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Awards:

Stockholm Junior Water Prize

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is the most prestigious award in the world for a water-related science project at at the high school level.

High quality water free of contaminates, that is fit for human consumption and use, which will meet the needs of a rapidly expanding world population, is a top priority in today's society. Being able to determine if water is suitable for consumption and use by people is essential. The various devices and methods currently available to determine if water meets the standards for use in daily needs are somewhat costly, not necessarily timely, and sometimes require sophisticated knowledge and equipment.

CRITERIA:
- Must be a member of the Water Environment Federation.
- Organizational leadership, administrative service, membership activity, stimulation of technical functions, or similar participation.
- Submit a one-page biography of your selection, and why Nominee is being considered for this award.

2011 YEAR IN REVIEW (.pdf)


Arthur Sidney Bedell Award

Established to acknowledge extraordinary personal service to a member Association.

The award is named for Arthur Sidney Bedell, the second president of the Federation who exemplified its purpose by his long devotion and service to the New York Water Pollution Control Association, the Bureau of Sewage and Waste Disposal of the New York State Department of Health. The award consists of a plaque suitably inscribed with the recipient’s name and presented by a Federation representative at the Member Association annual meeting.

CRITERIA:
- Must be a member of the Water Environment Federation.
- Organizational leadership, administrative service, membership activity, stimulation of technical functions, or similar participation.
- Submit a one-page biography of your selection, and why Nominee is being considered for this award.

NOMINATION FORM (.pdf)


George W. Burke, Jr. Award

Established to encourage an active and effective safety program in municipal and industrial facilities.

This award was established in 1982 in honor of George W. Burke, Jr., for his many years of service to both the water environment field and the Federation as staff manager of technical services. Mr. Burke was instrumental in developing the Federation’s annual safety survey and assisting in the production of several safety aids and promotional packets.

CRITERIA:
- The documented and illustrated safety program and safety record of the facility for the preceding calendar year are the primary criteria for the award. Most include but not limited to the following categories: Plant Safety, Vehicle Safety, Collection System Safety, Confined Entry Safety, Electrical Safety.
- The procedures on safety for ongoing training programs to keep all employees up to date and current on implemented safety programs.
- Contributions that have been beneficial to your facility.
- Unusual initiative or performance “beyond the call of duty.”

NOMINATION FORM (.pdf)


William D. Hatfield Award

Presented to operators of wastewater treatment plants for outstanding performance and professionalism. The award was established in honor of Dr. William D. Hatfield, Superintendent of the Decator, Illinois Sanitary District, who was President of the Central States Sewage Works Association in 1944 – 45 and served as President of the Federation in 1958 – 59. The award consists of a plaque suitably inscribed with the recipient’s name and is presented by the Federation representative at the Member Association annual meeting.

CRITERIA:
- Must be a member of the Water Environment Federation.
- A successful system of reports from the operator to his or her superiors that fulfill the information requirements and provide the operator with a forum for suggestions for improvements.
- Use of good public relations program.
- The nominee should have contributed to the dissemination of information concerning advancements in the field.

NOMINATION FORM (.pdf)


Wilson/Wellman Collection System Operator of the Year Award

In Memory of Brian Wilson and Tim Wellman who gave their lives while working at the collection system of Northern Wayne PSD. This award will be presented to an individual for contributions to the advancement of the “State of the Art” in Wastewater Collection. The award consists of a plaque suitably inscribed with the recipient’s name; “For his outstanding dedication as a Collection System Operator.”

Candidates may be nominated by anyone who wishes to recognize the significant efforts by collection system operators of any facility in West Virginia. A committee of association members and/or other professionals evaluates each candidate. Evaluations are based on the performance and compliance of the collection system they operate, their contributions to the wastewater field, and their service to the community. Nominees must be full time employees from a wastewater facility.

CRITERIA:
- Nominee must be full time employee of a WV Wastewater Collection System.
- The nominee’s area of service must have been in the areas of Operations and Maintenance.
- Nominee must have made efforts to economize collection system operations.
- He must have shown innovative approaches to Wastewater Collections in Operations and Maintenance.
- Must present an outline of his Procedures for Confined Entry Spaces and Equipment.

NOMINATION FORM (.pdf)


Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award

The Board of directors established this award in 1993 to recognize individuals for outstanding performance, professionalism, and contributions to the water quality analysis profession. The award consists of a plaque suitably inscribed with the recipient’s name and is presented by a Federation representative at the Member Association Annual Meeting.

CRITERIA:
- Must be a member of the Water Environment Federation.
- Must be employed at an educational facility laboratory, industrial, commercial, or municipal laboratories, which perform wastewater-related analysis, and must have direct analytical responsibilities.
- Candidates are eligible for this award only once.

NOMINATION FORM (.pdf)


Operator of the Year Nomination

Each year the Association recognizes outstanding operators of wastewater systems.

Candidates may be nominated by anyone who wishes to recognize the significant efforts by operators of any facility in West Virginia. A committee of association members and or other professionals evaluates each candidate. Evaluations are based on the performance and compliance of facilities they operate, their contributions to the wastewater field, and their service to the community; Nominees must be certified operators from a wastewater facility. Presentations of the awards are made at the Association’s Annual Conference in May.

CRITERIA:
A. Nominee must be certified. List the following:
- Personal advancement in training certification.
- Special contributions to the field.
- Special contributions to the community.
B. Plant need not be in full compliance. However, efforts to improve must be demonstrated.
- Efforts to economize plant operations.
- Innovative approaches to treatment.
- Improved water quality or effluent.
- Advancement in treatment technology.

NOMINATION FORM (.pdf)


Scholarships:

Due to the efforts of Danny Vance the scholarship fund has been growing while at the same time the amount of the annual scholarship has increased from $1,000 to $1,200 per recipient.  There are two scholarships awarded each year.  One is given to a graduating high school senior, and the other to an under graduate college student.  The scholarship is not restricted.  The scholarship can be used for books, fees, tuition, or room and board.  Applications and details can be obtained from the Scholarship Committee Chairperson.  The competition is high and the committee works hard to sort through the applications.  Check it out and start working now to put together your application.  Remember only children of active members are eligible for the scholarship.

NOMINATION FORM - High School Graduate (.pdf)

NOMINATION FORM - College Undergraduate (.pdf)