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Congratulations to Scott Aurit and thank you
for your service to the NWEA, WEF, and the Community

The Bedell Award was established to acknowledge
extraordinary personal service to a Water Environment
Federation (WEF) Member Association. Te award is named
for Arthur Sidney Bedell, WEF's second president for his long
devotion and service to the New York Sewage and Industrial
Wastes Association, now the New York Water Environment
Association. He was Chief of the Bureau of Sewage and Waste
Disposal of the New York State Department of Health.

Tis year’s recipient graduated with a degree in Biological
Systems Engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1999.
Scott played baseball for the University and later interned for
Lincoln Plating Company and Goodyear in college. Upon
graduation, he worked for Olsson Associates then joined Black
& Veatch in Kansas City, MO. He returned to his Nebraska
roots in 2004 taking a position at HDR working on projects in
Lincoln from 2004-2006 and in Omaha from 2006-2017.

Scott is passionate, dedicated and selfess. He coaches youth
sports, developing our youth into not only good athletes, but,
more importantly, young citizens of high moral character.
Scott was recently named Coach of the Year for the Millard
United Sports Baseball Organization. Scott is married to Sarah
and they have four children. JP, Gianna, Elizabeth,
and Andrew.

Scott’s professional achievements are many. With HDR, he
has taken on numerous challenging projects, most notably
serving as the Omaha CSO Program Project Delivery Team
Lead for the Implementation of the $2 billion, 18 year Omaha
CSO Program. If you have an Omaha CSO question or issue
to address, he’ll be the one with the answer! His NWEA
contributions are many, including serving as Chair of the
Great Plains Conference Committee for 4 years, serving on
the Executive Board including serving as President in 2016,
leading NWEA’s eforts in hosting the 2017 WEF Collection
Systems Specialty Conference in Omaha, and now serving
as a WEF Delegate-at-Large representing water quality
professionals from around the world.

Complimentary Memberships

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has provided NWEA with three (3) complimentary memberships for the 2019 calendar year as part of the WEFTEC 2017 Recruitment Initiative.  The NWEA membership committee is currently accepting applications from anyone interested in WEF membership that is not a member today.  Please help us grow our membership by notifying and/or encouraging non-members of this opportunity.  Please note, NWOD membership does not include the benefits of WEF membership.  That said, current NWOD members are eligible to apply.

Link to the Application Document

Interested members should submit a completed application to Blake Birkel (NWEA Membership Chair) by Monday, October 15th.

Blake’s contact information is as follows and is included on the application.

Submit Completed Applications to:

Blake Birkel, NWEA Membership Chair

11717 Burt Street; Suite 210

Omaha, Nebraska 68154

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