IWEA Awards - Indiana WEA

IWEA Awards

IWEA presents awards each year at the annual conference in August.  Deadlines for most IWEA award nominations are June 1st.  If you have any questions regarding submission guidelines or qualifications for any awards, please contact the Awards Committee Chairperson.


Junior Water Bug Award

The purpose of the IWEA Adopt a School award is to recognize Indiana elementary, middle, and high schools and educators who demonstrate an exceptional level of dedication to educating students on the importance of protecting and improving our water environment. The award may be given annually, at the discretion of the Public Communication & Outreach (PCO) Committee, based on the previous school year. Recipients may be individual classes or an entire school, at the discretion of the nominating individual (Sponsor) and the PCO Committee. To qualify for the award, the eligible entity must be located in the State of Indiana and nominated by a current member of IWEA (Sponsor). The nominee does not need to be affiliated with IWEA. To be eligible for the award, nominees shall complete a minimum of three (3) Eligible Activities in the proceeding school year. An Eligible Activity is defined as an educational program, lesson, or activity that is consistent with the objectives of IWEA in promoting an understanding of the importance of protecting and improving our water environment, as judged by the PCO Committee. The Committee shall prepare and maintain a list of Eligible Activities that will be available on the IWEA website and upon request. Educational programs, lessons, or activities can be added to the list of Eligible Activities at the discretion of the Committee. Sponsors and Nominees are encouraged to propose new Eligible Activities for inclusion on the list.

Nominations must be submitted, in writing, to the chair of the PCO Committee by June 1st. Nominations must include the following information:

  • Name and address of School
  • Name of Sponsor
  • Contact Information for Sponsor
  • Name of Teacher(s)
  • Contact Information for Teacher(s)
  • Name of Principal
  • Contact Information for Principal
  • Age Group of Students
  • Date and Description of Eligible Activities Completed (as described below)

The PCO Committee will evaluate nominations and select the annual recipient(s). When deemed advisable by the PCO Committee, more than one award per year may be given. If, in the opinion of the PCO Committee, there are not a sufficient number of nominations submitted or the quality of the nominees does not warrant an award, then no award shall be granted.

The award shall consist of a mounted or framed certificate as well as a $50 grant to the nominee to purchase educational materials relating to the water environment from the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Bookstore or a similar vendor, at the discretion of the Committee.

For more information on this award, please contact Bob Roudebush at bob@ctrwd.org

Biosolids Award

The purpose of the awards program is to recognize significant contributions in the development and implementation of cost-effective, environmentally safe and publicly acceptable biosolids beneficial use practices, which recycle nutrients, improve soil conditions, or otherwise conserve valuable natural resources.

Nominations will be accepted for recognition of excellence in a wide range of activities that have stimulated the beneficial use of municipal or industrial biosolids. There are four categories of awards for which nominations are accepted. Awards may be presented in the following categories:

Operating Projects for Class A (large >=1650 dry tons/year and small <1650 dry tons/year) and Class B (large >=500 dry tons/year and small <500 dry tons/year). Outstanding, full-scale, beneficial use technologies and public acceptance.

Technology Development Activities. Significant technological improvements that have been developed and fully proven at the operational level; these may be a pilot or full-scale activities.

Research Activities. Studies that have substantially contributed to an improved understanding of biosolids beneficial use practices, improved public acceptance, and/or advanced the technology.

  • Nominations for awards may be submitted by anyone including the nominee, the IDEM, municipalities, industries, or other interested parties. Nominated entries may include both individuals and groups from private as well as public organizations.
  • Deadline for submitting nominations for any of the award categories is June 1 of each year.
  • All facilities nominated for an award will be inspected by members of the residuals management committee
  • Award winners are not limited to the frequency of submittals. A facility may win an award multiple years in a row.

