NYWEA Awards and Honors

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NYWEA members are eligible to receive special recognition for professional achievements in the field of water quality and for individual service to the Association on a local, state or national level. Awards are presented at the annual meeting each year, or at local chapter throughout the year. Please note the Water Environment Federation also has an awards program. For more information visit wef.org.

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Awards listing

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  • A. Municipal and Industrial Achievement Awards

    • 1. Industrial Achievement Award

      This award recognizes those industries that have made a corporate commitment to providing the necessary resources and to establish managerial responsibility for effective environmental management at company facilities. This award recognizes an industry’s commitment of financial, technical, and management resources to meet water quality goals, and has made this objective a responsibility at all management levels. It includes all environmental areas (i.e., storm water, wastewater, solid waste, toxics and air pollution).

    • 2. Municipal Achievement Award

      This award recognizes those municipalities that have made a major contribution to effective environmental management by instituting programs to protect and enhance environmental conditions, particularly of the water environment, by providing the proper institutional setting to allow and guarantee responsible management and oversight, by professional management and by providing adequate financial support. This is not a wastewater facility award; it includes all activities at facilities impacting on the water environment (i.e., stormwater, wastewater, run-off, solid waste, toxics, air pollution, et. al).

  • B. Elected Official Awards

    • 1. Nelson A. Rockefeller Award

      Awarded to an elected official at a City (population over 250,000), State or National level who has made a substantial and meaningful contribution to advancing effective environmental programs.

    • 2. Frank E. Van Lare Award

      Awarded to a locally elected official at the County, City, Town or Village level who has made a substantial and meaningful contribution to advancing effective water quality environment programs.

  • C. Beneficial Use of Biosolids Award

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    • 1. Beneficial Use of Biosolids Award

      Recognizes significant contributions in the development and implementation of cost-effective, environmentally safe, and publicly acceptable biosolids beneficial use practices which recycle nutrients, improve soil conditions, or otherwise conserve valuable natural resources.

  • D. Technical Papers Awards

    • 1. Kenneth Allen Memorial Award

      This award is given annually for papers or presentations describing work of a research or engineering nature. This award can have multiple co-authors.

    • 2. Linn H. Enslow Memorial Award

      This award is given annually for papers or presentations describing work of a research or engineering nature.

    • 3. Charles Agar Memorial Award

      The award is given annually to a member for papers and/or presentations concerning wastewater management, which is not of a research and engineering nature, but rather deals with public education or general water quality.

    • 4. Lewis Van Carpenter Memorial Award

      This award recognizes papers and/or presentations describing operations work in the field of wastewater treatment. The paper must be authored by operations personnel.

  • E. Safety Awards

    • 1. Alfred J. Schmidt Wastewater Treatment Facility Safety Award

      This award recognizes outstanding safety activities, programs and accomplishments at a wastewater treatment facility.

    • 2. Collection Systems Safety Award

      This award recognizes outstanding safety activities, programs, and accomplishments in the field of wastewater collection systems.

    • 3. Ernest R. Carroll Safety Award

      Awarded to a member of the Association for “significant contributions in the field of safety”.

  • F. Environmental Science and Management Awards

    • 1. Emmeline Moore Award

      Awarded to an Association Member who has made a significant impact in the area of water quality management, environmental engineering and/or water and sewer infrastructure development.

    • 2. Environmental Engineer Award

      Awarded to an Association Member working in consulting or government position who has made a significant impact in the area of environmental engineering and management.

    • 3. Environmental Science Award

      Recognizes an individual for their significant contribution to the field of environmental science in the water environment field.

    • 4. Sustainability Award

      This award honors an organization that has instituted policies and practices recognizing the need for long term preservation of assets, human capital, and natural resources while satisfying present day needs, societal goals and its environmental mandate. Honorees will demonstrate success in developing a culture that encourages and rewards ‘triple bottom-line’ decision making at all levels and departments of the organization.

  • G. Wastewater Facility Operations Awards

    • 1. Uhl T. Mann Award

      These awards are given to individuals by the Association for excellence in treatment plant operations and maintenance. There are five (5) awards based on plant flows: 1. 0.0 - 0.5 mgd 2. 0.6 - 1.0 mgd 3. 1.1 - 10.0 mgd 4. 10.1 - 50.0 mgd 5. >50 mgd

    • 2. Milton T. Hill Award

      This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the education and training of wastewater utility personnel. The award will be given to an individual who provides training opportunities or in some other way advances the cause of water pollution personnel.

    • 3. Collection System Operation & Maintenance Award

      Recognizes a municipal or public authority wastewater collection system.

    • 4. Collection System Operator Award

      Recognizes an individual for an outstanding contribution to the evaluation, rehabilitation, design, or construction of collection facilities.

    • 5. Golden Manhole Society Award
  • H. Public Education Award

    • 1. Public Education Award

      The Public Education Award recognizes Association Members for significant accomplishments in prompting awareness and understanding of water environment issues among the members and general public through the development and implementation of public education programs. The award consists of a plaque inscribed with the recipient's name. Categories: There are two categories of awards: Individual and Organizations. 1. Individual—Recognizes an individual Association Member who has made a significant contribution to the public education effort, promoting awareness and understanding of water environment issues through the development and implementation of public education programs. 2. Organizations—Recognizes organizations, firms, group of individuals, events, campaigns, or other persons or efforts that make a significant contribution to the public education effort.

  • I. Association Service Awards

    • 1. John Chester Brigham Award

      Awarded to an Association Member who has shown leadership in Association activities, including committee service, member recruitment, conference organization, or performed some other outstanding service for the association.

    • 2. Outstanding Student Service Award

      Awarded to an Association Student Member who has shown exceptional leadership and/or involvement in the promotion of NYWEA activates in their High School, NYWEA Student Chapter, Professional Chapter, Association, and/or Federation.

    • 3. Jane Ork Award

      Named after long time active member Jane Ork, Vice Chair of the NYWEA Government Affirs Committee who died suddenly in June 2007, while still a co-chair of the committee. Awarded to a member who has made substantial and meaningful contributions to help further the mission of the Government Affairs Committee and to advance the recognition and efforts of the New York Water Environment Association in the State Legislature (Senate and Assembly) and among regulatory agencies such as NYSDEC and USEPA.

    • 4. Robert M. MacCrea Award

      Awarded to a sales representative who has made a significant contribution to the Association. Awarded as merit dictates.

    • 5. Association Student Chapter Service Award

      Awarded to an Association Student Member who has shown leadership and involvement in a NYWEA Student Chapter. Special emphasis is placed on those students who help to increase activity in the Student Chapters and insure that younger students are getting involved to carry on the activities of the Student Chapter.

    • 6. Young Professionals Service Award

      Awarded to an Association Member 35 years of age or younger who has shown leadership and involvement in Association activities. The candidate will have advanced the Young Professionals Committee mission statement: “To foster participation in NYWEA and increase opportunities for young professionals in the water environment industry by developing interesting programs that provide a forum for networking, continuing education, professional growth, development of leadership skills, and access to the professional community.”