On Friday, January 20th, 2017, CWEA San Francisco Bay Section held their 67th Annual Awards Banquet at the Hilton Concord Hotel. Over 145 CWEA members were in attendance. “This is the largest awards banquet we have had in the past decade,” said Ed O’Brien, 2017 Board of Directors President.
Awardee’s recognized in the CWEA Individual and Agency award categories will move on to compete at the State level and they will be announced at the 2017 CWEA Annual Conference, April 25-28th, 2017 in Palm Springs. Register today!
Congratulations to everyone who won! Thank you for your continued efforts towards CWEA: San Francisco Bay Section. Big thanks goes to Kathryn Gies, Outgoing SFBS Treasurer for announcing all the awards, and to Phill Scott, CWEA Past President and Arvind Akela, Outgoing SFBS President for the presentation of all awards.
First and foremost, thank you to everyone that submitted nominations for awards. We know the applications take time to complete and appreciate your efforts. Secondly, to our wonderful event sponsors.
There are a few San Francisco Bay Section specific awards that were given to three people who have greatly contributed to the section. These awards are the Al Ditman Professional Development Award, the Andy Stamatelos Service Award, and the Special Service Award. The descriptions about each award are listed below, as well as the winners and the organizations they work for.
Al Ditman Professional Development Award
Recognizes an individual who has greatly contributed to the professional development of the San Francisco Bay Section members.
Andy Stamatelos Service Award
Recognizes an individual’s outstanding Service to the San Francisco Bay Section.
Alison Boren – City of Benicia
Special Service Award
Recognizes individual’s long-term dedication and special service to the San Francisco Bay Section.
Rick Orta – City of San Leandro
The next section is for Individual Awards. There were three individual award winners, listed below.
Outstanding Young Professional of the Year
Recognizes an individual who demonstrates excellence in the water environment field and are under 35 years of age.
Thomas Johnson – WECO Industries
Community Engagement & Outreach Person of the Year
Recognizes an individual who make significant personal contributions to the water environment education of the public.
Angela Lowrey – Delta Diablo
Supervisor of the Year
Recognizes an individual who shows exemplary organizational and personal skills, successful mentoring of subordinates, professional development and effective communications between staff and management.
Lenny Rather – Oro Loma Sanitary District
The remaining 5 categories had zero nominations, something to work on for next year! Empty categories are: Collection System Person of the Year, Electrical/Instrumentation Person of the Year, Laboratory Person of the Year, Mechanical Technician of the Year, and Operator of the Year.
In the Agency Awards section, there were 7 winners – a couple of them won multiple categories. Below is a list of all categories, a note about their description and section winners. Some categories were divided into Small, Medium and Large, based upon their size (pipe length in miles, millions of gallons served, budget size, etc).
Engineering Achievement of the Year
Recognizes outstanding achievements in an engineering project by individuals, agencies and/or companies.
City of Hayward & Carollo Engineers – Cogeneration Facility Project
Research Achievement of the Year
Recognizes outstanding engineering research achievements by individuals, agencies, and/or companies.
San Francisco Public Utilitis Commission – Thermal Hydrolysis Process and Annamox Project
Community Engagement and Outreach – Newsletter of the Year
Awarded to agency newsletters reaching a broad public audience. Nominees are evaluated on their broad applicability and creative use of resources.
Ironhouse Sanitary District
Community Engagement and Outreach – Project of the Year
Awarded to individual projects (not entire programs) reaching a broad public audience. Nominees are evaluated on their broad applicability and creative use of resources.
Large Budget: Central Contra Costa Sanitary District
Small Budget: Ironhouse Sanitary District
Collection System of the Year
Nominated Agencies are evaluated in such areas as preventive and corrective maintenance programs, training compliance, safety and housekeeping.
Small System (0 to 249 miles): Ironhouse Sanitary District
Medium System (250-500 miles): City of Livermore
Large System (Over 500 Miles): Central Contra Costa Sanitary District
Plant of the Year
Awarded for excellence in compliance, innovative practices, cost-effectiveness, and other superior treatment plant operations.
Small: Ironhouse Sanitary District
Medium: Delta Diablo
Large: Central Contra Costa Sanitary District
Safety Program of the Year
Nominated Agencies are evaluated in areas such as training, safety inspections, incident investigations, and emergency action planning.
Central Contra Costa Sanitary District
The event included an installation of officers, performed by CWEA Past President Phill Scott. Arvind Akela is now the Past President and Kathryn Gies is the Past Treasurer. To fill their spots, Ed O’Brien is now the president and Roya Joseph is the Treasurer. To see an update list of the 2017 Board of Directors, click here.
The section also presented Certificates of Appreciation for the 2016 Committee Chairs.