Operating Projects (4 categories)

  • Class A >=1650 dry tons/year (large) < 1650 dry tons/year (small)
    Class B >=500 dry tons/year (large) < 500 dry tons/year (small)
  • Significant recycling/reuse of natural recourses (e.g., nutrients, organic matter and energy)
  • Substantial, full scale, proven operation over time
  • Constant, cost effective operation
  • Public acceptance
    • Demonstrated increases in both public acceptance and public demand. The term “public” is meant to include regulatory agencies, agricultural organizations, water quality professionals, public health officials, environmentalists, academic institutions, and the news media as well as the general public. Indicators of “demand” include such factors as waiting lists and user paying for biosolids.
    • Characterized by dedicated and successful individual and team efforts.
    • Demonstrated willingness to share information and approaches for gaining public acceptance.
    • Proactive successful approaches for working the press and other groups explaining the benefits of biosolids use, cultivating and gaining allies, and educating against unfounded alarmist stories that may arise.
    • Excellence in local information transfer and training efforts that have made a positive local difference, (e.g., on-site demonstrations and collaborative efforts involving municipalities, citizens, universities, and others)
    • Characterized by managers who work with all stakeholders to identify and utilize critical control points for ensuring sound management and community-friendly practices.
  • Compliance with applicable Federal, State, and local regulations.
  • Management of nutrients, and control of nuisances such as odor, dust, and traffic.
  • Excellence in project management, and particularly management that fosters close communication and coordination among stakeholders from generators to end users as well as project neighbors and the public.

B. Technology and Innovation or Development Activities

  • Sustained excellence in advancing our knowledge of technologies that recycle biosolids
  • Technology that has the potential to advance many other areas across the nation
  • Operationally proven
  • Resolved previous biosolids management or utilization problems and have helped gain public acceptance

C. Research Activities

  • Greatly improve our understanding of the environmental effects associated with beneficial use of biosolids
  • Substantial contribution toward the development of improved technological designs and operations
  • Key information generated for the development of improved biosolids regulations and guidance
  • Greater public acceptability of biosolids recycling

Contact the committee chair in order to apply for the biosolids awards. You can find the committee chair here.

Collection Systems Awards

The Collection System Awards are presented in up to three categories as follows:

  • Professional of the Year
  • Large Facility (Facility serving a population of 10,000 or more)
  • Small Facility (Facility serving a population of less than 10,000)

The award consists of a plaque suitably inscribed with the recipient ’s name. This is a great way to honor the individuals and facilities working so hard to improve the collection system profession.

Individual Award Submission Requirements

  • Completed Nomination Form (see Application and Deadline tab)
  • Written description of the individual’s accomplishments and discussion of their contribution to the collection systems field. Reference letters may be provided but are not required.

Large and Small Facility Submittal Requirements

  • Completed nomination form (See Application and Deadline tab)
  • Photographs – include up to six (6) photographs pertinent to the nominated project and include brief written description of each photograph.
  • View a sample nomination

To submit an application for the Collections Awards:

  • Complete the Nomination Form selecting Professional of the Year, Large, or Small Facility. Include supplemental materials essential to understanding the nomination.
  • Completed forms may be submitted in writing (IWEA, 8909 Purdue Road, Suite 130, Indianapolis, IN 46268) or via email to ewehmeyer@donohue-associates.com.
  • Nominations are due by June 22nd.

Nomination Form>>

Creation of an Outstanding Device

The award for the creation of an outstanding device may be granted annually to the individual or plant that has developed an outstanding and original device or application of a device which facilitates plant operation.

The award shall consist of a mounted or framed certificate and shall mention the device involved and the originator of the device. Where more than one person is responsible for a major share in developing a device, the Awards Committee may provide for equitable recognition of those concerned.

The recommendation of the Operations and Maintenance Committee shall be based on originality and thoroughness of presentation of the device. Such nomination shall be forwarded to the Awards Committee for approval. When deemed advisable by the Committee, more than one award per year may be made.

  • The award recipient shall be selected from applicants of the membership.
  • Application for the award shall be made in writing to Chairman of the Operations and Maintenance Committee no later than the June 1st of that year.
  • The application may be in letter form with pictures and should include suitable evidence and description of the device and results obtained with its use.
  • The name and address of those directly responsible for originating the device shall be included in the application.
  • Please submit nominations for this award to the chairperson, where you can find here.
Excellence in Safety Award
Safety Awards of Merit may be given to municipal facilities for Class I, II, III, IV, and industrial facilities. This program is designed to give recognition to all plants which grade high in merit points to such an extent that a plant may sustain a minimum of loss-time accidents and with a good point record could still be eligible for a safety award. Safety experience of each plant will be compiled by the committee and recommendations for awards shall be based on merit points and by accident experience of each plant recorded by the plant superintendent on the year-end safety report.

To be eligible for this award, a plant must complete the Safety Inspection Form and receive an inspection from a safety committee member.

