Environmental Achievement Award

2019 Individual NEAA Honorees

On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, the National Environmental Achievement Awards were presented to individuals and member agencies that have made outstanding contributions to environmental protection and wastewater management.

The Awards were handed out during our Winter Conference, The CWA/SDWA Nexus…Conflict or Collaboration, in Albuquerque, NM, February 5-8 2019.

The honorees and agency representatives had their pictures taken with Mark Sanchez, NACWA President (2018-2019), and Executive Director, Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (on the left) and Ted Henifin, NACWA Awards Committee Chair, and General Manager, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, VA (on the right).

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Rajendra P. Bhattarai

Former Division Manager
Austin Water, TX

Distinguished and Board Service Awards

NEAA Raj  Raj Ceremony

Bill Gaffi

Former General Manager
Clean Water Services, OR

Distinguished Service Award

NEAA Gaffi  Gaffi Ceremony

Jill Jones

District Manager
Central Davis Sewer District, UT

Utility Leadership Award

NEAA Jill Jones  Jones Ceremony

Ben Grumbles

Maryland Department of the Environment

Environment Award

NEAA Grumbles

Steve Hershner

Utilities Director
City of Cedar Rapids,
Utilities Department, MI

President's Award

NEAA President - Hershner02

Pictured with Ted Henifin, NACWA Awards Committee Chair, and General Manager, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, VA (on the left) and John Sullivan, NACWA President (2019-2020), and Chief Engineer, Boston Water & Sewer Commission (on the right).

Vishnu K. Lakdawala, PhD

Hampton Roads Sanitation District, VA

Local Public Service Award

NEAA Vishnu 01  Vishnu Ceremony

Karen Pallansch

Chief Executive Officer
Alexandria Renew Enterprises, VA

Utility Leadership Award

NEAA Pallansch  Pallansch Ceremony 02

James J. Pletl

Director of Water Quality
Hampton Roads Sanitation District, VA

Utility Leadership Award

NEAA Pletl  Pletl Ceremony

Michael H. Shapiro

Former Deputy Assistant Administrator
Office of Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, DC

Environment Award

NEAA Shapiro   Shapiro Ceremony

Jeff Theerman

Vice President
Brown and Caldwell, MO

Special Recognition Award

NEAA Theerman  Theerman Ceremony

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