The FWEA and the WEF believe that individuals and groups should be recognized for meritorious achievements in our industry.

Awards are given in a variety of categories, including safety, engineering, operations, public education, public relations, management, students and young professionals, laboratory expertise and service to the organization.  You may nominate yourself or another person or group for these awards, using the appropriate FWEA or WEF nomination forms.

FWEA Awards are presented annually at the Florida Water Resources Conference.

The FWEA Awards Committee would be happy to assist you with the process. Please contact the Awards Committee Chair with questions.

FWEA Awards

Name of Award                                 

Description Sponsoring Committee/Contact Application/

Albert B. Herndon Award

Outstanding Performance in Industrial Pretreatment

The Albert B. Herndon Award is presented annually to an FWEA member who has excelled in the field of industrial pretreatment.

Previous Recipients

Industrial Pretreatment Committee

Susanna Littell
(352) 552-4253

Albert B. Herndon Award Criteria

Albert B. Herndon Award Nomination Form

DUE:  FEBRUARY 23, 2018
Program Excellence Award

Recognizes excellence in all areas of biosolids management
The FWEA Biosolids/Residuals Program Excellence Awards recognize excellence in all areas of biosolids management. The categories and criteria for selection allow for consideration of a broad spectrum of programs with sound management, effective communication to stakeholders, and community-friendly practices.  The purpose of these awards is to recognize and promote the safe management, public acceptance and beneficial use biosolids. Possible award categories include:

    a. Large Operating Projects, processing greater than 5 dry tons per day
    b. Small Operating Projects, processing less than 5 dry tons per day
    c. Technology Innovation and Development
    d. Research Program
    e. Public Acceptance Program
Biosolids Committee

Gary Hammond
(352) 358-1222
FWEA Biosolids/Residuals Program Excellence Awards Nomination Form

Biosolids Award Application Form

Innovative Biosolids Award Form

DUE:  FEBRUARY 23, 2018

Award Competition Rules

Wastewater Collection System of the Year Award

Recognizes Utilities for Exceptional Effort

This award recognizes utilities for significant accomplishments fostering excellence in the operation  and  maintenance  of  wastewater  collection systems.  The  award  is  intended  to  encourage  utilities  to  provide  adequate  resources  and  excellent  practices  within  their wastewater collection systems.  Awards are presented in three different categories based on the size of the population served: Under 20,000 served, 20,000 to 75,000 served, Over 75,000 served.


Collection Systems Committee

Scott Helfrick
(770) 639-7795

Oscar Bello
(954) 650-0164

Collection System Award Application

Collection System Award Criteria

DUE:  FEBRUARY 22, 2019

David W. York Reuse Awards 

Recognizes Excellence in the Use of Reclaimed Water

The FWEA Water Resources, Reuse and Resiliency (WR3) Committee will honor utilities and organizations for their commitment to, and their accomplishments in, developing and maintaining exemplary reuse programs. The system awards will be given in four separate categories, based on permitted treatment capacity of 0.1 to less than 1 MGD, 1 to less than 5 MGD, 5 to 15 MGD, and greater than 15 MGD. Reuse Customer of the Year, Reuse Person of the Year, and Reuse Project of the Year awards are also recognized. Applications are usually due in March of the year awarded.

Previous Recipients

Water Reuse, Resources and Resiliency (WR3) Committee

Shanin Speas-Frost

David W. York Award Application and Criteria

David W. York Award Application and Criteria - PDF

DUE:  FEBRUARY 23, 2018
Florida Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers  (FSSSSS)

The Florida Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers was founded in 1956 by David B. Lee to recognize industry professionals for their outstanding, meritorious service above and beyond the call of duty to the Florida Water Environment Association, previously known as the Florida Pollution Control Association.  The Florida Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers award is an award of the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA).  Nominees must be a member in good standing of the Florida Water Environment Association at the time of their nomination.

Previous Recipients

Tom Baber    

Earle B. Phelps Award 

Outstanding WWTFS Performance

The Florida Water Environment Association gives the Earle B. Phelps Award annually to recognize wastewater treatment facilities, which have maintained the highest removal of major pollution-causing constituents prior to discharging, treated effluent to receiving waters.  For the past several years Awards have been given in three treatment categories:

  • Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Advanced Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plants

The 2015 Awards will consider plant size in the evaluation.  Nominees will be evaluated against treatment facilities of the same relative size and treatment type.  If nominations merit, Awards will be given for small, medium and large size plants within each treatment category.

Who was Earle B. Phelps? Find out HERE.

Previous Recipients

Tina Nixon

Nomination Instructions

Application Form

DUE:  FEBRUARY 16, 2018

Golden Manhole Award     This award is presented to individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the art and science of Collection System operations through the operation, maintenance, design, construction, management, planning, education, training, or certification of collection systems operators for FWEA's inauguaral Golden Manhole Award.

Requirements:  The nominee must be a member of FWEA and exhibit significant participation in the following areas:  Operations, Maintenance, Education, Training, Certification, Design, Management and Planning of Sewer Collection Systems.

Collection Systems Committee

Scott Helfrick
(770) 639-7795

Oscar Bello
(954) 650-0164

DUE:  FEBRUARY 22, 2019

Nomination Form

Award Criteria
Integrated Water Resources Award

The Integrated Water Resources Award is awarded to a water resources professional who has set an extraordinary record in Florida of achievement in making, designing and/or implementing water resources policy or projects at the local and the regional levels. Documentation to demonstrate that the performance of the selected individual has been sustained over a period of time is a requirement for this award. The field of expertise of this individual and their FWEA affiliation are not deciding factors for selection.

