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GMWEA Awards Season Begins!

It’s time to nominate your colleagues for GMWEA’s annual water quality Service Excellence Awards. We’re looking for individuals, facilities, and companies who demonstrated exceptional expertise and commitment in the water quality field in 2020 – let’s give credit where credit is due!

In the spirit of the moment, we’ve been playing with images of “awards.”  No, our awards don’t look like the ones in this post, but . . . hey, one day, who knows? 

GMWEA’s awards actually come as handsome, walnut-backed, engraved plaques.  We also put out press releases statewide and – when pandemics allow – put on some pomp and ceremony at our annual Spring Conference at Killington.  This year, due to COVID-19, they’ll be hand-delivered.  

In any case, winning one of GMWEA’s ten awards probably does not hurt the winners’ careers or their sense of, “Yeah, I did do the thing as best I could – thanks!” So — nominate!

Who did the job with exceptional know-how and devotion in 2020?  Who provided a role model others should take note of?  Who paid some hard dues in 2020 and stood up to it?  Please take a moment to visit our website’s awards page, read about the awards, and make a nomination using the online form, e-mail, or hard-copy via U.S. mail! 

The deadline to nominate is April 9, 2021.  You must be a GMWEA member to nominate, and only GMWEA members are eligible to win.  (If you haven’t yet renewed or signed up for 2021, please do!  You can renew/enroll and pay online — $45 for the year — at www.gmwea.org or by U.S. mail.)

The award categories are below.  It’s a great way to honor a colleague or worthy company/organization, and to let the world know about the good work water quality professionals do 24/7/365!

Michael J. Garofano Water Operator of the Year Award for outstanding performance in system maintenance, protecting public health, and achievement beyond normal responsibilities. 

Operator Excellence – Wastewater for outstanding performance in system maintenance, protecting public health, and achievement beyond normal responsibilities.

Facility Excellence – Water for outstanding facilities exceeding system operation requirements. Recognition is for the entire facility and staff.

Facility Excellence – Wastewater for outstanding facilities exceeding system operation requirements. Recognition is for the entire facility and staff.

Andrew D. Fish Laboratory Excellence for outstanding activity in laboratory performance at work, community service, education, committee participation, or other outstanding contribution.

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

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.

Bob Wood Young Professionals Award for achievements of a young professional operator, engineer, or student who has achieved notable contributions to the water environment, water, wastewater, or stormwater operations, and/or to GMWEA. (Must be 30 or under).

Stormwater Award  for outstanding performance in stormwater management and/or education and significant contribution to the stormwater field. Recognition is for an individual, company, or facility.

Elizabeth Walker Meritorious Service Award for outstanding contributions to the water quality field and/or to GMWEA.

To nominate, visit the awards page on our website: CLICK HERE.