NWEA's Award Programs

There are two categories of awards that are presented by the NWEA. The NWEA Awards which were established by NWEA for the recognition of it's membership and the Member Association Awards which originates from the Federation, but the recipents are selected by committees within the Association.

The NWEA Awards Program began in 1955 with the Scott Wilbur and Arthur Sidney Bedell Awards.


The Arthur Sidney Bedell Award

is a Federation award that recognizes extraordinary personal service to a member association. The first Bedell Award was presented in 1955 to William F. Rapp, Jr., a Past President and Charter Member of the Nebraska Association. Mr. Rapp worked for the Nebraska Department of Health.

1955- William F. Rapp 1998- Mohamed Dahab
1958- Victor J. Lechtenburg 1999- Glenn Dostal
1961- Theodore A. Filipi 2000- Daryl Kottwitz
1964- Oliver Barklage 2002- Joe Dabbs
1966- Floyd J. Sanks 2004- Jay Ringenberg
1969- W. James Wells, Jr. 2005- Roger Helgoth
1972- E. Bruce Meier 2007- Tom Satchell
1975- Joseph Thissen 2008- Charles Plummer
1978- Carl W. Schweiger 2009- Todd Boling
1981- Earle W. Schweiger 2010- Ron Sova
1983- Terrance A. O'Brien 2012 - Norm Jackman
1984- Art Meyer 2013 - Mike Arends
11986- Leonard R. Lowder 2014 - Kathleen Alexander
1987- Donald Hillrichs 2015 - Lyle Christenden  
1989- Clinton L. Weber 2016 - Tony Bilek
1990- Dennis Hirschbrunner  
1992- Debra Leigh  
1993- C. Dale Jacobson  
1995- James L. Condon  
1997- Steve Crisler  

 

The William D. Hatfield Award

is a Federation award that is presented to operators of wastewater treatment plants for outstanding performance and professionalism. In 1958, the first such award was given to Loren Brannel, an operator at Central City.

 

1958- Loren Brannen 1997 - Bruce Bates
1961- Elijah Coffman 1998 - Joe Dabbs
1964- Otto W. Kuck 1999 - Robert Gray
1968- Joseph L. Noble  2001 - Richard McClemons
1971- Eldor Schuerman  2002 - Jim Swan
1974- Earle W. Schweiger  2004 - Bill Terry
1977- Donald Hillrichs 2005 - Larry Beavers
1980- Orville Klein 2007 - Russ Irwin
1983- James O. Sell 2008 - Tom Singkofer
1984- William R. Coffman 2009 - Jerry Clark
1986- Karl Wlaschin 2010 - Michael Arends
1987 - Gary C. Lund 2011 - Randy Wilson
1989 - Patrick J. Franklin 2013 - Todd Boling
1990 - Steven C. Lamborn 2014 - Keith Kontor
1992 - Paul Dammann 2015 - Brad Barber  
1993 - David Meisinger 2016 - Steve Crisler
1995 - John Ford  

 


The George W. Burke, Jr. Award

is a Federation award which recognizes municipal and industrial wastewater facilities for outstanding safety programs. The first award was presented in 1983 to the Omaha Works of the Western Electric Company.

 

1983- Omaha Works of the Western Electric Company Industrial
Waste Treatment Plant 
1984- Falls City Wastewater Treatment Plant
1985- City of Seward Wastewater Treatment Plant
1987- Hastings Utilities Pollution Control Center
1988- City of Omaha Missouri River Wastewater Treatment Plant
1990- City of Omaha Missouri River Wastewater Treatment Plant
1991- City of Omaha Sewer Maintenance Division
1994- Norfolk Pollution Control Facility
1997- Lincoln Wastewater System Sanitary Engineering
2000- City of McCook Wastewater Treatment Facility 

2003- City of Omaha Missouri River Wastewater Treatment Plant
2006- City of Omaha Missouri River Wastewater Treatment Plant
2015 - Tyson Fresh Meats, Lexington, NE


A Life Membership

is awarded to individuals who have been an Active, PWO or representative of a Corporate or Associate Member of WEF and in one or more Member Associations for a combined total of at least 35 years, and who have reached age 65 at the time of application to transfer to Life Member.

Burton Johnson
Victor Lechtenberg
Art Meyer
Dr. Dewey Andersen
Paul Ombruni
Jim Wells
James Condon
Gary Brandt
Ron Bottorff
Dennis Hirschbrunner
Chuck Plummer
Dale Jacobson
Lyle Christensen
Terry McCarl
Terry Pesek
Roger Helgoth
Dr. Mohamed Dahab
Terry O'Brien
Paul Moritz
Arthur Hutt
Paul Trout
Erwin Kirkvold
Russ Irwin
Ted Paysuer
Dr. Rao Surampalli


The Quarter Century Operator's Award

is given to Federation members who have been significant, full-time participants in the water pollution control industry for 25 years,10 years of which must have been actively involved in the day-to-day collections, maintenance, operations, laboratory, or management of a wastewater transportation or treatment facility. In addition, the applicant must be a member of the WEF for a minimum of five years. The first award was presented in 1983 to Otto W. Kuck, an operator at Fairbury.

