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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.

The Best in the Business!

The nominations came in, the panels convened, and deliberations were duly made. On May 23, 2019, at GMWEA’s annual Spring Member Meeting and Conference, 10 awards were presented to individuals and facilities for their exceptional service in water quality fields in 2018 — or, in one case, a lifetime.

We congratulate the awardees and thank them for their commitment to protecting public health and Vermont’s beautiful environment!

Ashleigh Belrose, above, operator at South Burlington’s Airport Parkway WRRF, won the Bob Wood Young Professionals Award, given to a young professional operator or engineer (30 or under) who has achieved notable contributions to the water environment, water or wastewater operations, and/or to GMWEA.

Rod Munroe, lab director, City of Rutland Wastewater, received the Andrew D. Fish Laboratory Excellence Award, presented for outstanding activity in laboratory performance at work, community service, education, committee participation, or other outstanding contribution.

Chelsea Mandigo, stormwater coordinator/operator, Village of Essex Junction, won the Stormwater Award, presented for outstanding performance in stormwater management and/or education, and significant contribution to the stormwater field.​

Peter Krolczyk, operator, Town of Waterbury, was presented with the Operator Excellence – Wastewater award, given for outstanding performance in system maintenance, protecting public health, and achievement beyond normal responsibilities.

John Tymecki, operator, Champlain Water District, won the Michael J. Garofano Water Operator of the Year Award, presented for outstanding performance in system maintenance, protecting public health, and achievement beyond normal responsibilities.

(Above) The Town Of Ludlow WWTF won the Facility Excellence Award, Wastewater, given annually for outstanding facilities exceeding system operation requirements. Recognition is for the entire facility and staff.

Jim Fay, general manager (retiring!) of Champlain Water District, was presented with GMWEA’s prestigious Founder’s Award, given to individuals for significant contributions to the water quality professions and GMWEA during a lifetime of service.

Chris Cox, chief operator at Montpelier WRRF, received the 2019 President’s Award, presented to water quality professionals demonstrating exceptional achievement in their fields and service on behalf of Green Mountain Water Environment Association’s mission.

Kevin Corliss, operator at Drew’s All Naturals, LLC, in Chester, received the Outstanding Industrial Operator Award, presented for significant accomplishments in operation, problem solving, crisis management, training, or understanding of industrial wastewater issues.

Global Foundries WWTF, Essex Junction, received the Outstanding Industrial Facility Award, given for demonstrated commitment to clean water and pollution prevention, including implementation of water or wastewater treatment changes to address problems common to similar industries.

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