The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces the 2018 WEF Awards recipients for individual service and contributions. These prestigious awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the sustainability of water resources and made a profound impact on the future of the water 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.
The 2018 recipients for Individual Service and Contribution Awards and Organization and Association Recognition Awards are:
Public Officials Award: Governor Brian Sandoval
The Public Officials Award is presented to an elected or appointed public official that has made a documented, significant contribution in the areas of clean water legislation, public policy, government service, or another area of public prominence that resulted in improvements to the water environment. The award can be presented for public service at the local, state or federal level, and this year goes to Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada. As governor, Sandoval formed a Storm Water Division within the Nevada Department of Transportation to protect water resources. As chair of the Western Governors Association, he convened the 2015 Drought Forum to address existing and future drought conditions. Gov. Sandoval also led the development of indirect potable reuse regulations, clearing the path for water resource recovery plants to demonstrate and implement indirect resource recovery in Nevada. Gov. Sandoval has championed efforts to protect, preserve, and grow water resources and water quality in Nevada and the western U.S. He has also brought water and water issues to the attention of the people, policy makers, and politicians throughout the country with his leadership.
Outstanding Young Water Environment Professional Award: Ryan LeBlanc
This award recognizes the contributions of young water environment professionals for significant contributions to WEF and to the wastewater collection and treatment industry. The 2018 recipient, Ryan LeBlanc, is an active member of the North Carolina American Water Works Association/Water Environment Association and has consistently provided value and hard work. He served as vice chair or chair of the Students and Young Professionals Committee for five years and was instrumental in starting the Student Design Competition in North Carolina. LeBlanc was also part of the Annual Program Committee and served on the association’s Board of Trustees.
Outstanding Member Association Award: Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association
The Member Association (MA) Awards were established to recognize outstanding Member Associations and MAs that excel in areas of membership retention, financial strength, new memberships, scholarship programs, student achievement and support, technology transfers, and/or award programs. The Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) has shown outstanding growth in conference attendance and membership and is a creative, forward-looking WEF Member Association. Their onboarding programs to drive new membership and new member involvement have resulted in steady increases in both membership and annual conference attendance. This MA has developed several new programs for students and young professionals in recent years, including a popular summit, an adopt-a-school program to support water science education, and a strong and growing scholarship fund. PNCWA is actively working to increase the diversity of its membership and leadership, and has also developed a strong financial position. WEF is honored to recognize the PNCWA Member Association for its achievements in developing a growing, energized and diverse membership of clean water professionals in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
Water Heroes Award
The purpose of the Water Heroes program is to recognize individuals or municipalities who performed duties above and beyond the usual call of duty during an emergency situation to continue to protect the public and the environment. These duties shall elevate the status of the wastewater industry. This year’s awardees are:
The awards will be presented during WEFTEC® 2018, the Federation’s 91st Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, September 29 to October 3 in New Orleans. For more information about the WEF Awards, visit https://www.wef.org/awards.
The Water Environment Federation is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 34,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. Since 1928, WEF and its members have protected public health and the environment. As a global water sector leader, our mission is to connect water professionals, enrich the expertise of water professionals, increase the awareness of the impact and value of water, and provide a platform for water sector innovation. For more information, visit www.wef.org.
SOURCE: The Water Environment Federation (WEF)