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It’s Awards Season at GMWEA!

Almost, anyway.  Our annual service excellence awards won’t be presented until our Spring Meeting & Training Conference on May 21, 2020, at Killington Grand Hotel.  But it’s time for people to nominate candidates. 

Who delivered exceptional service in 2019? 

We believe water quality professionals should be honored for their expertise and commitment.  Most of our members are public servants, good at it and proud of it – but their work is usually “out of sight, out of mind.”  Water flows from taps, toilets flush, but most Vermonters aren’t aware of the massive infrastructure and dedicated professionals behind the scenes, delivering these essential services 24/7/365.

GMWEA’s annual awards are one way to show appreciation where it’s due.  With the new year here, we invite members to tell us about individuals, facilities, or companies they feel did an exemplary job at drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater management in 2019. 

It’s easy to make a nomination: Just go to our Awards website page and fill out the e-mail form. 

Nine awards are offered in various categories:     

Bob Wood Young Professional: For notable contributions to the water environment, water or wastewater operations, or GMWEA by a young operator, engineer, or academic student (must be 30 or under).

Ashliegh Belrose, South Burlington WRRF, receives the 2018 Bob Wood Young Professional Award from GMWEA President Tom DiPietro

Water Facility Excellence: For outstanding facilities exceeding system operation requirements (given to entire facility and staff).

Wastewater Facility Excellence: For outstanding facilities exceeding system operation requirements (given to entire facility and staff).

Town of Ludlow WWTF team receives the 2018 Wastewater Facility Excellence Award

Andrew D. Fish Laboratory Excellence: For outstanding activity in laboratory performance at work, community service, education, committee participation, or other contribution (individual).

Rod Munroe receives the 2018 Andrew Fish Laboratory Excellence Award

Michael J. Garofano Water Operator Excellence: For outstanding performance in system maintenance, protecting public health, and achievement beyond normal responsibilities  (individual).

Wastewater Operator Excellence: For outstanding performance in system maintenance, protecting public health, and achievement beyond normal responsibilities (individual).

Outstanding Industrial Facility: For demonstrated commitment to clean water and pollution prevention, including implementation of water or wastewater treatment changes to address problems common to similar industries.

Outstanding Industrial Operator: For significant accomplishment in operation, problem solving, crisis management, training, or understanding of industrial wastewater  issues.

Stormwater (Individual or Organization): For outstanding performance in stormwater management and/or education, or other significant contribution to the stormwater field.

Chelsea Mandigo, stormwater coordinator, Essex Junction, receives GMWEA’s 2018 Stormwater Award

We want to hear from you! For more information on the awards, visit www.gmwea.org, or call executive director Daniel Hecht at (802) 595-0997.