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,
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.