Previous Recipients

Email award nominations with supporting write up to Shanin Speas-Frost


Contact the Integrated Water Resources Committee

DUE:  FEBRUARY 23, 2018

L.L. Hedgepeth Award

Outstanding Industrial Wastewater Operator

The L.L. Hedgepeth Award is presented to an outstanding industrial wastewater operator.  The scope of this award includes not only industrial wastewater treatment systems, but also industrial wastewater management programs.  Candidate should have direct technical responsibility and not only managerial and administrative responsibilities.  Pollution control is not only achieved through wastewater treatment systems, but often through in-plant controls and water management practices.

Previous Recipients

Industrial Pretreatment Committee

Susanna Littell
(352) 552-4253

L.L. Hedgepeth Award Criteria

L.L. Hedgepeth Award Nomination Form

DUE:  FEBRUARY 23, 2018

Leroy H. Scott Award

Exceptional contribution to FWEA by an Operator

The Leroy H. Scott Award is given to consider the work of wastewater treatment plant operators who are members of the FWEA and to nominate the operators who made the greatest contribution to his/her fellow operators, or who did the best job in operating a plant, regard less of its size or available equipment.  If the Committee deems no one worthy of the award, it shall give a negative report.

Previous Recipients

Jamie Hope   DUE:  FEBRUARY 23, 2018
Norm Casey Scholarship Award

This scholarship is awarded to winners of FWEA's Student Design Competition

Previous Recipients

Student & Young Professionals Committee

Tyler Smith
(813) 906-4606

Award goes to competition winner

Public Education Award for Organizations and/or Events

Thomas T. Jones Public Education Award (Individual)

Promotion of environmental awareness and public outreach 

The Public Education Award for an individual was recently renamed as the Thomas T. Jones Public Education Award. This award is being named in honor of Tom Jones, a long term member and past chair of the FWEA Public Education Committee who passed away suddenly last June.  Tom was a past recipient of the Public Education Award and his love for teaching and promoting the environment to school children, teachers and the public provides an true example of promoting environmental awareness and public outreach which is the purpose of this award. 

The Public Education Awards recognize individuals, organizations or events/campaigns for significant accomplishments that foster and support the development of public outreach programs and integrating public education as a core element of wastewater and water utility planning and management.  The award is intended to encourage individual in promoting public education and for utilities and other organizations to incorporate public education and outreach into their operating plans and to provide examples of successful public education programs and best practices.

Public Communications & Outreach Committee

Julie Karleskint
(941) 378-2862

Public Education Award Application
DUE:  FEBRUARY 23, 2018

Public Education Award Criteria
Ralph H. Baker Award

The Ralph H. Baker Award is presented annually to an FWEA member who has done outstanding work in membership recruitment.  It honors Ralph Baker who for so many years has devoted his energy, wisdom and humor to the advancement of the public health interests in Florida.

Previous Recipients

Mike Sweeney
DUE:  FEBRUARY 23, 2018

Safety Awards

Utilities Who Maintain Exemplary Safety Programs 

Facilities from all over the state of Florida compete for the opportunity to receive a plaque recognizing the excellent safety programs that are in place all over our state.  Awards will be given for exemplary safety programs in all categories (A, B, C and D) for domestic wastewater treatment plants.  Each category will have a first, second and third place winner.

2015 Award Winners     2014 Award Winners

Scott Holowasko

Award Application (Word)
DUE:  FEBRUARY 23, 2018

Samuel R. Willis Award 

Recognizes an individual for heroism

The Samuel R. Willis Award is given in recognition of Samuel R. Willis who in November of 1976 risked his life to save another human being and in the process sustained personal injury.

Awards Committee

Kerstin Kenty

DUE:  FEBRUARY 23, 2018

Utility Management Award (Formerly OPEC) 

Recognizes utilities for best business practices


Utility Management Committee

Kerstin Kenty

Utility Management Award Application for 2014
DUE:  FEBRUARY 23, 2018
YP of the Year Award

Recognizes an outstanding FWEA Young Professional member. 
Previous Recipients Students and Young Professionals Committee

Tyler Smith
(813) 906-4606
YP of the Year Nomination Form
DUE:  MARCH 9, 2018 AT 5:00 PM
Environmental Stewardship Award for Odor Control

Recognizes utilty for good environmental stewardship to the public.
The utility receiving this award shall demonstrate good environmental stewardship to the public within their community as a result of an exceptional odor control project or program. 2015 is the inaugural year for the award. Air Quality Committee

Inquiries & Submissions
Selection Criteria

DUE:  FEBRUARY 22, 2019

WEF Awards

The Water Environment Federation proudly promotes opportunities to recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the water environment profession and to the Federation through their Awards and Recognition Programs. For a list of WEF awards, CLICK HERE. Below is a list of some of the more prominent WEF awards.

Name of Award                                       Description Sponsoring Committee/Contact
William D. Hatfield Award

The William D. Hatfield Award is presented to operators of wastewater treatment plants for outstanding performance and professionalism.  The award was established in honor of Dr. William D. Hatfield, Superintendent of the Decatur, Illinois Sanitary District, who was President of the Central States Sewage Works Association in 1944-45 and served as President of the Federation in 1958-59.

Previous Recipients

Awards Committee

Nicole Quinby                                                                                                                                

Quarter Century Operator Club The Quarter Century Operator Club recognizes operators of wastewater treatment facilities for their service and dedication in a difficult and dangerous profession.  The Club was created under the sponsorship of Frank Woodbury Jones, who served as the Clubs' first registrar.

Tom Baber