Worth Noting - October 2019

People/Awards; Learning Opportunities; Calendar


Wendy Ogilvie, director of environmental programs for Grand Valley Metro Council, received the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum 2019 President’s Award for contributions to the organization’s growth and development.

Kelly Hefner was hired as general manager of water and sewer for the city of Oskaloosa, Iowa. He most recently served as stormwater/sewer supervisor for the city of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The city of South Pasadena, California, hired Shahid Abbas as its Public Works director. He most recently led the Public Works Division for the city of Sunnyvale.

Stone Environmental received an Engineering Excellence Merit Award from the American Council of Engineering Cos. of Vermont for an innovative, green stormwater infrastructure design and implementation project in the town of St. Johnsbury.

The city of Columbia and a team from Woolpert were honored by the South Carolina American Public Works Association with its 2019 Project of the Year award in the category of Structures/Historical Restoration for their Martin Luther King Jr. Park Detention and Water Quality Project. It addressed routine flooding and water-quality issues while improving the appearance and functionality of the park.

The town of Ashland received a $60,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust for future investments to its stormwater, water and wastewater systems.

The town of Tecumseh, Ontario, received the Wege Small Cities Sustainability Best Practices Award from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.

The cities of Martinsburg and Ranson, both in West Virginia, each received $30,000 grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust for green infrastructure projects. Martinsburg’s project, called ReGrowing Green City of Martinsburg, aims to fully design concepts for construction to address an area prone to flash flooding. Ranson plans to use the funding for the Beltline Avenue Linear Stormwater Park Design Project.



The American Water Works Association is offering:

• Oct. 1-2 – Customer Service Seminar, Tulsa.

• Oct. 3-4 – Effective Utility Management, Tulsa.

Visit www.awwa.org.


The American Public Works Association is offering:

• Oct. 3 – Preparing for Implementation of Automated/Connected Vehicles.

• Oct. 10 – Succession Planning.

• Nov. 21 – Facility Maintenance Efficiency Strategies. Visit www.apwa.net.


Oct. 9-13

American Society of Civil Engineers Annual Conference, Miami. Visit www.asce.org.

Oct. 20-23

AWWA Water Infrastructure Conference & Exposition, Hyatt Regency at The Arch hotel, St. Louis. Visit www.awwa.org.

Nov. 3-7

American Water Resources Association Annual Water Resources Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City. Visit www.awra.org.

March 23-26

American Water Resources Association Geospatial Water Technology Conference, DoubleTree by Hilton, Austin, Texas. Visit www.awra.org.

April 14-17

Center for Watershed Protection National Watershed and Stormwater Conference, Renaissance Austin Hotel, Austin, Texas. Visit www.cwp.org.

May 19-22

American Public Works Association North American Snow Conference, Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City. Visit www.apwa.net.

July 12-15

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting, CHI Health Center, Omaha, Nebraska. Visit www.asabe.org.

Aug. 9-12

American Society of Civil Engineers Pipelines Conference 2020, San Antonio (site TBA). Visit www.asce.org.


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