67th Annual Awards & Installation Banquet

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 todayAC17-web-logo

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.

2016 Annual Awards Banquet sponsors.
2016 Annual Awards Banquet 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.

Thomas Hendrey – Whitley Burchett & Associates

Andy Stamatelos Service Award

Recognizes an individual’s outstanding Service to the San Francisco Bay Section.

Andy-Stamatelos
Alison Boren – City of Benicia

Alison Boren – City of Benicia

 

Special Service Award

Recognizes individual’s long-term dedication and special service to the San Francisco Bay Section.

Logan Rather picked up Rick's Award for him. Rick was unable to attend.
Logan Rather picked up Rick’s award for him. Rick was unable to attend.

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
Thomas Johnson – WECO Industries

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
Angela Lowrey – Delta Diablo

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
Lenny Rather – Oro Loma Sanitary District

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.

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City of Hayward & Carollo Engineers

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 Utilities Commission
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

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
Ironhouse Sanitary District

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.

Central Contra Costa Sanitary District
Central Contra Costa Sanitary District

Large Budget: Central Contra Costa Sanitary District

Ironhouse Sanitary District
Ironhouse 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.

Ironhouse Sanitary District
Ironhouse Sanitary District

Small System (0 to 249 miles): Ironhouse Sanitary District

City of Livermore
City of Livermore

Medium System (250-500 miles): City of Livermore

Central Contra Costa Sanitary District
Central Contra Costa Sanitary District

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.

Ironhouse Sanitary District
Ironhouse Sanitary District

Small: Ironhouse Sanitary District

Delta Diablo
Delta Diablo

Medium: Delta Diablo

Central Contra Costa Sanitary District
Central Contra Costa Sanitary District

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
Central Contra Costa Sanitary District

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.

(L to R) Noe Meza, Christopher "Country" Brown, Joaquin Gozales, Laurie Brenner, Alison Boren, Nick Hansen
(L to R) Noe Meza, Christopher “Country” Brown, Joaquin Gozales, Laurie Brenner, Alison Boren, Nick Hansen

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