AWARD

This award acknowledges an outstanding individual who by his/her efforts has demonstrated an aggressive and efficient design, management, construction, evaluation, training, or operation and maintenance program for a collection system. It also acknowledges contributions to the success of the RMWEA and effort over an extensive period of time which has positively contributed to the betterment of individuals associated with collection systems.

OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD

This is a special/prestigious award to recognize an individual who has and continues to provide significant contributions to the RMWEA. The recipient will have given outstanding service to the RMWEA over the longevity of their membership.

THOMAS CRAPPER AWARD

The Crapper award is to recognize an individual that may or may not be an RMWEA member but goes out of their way to be helpful and make RMWEA successful. For this award, the nominee does not need to be a member of RMWEA.

PUBLIC OFFICIAL AWARD

The Public Official Award is presented to an elected or appointed public official that has made a documented significant contribution in the areas of clean water legislation, public policy, government service or another area of public prominence that resulted in improvements to the water environment. The award can be presented for public service at local, state or federal level. For this award, the nominee does not need to be a member of RMWEA.

WATER HERO AWARD

The Water Hero Award is to acknowledge an individual (or a group of individuals) who performed duties above and beyond the usual call of duty during an emergency situation to continue to protect the public and the environment. These duties shall elevate the status of the wastewater industry. This award can be given out at any time and is not limited in number.

WATER RESOURCE RECOVERY FACILITY AWARDS

To be considered for RMWEA facility awards, at least one person at the facility must be a member of RMWEA. One award may be made annually to a selected facility from the RMWEA three-state area (Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming). The actual award and the presentation of the award can be selected by the recipient as either:

PLANT PERFORMANCE AWARD

This award will be presented to the water resource recovery facility to recognize outstanding efforts in plant operations, maintenance, or public relations, which occurred because of the concerted efforts of all personnel associated with plant management and operations.

BIOSOLIDS MANAGEMENT AWARD

This award will be presented to the water resource recovery facility to recognize outstanding efforts in biosolids management practices. Criteria for this award may include: proper biosolids treatment operations; development of a sound biosolids disposal program; development of an effective biosolids disposal monitoring program; research and development of alternative treatment or disposal options; public relations; and outstanding supervision of biosolids management practices. (Proposed change from one award per state to one award from three-state area.)

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

This award will be presented to a water resource recovery facility that embraces the principles of sustainability. The award is intended to recognize systems thinking, design practices, management practices, and infrastructure systems that not only sustain the utility, but society as well.

COMPANY AWARDS

One award may be made annually to a selected company from the RMWEA three-state area (Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming).  The actual award and the presentation of the award can be selected by the recipient as either:

FRIENDS OF RMWEA

This award is given to a municipality, a vendor, and an engineering firm to recognize the company for their valuable support leading to the success of RMWEA.

JOINT RMSAWWA/RMWEA AWARDS (Must be a member of RMSAWWA or RMWEA to be eligible.)

RMSAWWA / RMWEA OUTSTANSING YOUNG PROFESSIONAL

This award recognizes a young professional for their efforts in promoting the water / wastewater industry, advocating the transfer of knowledge from more experienced professionals to young professionals, and supporting the missions of the RMSAWWA/RMWEA.

 

WALTER A. WEERS JOINT SERVICE AWARD

Presented to individuals who have demonstrated continued, long-term dedication and service to the members of RMSAWWA and RMWEA.

RMSAWWA/RMWEA VOLUNTEER EXCELLENCE AWARD

Presented to individuals in recognition of service to RMSAWWA and RMWEA

WEF Award Descriptions (Must be a WEF member to be eligible)

Bedell Award

The Bedell Award was established to acknowledge extraordinary personal service to a WEF Member Association. The award is named for Arthur Sidney Bedell, WEF's second president for his long devotion and service to the New York Sewage and Industrial Wastes Association, now the New York Water Environment Association. He was Chief of the Bureau of Sewage and Waste Disposal of the New York State Department of Health.

Criteria to be eligible include:

  1. Member of the Water Environment Federation.

  2. Organizational leadership, administrative service, membership activity, stimulation of technical functions, or similar participation.

Burke Award

Recognizes a municipal or industrial wastewater facility for establishing and maintaining an active and effective safety program. This award was established in 1982 in honor of George W. Burke, Jr., for his many years of service to both the water environment field and WEF as staff manager of technical services. Mr. Burke was instrumental in developing WEF's annual safety survey and assisting in the production of several safety training aids and promotional packets. The purpose of this award is to encourage an active and effective safety program in municipal and industrial wastewater facilities.

Criteria to be eligible include:

Hatfield Award

The Hatfield Award is presented to operators of wastewater treatment plants for outstanding performance and professionalism. The award was established in honor of Dr. William D. Hatfield, Superintendent of the Decatur, Illinois Sanitary District, who was President of the Central States Sewage Works Association in 1944-45 and served as President of the Federation in 1958-59.

Criteria to be eligible include:

  1. Member of the Water Environment Federation.
  2. Documentation of a successful system of reports from the operator to his or her superiors that fulfill the information requirements and provide the operator with a forum for suggestions for improvements.
  3. Use of a good public relations program.
  4. The nominee should have contributed to the dissemination of information concerning advancements in the field.

Laboratory Analyst Award

Recognizes individuals for outstanding performance, professionalism and contributions to the water quality analysis profession.

Criteria to be eligible include:

  1. Member of the Water Environment Federation.
  2. Candidate must be employed at an educational facility laboratory, industrial, commercial, or municipal laboratory which performs wastewater-related analysis, and must have direct analytical responsibilities.
  3. Candidates are eligible for this award only once.
  4. Qualifying criteria may include: