ACWA Awards—2013

The ACWA presents its annual awards at the Summer Conference to recognize our outstanding members and the special contributions of individuals.

The annual awards are given to an Outstanding Individual and Outstanding Member Agency excelling in any of the areas of pollution prevention, environmental leadership, or innovation in environmental management.

The criteria for each of the categories includes:

Pollution Prevention

  • A program or action which eliminated or drastically reduced a source of pollution to a water resource which was untreated or undertreated prior to the program or action, or
  • An existing program which is operated in an outstanding manner and the program prevents pollution to a water resource, or is an integral part of a program which does.

Environmental Leadership

  • A person or an agency which demonstrates effective leadership in creating positive environmental changes regarding a water-related resource.

Innovation in Environmental Management

  • A program which solves a new or existing water resource-related problem. This program should be adaptable to other agencies. In considering nominations in this category, the Board will be mindful of the relative resources of different agencies.

Roseburg Urban Sanitary District (RUSA)

RUSA’s Natural Treatment System is a model for its use of natural systems to treat wastewater. Faced with a TMDL limiting phosphorus discharges by over 97% and associated temperature restrictions, RUSA installed a natural treatment system, the first of this scale in Oregon. The Natural Treatment System uses a combination of soil reactions, plant uptake, and nutrient storage in a system of constructed wetlands, enhanced pre-existing wetlands, farm lands, and forested areas to treat the effluent from RUSA’s 3 MGD average dry weather flow.

Award given to Roseburg Urban Sanitary District (RUSA)
pictured is Ron Thames, General Manager

To meet stringent effluent limits by constructing a conventional treatment plant, the cost estimate was $100 million, plus $6 million in annual O&M. RUSA was able to design and install the natural treatment system for $9 million with a $2 million operating cost—one-third the cost of a conventional system.

The RUSA Natural Treatment System is a model for Oregon and Northwest communities to meet ever more stringent water quality standards using natural systems.



City of Florence
Environmentally sound management of biosolids is a challenge for all Oregon wastewater utilities, but it is especially so for rainy coastal areas. ACWA recognizes the environmental leadership of the City of Florence for its Class A biosolids project.

City of Florence award

With permit restrictions, land application challenges and 76-inches of annual rainfall, the City was hauling dewatered biosolids to the Short Mountain Landfill outside of Eugene—about a 140-mile round trip. Florence was hauling 3,600 tons of biosolids to the landfill each year. By taking the community’s chipped yard debris and combining it with a Class A biosolids product, Florence is reducing costs for ratepayers and producing a great soil amendment for their community—a valuable commodity in Florence which has mostly sand. According to Public Works Director Mike Miller, strong Council support and involvement was critical. “One of our Council members is a great gardener and real supporter of this project. She is tickled pink with the product,” reported Miller. “She grew a few tomatoes in our composted biosolids over the summer, and brought them to me and the City Manager to test—they were delicious and made the best BLT.”

Lynne Kennedy

Lynne Kennedy, recently retired from the City of Gresham, was recognized as ACWA 2013 outstanding individual for her leadership in shepherding the ACWA approach and strategy for permitting Underground Injection Control (UIC) wells.

Lynne worked with the Groundwater Committee and a task force of ACWA members to develop a project to compile and analyze all the stormwater data collected in Oregon over the past 20 years, providing a scientific basis for UIC permit development. She coordinated closely with DEQ staff to build a positive relationship, proactively addressed the concerns of environmental public interest groups, reviewed and commented on numerous draft permits, and then convinced Gresham to ‘lead off’ as the first Oregon community to receive the revised WPCF permit.

This work is in addition to Lynne’s many accomplishments at the City of Gresham, and her many years of service at the Oregon DEQ.

This work is in addition to Lynne’s many accomplishments at the City of Gresham, and her many years of service at the Oregon DEQ.

Special Recognition
Bob Baumgartner, Clean Water Services
Mark Laundauer, Special Districts Association of Oregon

ACWA recognized the hard work by Bob Baumgartner of Clean Water Services and Mark Landauer of Special Districts Association of Oregon for their effort on a tough problem that plagues all wastewater plants—Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG).

Through the hard work of Mark and Bob, the State Plumbing Board revised the Plumbing Code last December, expanding FOG requirements to all sinks in a kitchen and requiring increased capacity for grease removal devices.

While there is still a ways to go in solving all the FOG issues related to restaurants in our service areas, the revisions to the plumbing code were a huge step forward, and would not have been possible without the many hours of hard work by Mark and Bob.

See CURRENT ACWA Award Winners (2016)


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