Environmental Achievement Award

NEAA 2019 Honorees

Individual Honorees


The Honorable Dan Kildee (D-MI), U.S. House of Representatives


Craig W. Butler, Former Director, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment


The Honorable Thomas C. Henry, Mayor, City of Fort Wayne, IN

Vishnu K. Lakdawala, PhD, HRSD Commissioner, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, VA

Distinguished Service

Rajendra P. Bhattarai, Former Division Manager, Austin Water, TX

Bill Gaffi, Former General Manager, Clean Water Services, OR


Michael H. Shapiro, Former Office of Water Official, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, DC

Utility Leadership

Jill Jones, District Manager, Central Davis Sewer District, UT

Karen Pallansch, Chief Executive Officer, Alexandria Renew Enterprises, VA

James J. Pletl, Director of Water Quality, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, VA

Special Recognition Award

Jeff Theerman, Vice President, Brown and Caldwell, MO

Agency Honorees

Operations & Environmental Performance Award

PDFMetropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, IL
McCook Reservoir Stage 1


Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
From Sludge to Soil


City of Prineville, OR
Crooked River Wetland Project


Hampton Roads Sanitation District, VA
SWIFT Research Center

Research & Technology

PDFHampton Roads Sanitation District, VA
Williamsburg Aeration Tank Modifications

Workforce Development

PDFEast Bay Municipal Utility District, CA
Wastewater Plant Operator Trades Training Program

PDFUnion Sanitary District, CA 
Leadership School Program

Western Monmouth Utilities Auth, NJ
Environmental Professional Development Academy

City of Corpus Christi, TX
Producing Champions in the Workforce

Alexandria Renew Enterprises, VA
Training the Water Workforce of Tomorrow

PDFHampton Roads Sanitation District, VA
Hampton Roads Public Works Academy

Public Information & Education (Educational Program)

The Journey of Stormwater: KC to the Sea 

PDFWater Environment Services of Clackamas County, OR
Keep the Wipes Out!

Alexandria Renew Enterprises, VA 
Creating a Learning Destination Out of a Pump Station 

Public Information & Education (E-Media)

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer DistrictPDF
@neorsd "Let's Ask" Interview Series

PDFHampton Roads Sanitation District, VA
Environmental Education Partnership

Public Information & Education (Printed Publication)

East Bay Municipal Utility District, CAPDF
Watershed to Bay

Public Information & Education (Video)

City and County of Honolulu, HIyoutube-icon
"The F.O.G. Zone": PSA on Fats, Oils, & Grease

Citizens Energy Group, INyoutube-icon
DigIndy Virtual Reality Video

City of Corpus Christi, TXyoutube-icon
Fertilizer Usage PSA 

youtube-iconNEW Water, WI
R2E2: A New Era in Resource Recovery

Special Recognition Award

PDFEast Bay Municipal Utility District, CA
San Francisco Bay Nutrient Management Program





For additional information on NACWA’s Awards Programs contact Bredy Trombino at 202.533.1820.