Worth Noting - September 2019

People/Awards; Learning Opportunities; Calendar


Maser Consulting PA in Red Bank, New Jersey, announced John M. Mele joined its Municipal Service Division in the role of project manager. Mele specializes in the planning, design, permitting, and preparation of construction plans, estimates, and specifications for various capital works projects, including stormwater management system upgrades.

Champion Local Schools received a $5,000 Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Education minigrant to develop a stormwater control basin at the new pre-K-8 school complex. The 1-acre basin then will become an outdoor learning lab that adjoins the little brown bat habitat and wetlands.

The Morgantown Utility Board received the 2018 Environmental Award for Stormwater Outreach from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago awarded the village of River Forest (Illinois) up to $75,000 in grant funding to construct a green alley between Gale and Keystone avenues, from Vine Street to Madison Street. The village applied for the grant through the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s Green Infrastructure Program, which assists in the construction of sustainable stormwater runoff solutions.

The Pigeon River Fund of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina awarded $217,010 to several environmental groups. Among the recipients were:

  • Haywood Waterways Association — $44,970 for the Elevated Park Stream Improvement Project on Jonathan Creek, a major tributary in the Pigeon River watershed in Maggie Valley.
  • North Carolina Arboretum Society — $20,000 to help transform a sediment catch basin into an innovative stormwater wetland complex by increasing the pond’s storage capacity, improving filtering and management of stormwater, and increasing habitat for the mole salamander and other aquatic species.

The city of Bronson received a $1.6 million State of Michigan Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater grant.

Michael Bentel, a doctoral student at the University of California, Riverside, received the American Water Works Association 2018 American Water Scholarship. The scholarship is an annual award of $5,000 presented to a graduate-level student to assist with the development of professionals interested in service to the water industry.

The American Public Works Association announced its Public Works Leaders of the Year for 2018. Included among the honorees are:

  • Mike Frisbie, city engineer, city of San Antonio
  • Samuel A. May, city manager, city of Margate, Florida
  • Robert Mitchard, Public Works director, village of Algonquin, Illinois
  • Nan Newlon, director of Public Works, village of Downers Grove, Illinois
  • James W. Patteson, director, Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Fairfax, Virginia
  • Larry Schneider, streets superintendent, city of Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Josh Watkins, water utility manager, city of Redding, California
  • Paul Q. Woodard, director of Public Works, city of Janesville, Wisconsin.


The American Water Works Association is offering an Effective Utility Management seminar on Sept. 19-20 in Louisville. Visit www.awwa.org.


The University of Wisconsin is offering an Essentials of Hydraulics for Civil and Environmental Professionals workshop on Sept. 25-27 in Madison. Visit www.epd.wisc.edu.


The American Water Works Association is offering a Utility Tools and Strategies for Climate Change Planning webinar on Sept. 12. Visit www.awwa.org.

The American Public Works Association is offering a Talking Top Tech: Geographic Information System (GIS)/Mapping webinar on Sept. 13. Visit www.apwa.net.

The American Water Resources Association is offering a Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations Improve Water Management webinar on Oct. 10. Visit www.awra.org.


Sept. 17-19

National Rural Water Association WaterPro Conference, Fort Worth, Texas. Visit www.nrwa.org.

Sept. 29-Oct. 3

Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, Morial Convention Center, New Orleans. Visit www.weftec.org.

Oct. 12-15

American Society of Civil Engineers 2018 Convention, Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. Visit www.asce.org.

Oct. 28-31

American Water Works Association Water Infrastructure Conference & Exposition, Atlanta. Visit www.awwa.org.

Nov. 4-8

American Water Resources Association Annual Conference, Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, Baltimore. Visit www.awra.org.

May 6-9

American Public Works Association North American Snow Conference, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. Visit www.apwa.net.

July 7-10

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting, Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston. Visit www.asabe.org.


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