Honorary Membership Award

The qualifications for honorary membership are set forth in Article I, Section 4, of the By-Laws and Exempts Payment of National and State Dues.

The Awards Committee, when deemed appropriate, may recommend a present or past recipient of this state award for nomination to the National Honorary Membership Award. Actual nomination to the National award shall require a unanimous vote of the Executive Committee and a favorable vote of the membership at the annual state meeting.

Honorary Members shall be elected for life, pay no Association or Federation dues and shall receive all the publications of the Association and Federation for regular membership at no cost to the awardee.

An Honorary Member shall be a person of acknowledged eminence in one or more fields of activity within the scope of the stated objectives of the Association. Candidates may be nominated by the Awards Committee, but can be elected only by favorable secret ballot of the Executive Committee. One negative vote would exclude.

No election to Honorary Membership shall be made which would cause the total number of living Honorary Members to exceed a ratio of one to every fifty active members. Not more than one Honorary Member shall be elected in any one administrative year.

To make a nomination for the IWEA Honorary Membership Award, please contact Julia Whitson at julia@indianawea.org

 

John M. Craddock Award
The John M. Craddock Award, in the form of a plaque, is to be awarded for outstanding contributions in the field of industrial wastewater. Nominations may be made for either an individual or a facility. Award winners shall be limited to no more than two (2) per year – one individual and one facility – regardless of the number of nominees. The award need not be given every year and the sponsoring committee need not make nominations each year.

The John M. Craddock Award may be presented to any industrial employee, university student or professor, consulting engineer, governmental personnel or any other individual or facility deemed to have made an outstanding contribution in the field of industrial wastewater treatment or pretreatment program administration by the Pretreatment Committee.

 

Outstanding contributions shall be considered to be those contributions that enhance and improve the quality of the environment and/or the health and safety of the public. Examples of outstanding contributions may include earning the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Five Star Award, developing or modifying a technology or process that significantly contributes to the improvement of the quality of, or the reduction in the quantity of, wastewater discharged by an industrial user and/or the compliance status of the facility, assisting in streamlining or implementing other administrative or operational methods in local pretreatment programs that directly result in significantly improved water quality, or other similar activities. Each nominee will be considered on the merits of the contribution made.

Nominations shall include the name of the nominee, the name of the nominating person and a brief outline of the contribution made by the nominee.

Copies of all nominations shall be made available to the chair and vice chair of the Pretreatment Committee no later than June 1st of each year.

All nominations will be made available to members of the Pretreatment Committee for their review and discussion and all nominations will be evaluated during the June committee meeting each year.

The Pretreatment Committee chair and vice chair shall meet, either in person or through other media (teleconference, e-mail, etc.) after the June committee meeting, to finalize the nominations.

All nominations shall be subject to discussion by members of the Pretreatment Committee.

Nominees need not be an IWEA member. Nominations may be made by persons other than members of IWEA or the Pretreatment Committee, but all nominations must be made to the Pretreatment Committee and must include all required documentation.

Please send nominations to the chairperson, you can find the chairperson here.

Laboratory Excellence Award

The Laboratory Excellence Award in the form of a plaque is to be awarded for outstanding achievement in the implementation of laboratory technique and administration. The awards may be given to municipal facilities for each classification (I, II, III, IV [a] < 10 MGD and IV [b] > 10 MGD).

Candidates for the award shall be determined by the Laboratory Committee and is based upon a graded evaluation of their criteria.  Candidates must complete the Inspection Application and be inspected by a member of the Laboratory committee to be eligible for the Laboratory Excellence Award.

  • Laboratory Inspection Applications must be submitted to the Lab Committee chair by mid-februay of the current year.
  • For questions regarding the Laboratory Excellence Award, please contact the chairperson, which you can find here.
Leo Besozzi Delegate Award

Leo Besozzi, a long time leader and a member of the Indiana Water Environment Association (IWEA), bequeathed a large sum of money to IWEA in order to provide annual opportunities for wastewater professionals to experience the IWEA Annual Conference that may not otherwise have the means to do so.  The Leo Besozzi Delegate Award is presented by IWEA each year to benefit a deserving qualifying wastewater professional in order for him/her to experience the Annual IWEA Conference and receive the benefit of the educational and networking opportunities the conference offers.  An individual is eligible for this award if he/she has never attended the IWEA Annual Conference.  Two nominations are submitted each year by the IWEA Operator Associations in a rotating manner.
The selected Delegate(s) are provided, complimentary to him/her, the following benefits:

  • invitation to the full annual conference including the awards luncheon and business luncheon;
  • lodging for the entire conference;
  • 1 year membership to IWEA;
  • recognition of the recipient at the Awards Luncheon.

