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.
The Collection System Awards are presented in up to three categories as follows:
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
Large and Small Facility Submittal Requirements
To submit an application for the Collections Awards:
The Laboratory Excellence Award is given in the form of a plaque 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 Laboratory Excellence Award Application and be inspected by a member of the Laboratory committee to be eligible for the Laboratory Excellence Award. To receive an excellence award, the laboratory must score 85% or higher in each category as well as an overall score of 90% or higher.
Annually, a member of the Laboratory Committee will travel to labs around the State to conduct thorough lab audits. These audits are similar to the audits performed by IDEM inspectors except these audits are conducted only in labs who voluntary participate. The audits serve as an excellent tool for hands-on consulting in your actual laboratory.
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:
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)
*Violations will not necessarily eliminate a nominee. The committee would be interested in cause and the procedures taken to remedy the violation. Please describe.
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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 will be presented to an individual operator of a municipal public, semi-public, or private Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF). The award will be presented to an individual in each of 4 categories based on WRRF Class size (1, 2, 3, 4).
The ideal candidate will have made a long-standing contribution to the success of his/her WRRF, service that goes above-and-beyond the requirements of the position, and a positive attitude that others look to. Candidates for consideration may:
Materials to be submitted:
The award shall consist of a mounted or framed certificate. To submit your nomination please click the button below.
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.
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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 online by June 1st. 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.
To submit for the award, please click below. For more information on this award, please contact Bob Roudebush at email@example.com.
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:
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:
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 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:
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.
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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 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:
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Each year, we invite you to nominate the programs and successes achieved by you and your colleagues who are “going above and beyond” in efforts that align with sustainability. Driven by environmental, economic and ecological benefits, resource recovery has started to draw attention worldwide. Recovering resources can provide an alternative and economically viable way of reducing our impact on the environment. This award is specifically designed to recognize a commitment to going green. Awards will be broken out into at least 4 separate categories – water, energy, nutrients, and consumables. Qualifications for this award are:
Resource Recovery Qualification Areas (but not limited to)*
*Resource recovery is a vast subject; accordingly, not all areas will be listed on this form.
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To be eligible for this award, a plant must complete the Safety Inspection Form and receive an inspection from a safety committee member.
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 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:
Considering criteria from the IWEA Operator Association making nominations when selecting the candidate(s):
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.
You must satisfy the following criteria in order to be eligible for the IWEA-Besozzi scholarship:
Applicants must submit the following to the IWEA office:
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 completed applications to Kylee at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail applications to:
8909 Purdue Road, Suite 130, Indianapolis, IN 46268
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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 Kylee Daily at firstname.lastname@example.org