WEF Awards Recognize Contributions to the Water Environment

October 30, 2017


The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) introduces the recipients of the 2017 WEF Awards. These annual honors recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the water environment profession.

“The Water Environment Federation is extremely proud to honor the incredible contributions of these individuals and organizations in protecting one of the world’s most valuable resources and contributing to their communities,” said Eileen O’Neill, WEF executive director.

Individual Service and Contribution Awards

Camp Applied Research Award

Michael Stenstrom

Michael Stenstrom, Camp Applied Research Award

Emerson Distinguished Service Medal

Karen PallanschKaren Pallansch, Emerson Distinguished Service Medal

Outstanding Young Water Environment Professional Award

Michelle Hatcher

Michelle Hatcher Headshot (OYP Award)

Wesley Eckenfelder Industrial Water Quality Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Al Goodman

Al Goodman (Eckenfelder Award)

  • Enos Loy Stover

Enos Stover (Eckenfelder Award)-1

Water Heroes Award

  • City of Dallas Water Utilities Central Wastewater Treatment Plant

City of Dallas (Water Heroes)

  • Renewable Water Resources (Greenville, S.C.)

ReWa Logo (Water Heroes 3)

  • Steven Stire and Doug Nielsen, Suncor Firebag Facility (Alberta, Canada)
Steven Stire, Water Heroes

Steven Stire

Doug Nielsen, Water Heroes

Doug Nielsen

Education Awards

WEF Canham Graduate Studies Scholarship

Sneha Shanbhag, Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh)

Sneha Shanbhag (Canham Scholarship)

Fair Distinguished Engineering Educator Medal

Spyros Pavlostathis, Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)

Spyros Pavlostathis, Fair Medal

Media and Public Education Medal

Elizabeth Brackett

Elizabeth Brackeet, Media and Public Education

Public Communication and Outreach Program Awards

Individual Category
Robert Bates Robert Bates, Public Communication and Outreach Award - Individual)
Member Association Category
Water Environment Association of TexasWEAT, Public Communication and Outreach Award - Member Association
Other Category
Water Replenishment District of Southern California (Lakewood)Water Replenishment District of SoCal, Public Communication and Outreach Award - Other

 Operational and Design Excellence Awards

Collection Systems Award

Keith McCormack

Keith McCormack, Collection Systems Award

Innovative Technology

  • Wipes Ready® Grinders, JWC Environmental (Santa Ana, Calif.)

JWC Environmental (Innovative Technology)

  • Aqua Assist, Drylet LLC (Houston)

Drylet Logo (Innovative Technology)

  • HydroFLOW I Range Products (powered by Hydropath technology), HydroFLOW USA LLC (Redmond, Wash.)

HydroFLOW USA (Innovative Technology)

Morgan Operational Solutions Award

Peter M. Brown, TransAqua (Riverview, New Brunswick, Canada), sewage boat solution

Peter Brown, Morgan Award

Peter Brown

Schroepfer Innovative Facility Design Medal

Completion of the Calumet Tunnel and Reservoir Plan, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

MWRD (Water Quality Improvement Award)


Water Quality Improvement Award

Completion of the Calumet Tunnel and Reservoir Plan, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater ChicagoMWRD (Water Quality Improvement Award)


WEF Project Excellence Award

Alexandria (Va.) Renew Enterprises State-of-the-Art Nitrogen Upgrade Program (SANUP)

Owner: Alexandria (Va.) Renew Enterprises

Designer: CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.)

Construction Manager: Jacobs Engineering (Dallas)

Construction Manager at Risk: Clark Construction (Bethesda, Md.) – Ulliman Schutte (Miamisburg, Ohio) joint-ventureAlex Renew Enterprises, WEF Project Excellence

WEF Project Excellence Award

MWRDGC Stickney Water Reclamation Plant Nutrient Recovery Facility

Owner: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Design/Builder: Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.)

Technology Provider: Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)MWRDGC Stickney Water Reclamation (WEF Project Excellence)

WEF Project Excellence Award

Riverhead, N.Y. Water Resource Recovery Facility Upgrade and Reuse Program

Owner: Town of Riverhead, N.Y., Riverhead Sewer District

Designer: H2M Architects + Engineers (Melville, N.Y.)Town of Riverhead and H2M (WEF Project Excellence)

WEF Safety Award

Linden Water Resource Recovery FacilityDCIM100MEDIADJI_0049.JPG

Published Papers

Eddy Wastewater Principles/Processes Medal

“Investigations into Improving Dewaterability at a Bio-P/Anaerobic Digestion Plant,” Rebecca Alm, Adam W. Sealock, Yabing Nollet, and George Sprouce, Water Environment Research, November 2016, v. 88, no. 11, pp. 2082-2093 Eddy Medal Team Photo

Gascoigne Wastewater Treatment Plant Operational Improvement Medal

“Activated Sludge Sleuthing,” Tom Fitzwilliams, Matthew Castillo, and Trevor Ghylin, Water Environment & Technology, July 2016, v. 28, no. 7, pp. 37

Tom Fitzwilliams, Gascoigne Medal

Tom Fitzwilliams

Matt Castillo, Gascoigne Medal

Matthew Castillo

Trevor Ghylin, Gascoigne Medal

Trevor Ghylin

McKee Groundwater Protection, Restoration, or Sustainable Use Award

“Biodegradability of Nonionic Surfactant Used in the Remediation of Groundwaters Polluted with PCE,” Luz Breton-Deval, Elvira Rios-Leal, Hector M. Poggi-Varaldo, and Teresa Ponce-Noyola, Water Environment Research, 2016, v. 88, no. 11, pp. 2159-2168

Luz Breton Deval

Luz Breton-Deval

Elvira Rios Leal

Elvira Rios-Leal

Hector Poggi Varaldo

Hector Poggi-Varaldo


Rudolfs Industrial Waste Management Medal

“Forward Osmosis Desalination in Upstream Oil and Gas: Impacts of Produced Water Exposure on Membrane Physiochemical Properties and Contaminant Transport,” Bryan Coday, Julia Regenery, Elizabeth Bell, Taylor Poynor, Ruby Maltos, Shalom Fox, and Tzahi Cath, Proceedings of WEFTEC 2016

Bryan Coday

Bryan Coday

Julia Regenery

Julia Regenery

Taylor Poynor

Taylor Poynor

Rudy Maltos

Rudy Maltos

Shalom Fox

Shalom Fox

Tzahi Cath

Tzahi Cath


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