Considering criteria from the IWEA Operator Association making nominations when selecting the candidate(s):

  • Whether anyone associated with the nominee’s facility, controlling entity, town, or district has received the Leo Besozzi Award
  • The size/classification of the nominee’s facility, controlling entity, town, or district
  • The financial inability of the nominee’s facility, controlling entity, town, or district to sponsor nominee to attend the annual conference
  • The nominee is not facing sanctions from any regulatory agency

In the event that the nominating Association cannot provide an eligible nominee, the association shall make every effort to communicate with the other Operator Associations so a qualifying nominee is sought and nominated, regardless of the region of origin.

The nominating Operator Association will submit their Delegate nominations to the Awards Committee by June 1st.

Leo Besozzi Scholarship
Leo Besozzi, a long time leader and a member of the Indiana Water Environment Association (IWEA), bequeathed a large sum of money to IWEA in order to provide opportunities for wastewater professionals in continuing their education of the water environment.  The Besozzi Scholarship program is in place to assist a student studying a field related to the water environment in earning their degree.

You must satisfy the following criteria in order to be eligible for the IWEA-Besozzi scholarship:

  • Attend school in Indiana, full or part-time, for a certification or degree (i.e. technical, vocational, bachelors, masters, or PhD);
  • Have completed, at least, the equivalent to one year in college; and
  • Enrolled in study related to the water pollution control industry.

Applicants must submit the following to the IWEA office:

  • Official Transcript
  • 500-word (or less) essay about how career goals are related to the goals of IWEA
  • Brief statement of financial need
  • One academic or professional recommendation

The application is due by June 1st of the current year. The scholarship recipient will be notified by August 1st. Funds will be dispersed in the Fall Semester. Please e-mail complete applications to Julia at julia@indianawea.org or mail applications to:
IWEA
8909 Purdue Road, Suite 130, Indianapolis, IN 46268

LL Larson Safety Award
The award will be made to the person responsible for bringing about safety improvements in the operation of a waste treatment facility. This improvement might be in the form of a change in the design of the plant, a change in plant operation, the formation of a set of safety rules, an educational program or anything else that will help reduce the number of waste treatment plant accidents. The award shall be known as the L.L. Larson Safety Award of the Indiana Water Environment Association in recognition of the work done by Mr. L. L. (Bert) Larson in the safety field.

The award shall be in the form of a plaque and will be a permanent award to the recipient. Any member of the Indiana Water Environment Association is eligible to receive the award.  Not more than one award may be made in any one year and no award may be made if the committee feels that no achievement was worthy of receiving the award.  The award may be made for an outstanding safety record if such record is the result of a safety effort of the facility.

To make a nomination for this award, please contact the chairperson with your submission by June 1st of the current year.

Outstanding Website
The award for an Outstanding Website shall be given annually to the organization that, in the opinion of the Public Communication & Outreach (PCO) committee, has developed and maintained an exceptional website demonstrating the importance of educating the Citizens of Indiana on the importance of our water environment.

To be considered, an organization must be nominated by a current member of IWEA. Eligible organizations must have a significant presence in Indiana and must demonstrate a commitment to using their website to promote the importance of protecting and improving our water environment. The nominated organization does not need to be
affiliated with IWEA, nor does it need to employ IWEA members. Nominees shall be evaluated based on the Outstanding Website Award Evaluation Form based on the following criteria:

  • Ease of Navigation – 35%
  • Functionality – 25%
  • Content – 25%
  • Appearance – 15%

Nominations must be submitted in writing to the current chair of the PCO committee no
later than June 1. The nomination should be in letter format, no longer than three (3) pages in length, and shall include the following information at a minimum:

  • Name of Organization
  • Website Address
  • Name and Information for an Organization Representative
  • Name and Contact Information for Nominating Individual
  • A brief description of the organization’s history, purpose, goals and target audiences.

The PCO committee will evaluate nominations and select the annual recipient(s). When deemed advisable by the PCO Committee, more than one award per year may be given.
If, in the opinion of the PCO Committee, there are not a sufficient number of nominations submitted or the quality of the nominees does not warrant an award, then no award shall be granted.