1979 F. J. Hauck 2001 Steve Crisler
1983 Otto W. Kuck 2001 Robert Gray
1984 Orville Klein   Richard Greenwood
1985 Floyd Sanks   Dave Petrocchi
  Earle W. Schweiger   Harlan Simmerman
  Urban Weinke  2002 Tim Gulbrandson
1987 James O. Sell   Richard McClemons
1989 Bruce Bates   Gary McCoy
1990 Lavern W. David   Thomas Barnett
1991 Raymond J. Carver   Gerald Pesek
  Donald C. Hillrichs  2003 Ralph Badger
  Arnold E. Rise   Pat Franklin
  James A. Swan   Ken Jones
1992 Larry F. Betts  2007 Todd Boling
  Donald D. Dike   Marsha Louthan
  Johnny G. Rudder   Gary Lund
1994 Karl Wlaschin   Jim Mackel
1995 Paul Sorenson   Cindy Pospisil
  Tyler Konasek   Joe Dabbs
  Pat Lund  2011 Curtis Kizzire
  Jerry Stump   Paul Trout
  Rick Shibata  2013 Jim Heyen
1997 Daryl Meiners    
  Gerardo Talero    
1998 Larry Beavers    
  Jim Waszgis    
 1999  Gary Cooper    
   John Hauschild    
   Ted Pratt    
   Tom Singkofer    
 2000  David R. Brandert    
   Paul Dammann    
   Lester Evans    
   William Hamilton    
   Gerald A. Indra    
   Rick L. Sibert    
   Jay Whalen    
   Allan L. Williams    

 


The Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award

is a Federation award which recognizes individuals for outstanding performance, professionalism and contributions to the water quality analysis profession.. The first recipient was Rick Shibata in 1997, a laboratory supervisor for the City of Lincoln.

 

1996- Rick Shibata
1998- Mary Jo Crowl
1999- Lumir Sukovaty
2001- John Ford

2002- Lori Paulsen
2004Tim Burns
2007Tim Lindeen
2010Marsha Louthan
2015- Dallas Powel


The Bruce Bates Service Award

was established in honor of Bruce Bates for his dedication and service to the Nebraska Wastewater Operators Division, of which he was a Charter Member, and the Nebraska Water Environment Association. 
The award is given in recognition of outstanding service to the Nebraska Wastewater Operators Division. While established in 2001, the award was given to all past NWOD Chairmen for their service and dedication to the organization.

 

Bruce Bates Award Recipients



Daryl Meiner (1990)
Thomas Singkofer (1991-1992) 
John Ford (1993-1994)
Dave Meisinger (1995-1997)
Larry Beavers (1998)
Scott Sprague (1999-2001)
Jim Heyen (2002-2003)

Ralph Badger (2004-2005)
Lynn Garton (2006-2007)
Todd Sukup (2008-2009)


The Scott Wilbur Award

is a NWEA award given for outstanding operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment facility and is named for an individual who was an operator for the City of Omaha from 1941 until his death in 1954. The first award was given in 1955 in honor of Mr. Wilbur, who was one of the Charter Members of the Association.

 


2015 - Scott Wilbur Awards

Large Facility
City of Lincoln Theresa Street WWTF
Cit of Omaha Papillion Creek WWTP
 
Medium Facility 2-5 MGD
Cit of Norfolk WWTF
City of Fremont WWTF
City of Scottsbluff WWTF
City of North Platte WWTF
City of Columbus WWTF
City of Lincoln Northeast WWTF
City of Hastings WWTF
City of Grand Island WWTF
 
Small Facility < 2 MGD
City of Wilber WWTF
 
Industrial Facility
Tyson Fresh Meats - Lexington
Tyson Fresh Meats - Dakota City

 


2014 - Scott Wilbur Awards

Large Facility
City of Lincoln Theresa Street WWTF
Cit of Omaha Papillion Creek WWTP
 
Medium Facility 2-5 MGD
Cit of Norfolk WWTF
City of Fremont WWTF
City of Scottsbluff WWTF
City of North Platte WWTF
City of Columbus WWTF
City of Lincoln Northeast WWTF
City of Hastings WWTF
City of Grand Island WWTF
 
Small Facility < 2 MGD
City of Wilber WWTF
 
Industrial Facility
Tyson Fresh Meats - Lexington
Tyson Fresh Meats - Dakota City

 


The Safety Award

is a NWEA award given for outstanding safety programs within a wastewater treatment facility. The applicants are required to meet specific criteria and the recipients are selected by committee.

2016-2017 Safety Award Application

2015 - Safety Awards


 

10+ Operators
Gold City of Omaha - Pappillion Creek WWTP
Silver City of Grand Island

 

5 to 9 Operators
Gold City of Norfolk
Gold City of Scottsbluff
Gold City of Hastings
Silver City of Fremont
Bronze City of North Platte

 

1 to 4 Operators
Gold City of Blair
Silver City of Auburn

 

Industrial Operators
Gold Tyson Fresh Meats, Lexington
Silver Tyson Fresh Meats, Dakota City

 

2014 - Safety Awards


 

10+ Operators
Gold City of Grand Island
Gold City of Omaha, Papio Creek WWTP

 

5 to 9 Operators
Gold City of Hastings PPCF
Silver City of Norfolk
Bronze City of Scottsbluff WWTP
Platinum City of Beatrice WWTP
Platinum City of North Platte WWTF

 

1 to 4 Operators
Gold City of Blair
Silver City of Auburn

 

Industrial
Gold Tyson Fresh Meats, Lexington
Silver Tyson Fresh Meats, Dakota City

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