Worth Noting

People/awards; learning opportunities; calendar


Jon Haukaas was hired as the Public Works director for the city of Blaine, Minnesota. He spent the last 10 years in Colorado, including eight years as a utilities operations manager for the city of Fort Collins.

Kenneth Locke — an employee of the city of Brewer, Maine, since 1992 — received a 2017 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The honor recognizes “extraordinary efforts to protect and improve Maine’s environment.” Locke became the city’s director of environmental services in 2000. Since 2003, he has taken a proactive approach to maintaining Brewer’s stormwater management program. 

The University of Tennessee Stormwater Management office was recognized as the Organization of the Year by the Tennessee Storm- water Association. The university was honored for its efforts to incorporate effective and inventive stormwater management strategies into every construction project on campus. 

The Upper Gwynedd Township in Pennsylvania received the 2017 Municipal Award from the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy for its efforts to keep a local watershed clean. For the past several years, Upper Gwynedd Township has developed and implemented a Skippack Headwaters TMDL Abatement Program, meant to reduce the maximum daily load of sediment entering local waterways during heavy rain. The program focused on three projects: stream bank restoration along a tributary of the Zacharias Creek, retrofitting of a stormwater basin near Conrad Avenue with native-plant material, and restoration of 600 feet of banks along the Zacharias Creek.

The Water Environment Federation honored the city of Corpus Christi (Texas) Storm Water Division with gold-level recognition in both innovation and program management. The division has implemented several programs, including the Inlet Basket Program that is designed to protect the bays from debris, fats, oils and grease.

Learning Opportunities


The American Society of Civil Engineers is offering a Young Member Leadership Symposium Aug. 3-5 in Reston, Virginia. Visit www.asce.org.


The University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering a Using WinSLAMM: Meeting Urban Stormwater Management Goals seminar Feb. 27-28 in Madison, Wisconsin. Visit www.epd.wisc.edu.


Feb. 20-23: Water Environment Federation-American Water Works Association Utility Management Conference, Hyatt Regency Riverwalk, San Antonio. Visit www.wef.org.

March 1-3: American Society of Civil Engineers CI (Construction Innovation) Summit, Hilton Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas. Visit www.cisummit.org.

March 6-9: National Utility Contractors Association Annual Convention, Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk, San Antonio. Visit www.nuca.com.

March 26-28: American Water Works Association Sustainable Water Management Conference, Renaissance Seattle Hotel, Seattle. Visit www.awwa.org.

April 19-21: American Society of Civil Engineers Structures Congress, Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas. Visit www.structurescongress.org.

April 22-24: American Society of Civil Engineers Surveying and Geomatics Conference, Cal Poly Pomona university, Pomona, California. Visit www.surveyingconference.org.

April 22-25: American Water Resources Association Spring Specialty Conference: GIS and Water Resources, Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Florida. Visit www.awra.org.

May 6-9: American Public Works Association North American Snow Conference, Indianapolis. Visit www.apwa.net.

May 22-24: National Utility Contractors Association Washington Summit, Holiday Inn Capitol, Washington, D.C. Visit www.nuca.com.

June 3-7: American Society of Civil Engineers World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneapolis. Visit www.asce.org.

June 11-14: American Water Works Association Annual Conference & Exposition, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas. Visit www.awwa.org.

July 9-11: American Water Resources Association Summer Specialty Conference: Managing Transboundary Groundwater, Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas. Visit www.awra.org.

July 29-Aug. 1: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting, Cobo Center, Detroit. Visit www.asabe.org.

Aug. 12-16: StormCon, Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, Denver. Visit www.stormcon.com.

Aug. 26-29: American Public Works Association Public Works Expo: PWX, Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, Missouri. Visit www.apwa.net.

Sept. 17-19: National Rural Water Association WaterPro Conference, Fort Worth, Texas. Visit www.nrwa.org.

Oct. 12-15: American Society of Civil Engineers 2018 Convention, Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. Visit www.asce.org.


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