Ricky D. Dodd Public Outreach Award
The Ricky D. Dodd Public Outreach Award shall be given annually to the individual who, based on the recommendation of the Public Communications & Outreach (PCO) Committee, has demonstrated significant accomplishments in promoting awareness and understanding of the importance of preserving and enhancing our water environment through the development and implementation of education and outreach programs.

To be considered, an individual must be nominated by a current member of IWEA. Eligible individuals must have a significant presence in Indiana and must demonstrate a commitment to educating and promoting awareness and understanding of water environment issues focusing on one or more of the following groups:

  • Professionals in the wastewater industry outside of the nominee’s organization
  • Elementary, Middle, High School, or College Students
  • Social or Civic Groups The General Public

The nominee does not need to be a member of IWEA. Nominations must be submitted in writing to the current chair of the PCO committee no later than June 1st of each year. The nomination shall include:

  • Nomination Form
  • Brief biography of the nominee
  • Specific reasons for the nomination (one page maximum)
  • Any supporting documentation that demonstrates evidence of the program’s effectiveness (i.e. photographs, program materials, handouts, newspaper articles, letters of support from participants, etc.). Videos and/or audio tapes are encouraged.

The PCO committee will evaluate nominations and nominate the annual recipient(s). When deemed advisable by the PCO Committee, more than one award per year may be given. If, in the opinion of the PCO Committee, there are not a sufficient number of nominations submitted or the quality of the nominees does not warrant an award, then no award shall be granted.

To submit for this award please contact the Public Outreach committee chair.

Tumblebug Award

This Tumble Bug Award is made for recognition of committee members, program presenters and other journeymen within our organization who have labored industriously on behalf of the Association. This Tumble Bug Award is made to those eminent visitors to IWEA meetings and those friends of the Association deemed worthy by the Awards Committee and/or the Executive Committee.

All Tumble Bug Awards shall be made by a ceremony to liken the efforts and work of the Dung Scarab and awardees shall become a member of an elite society known as the “Order of Eminent Tumble Bugs.”

Not more than six (6) members shall be elected in any administrative year. This award shall consist of a pin as tie tack or lapel pin and a certificate.

To make a nomination for the Tumble Bug Award, please contact the awards chair, Barb Smith at barbsmith57@comcast.net

Twenty Year Club Award
The 20 year club award is given to those industry professionals who have been involved with the water environment for at least 20 years.

1. Candidate for election must have a continuing interest in one or more fields of water pollution control. Such interest  may be as an operator, supervisor, superintendent, chemist, or other employee directly associated with a wastewater treatment plant; professor, instructor or student in sanitary engineering or related field; designer; consultant; sales or sales service (if a substantial portion of sales is in wastewater treatment or control); regulatory; or other related activity.

2. An applicant must be an active, corporate or dual member of IWEA at the time of an election.

3. The election shall be by the Executive Committee. A unanimous vote of those attending a duly called meeting of the Executive Committee shall be required.

4. There shall be no dues or fees associated with Twenty-Year Club membership.

5. Membership plaques shall be furnished by the Indiana Water Environment Association, Inc.

 

  • Applications for membership in the Twenty-Year Club shall be filed with the IWEA Awards Committee by August 1st of the current year. Applications should be mailed or faxed to 8909 Purdue Road, Suite 130, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Fax 317-686-2672.
  • Download the application here.

Excellence in O&M Award

The Award must be submitted by an IWEA member

The Award will be presented to a municipal public, semi-public, or private Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) with zero violations of its NPDES Permit during the previous calendar year.

Divided into 4 categories based on WRRF Class size (1, 2, 3, 4)

Materials to be submitted:

  • Letter stating/certifying the WRRF had zero violations of its NPDES Permit for the calendar year “20XX”
  • Copies of MROs for the entire calendar year
  • Copy of NPDES Permit
  • Submitted to the IWEA office or O&M Committee Chair by end of March each year

This Award is intended to recognize those WRRFs which exhibit excellence in operations and maintenance by incurring zero violations of its NPDES Permit, reflecting exemplary performance by its operations and maintenance staff.  By basing the award on each WRRF’s individual NPDES Permit and Class category, it provides a more even playing field for receiving the award.

The type of award plaque will be determined based upon the number of awards to be presented (individual plaques versus large wooden plaque with plate for each year)

To submit a nomination, please contact the chairperson.

 


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