Annual Awards

Annual awards are a great way to honor your fellow operators and wwoa members. The awards are presented annually at the state conference, nomination forms are due by August 1.  Members currently serving on the  Board of Directors are not eligible to receive these awards.

Included behind each link are photos of the most recent award winners.

2021 Award Nomination Form (pdf)

2021 Award Nomination Form (MS Word)

Background Info for Awards

 

* ASSOCIATION AWARDS *

George F Bernauer

Criteria include successful plant performance, and/or successful solution of important or complicated operational problems, and/or outstanding contributions in the field of wastewater technology in the State of Wisconsin. The nominee may be a municipal, industrial, or institutional operator, administrator, or educator in Wisconsin. It is not limited to WWOA members.  Members currently serving on the  Board of Directors are not eligible to receive this award.

Award includes a plaque, framed certificate, and complimentary banquet dinner ticket and hotel accommodations for the evening of the banquet (if needed). 

NOTE:  The person who nominated the award recipient is responsible for letting the Executive Secretary know if the award winner needs a hotel room for the evening of the banquet.

Listing of Past Bernauer Award Recipients

 

Koby Crabtree

Awarded to a WWOA member for excellence in technical support provided to others in the field of wastewater treatment. The individual should be a recognized authority in wastewater, share knowledge through presentations, contribute to problem solving, and provide service regardless of compensation.  Members currently serving on the  Board of Directors are not eligible to receive this award.

Award includes a plaque, framed certificate, and complimentary banquet dinner ticket and hotel accommodations for the evening of the banquet.

NOTE:  The person who nominated the award recipient is responsible for letting the Executive Secretary know if the award winner needs a hotel room for the evening of the banquet.

Listing of Past Crabtree Award Recipients

 

Albers-Templeton Service Award

Presented to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the WWOA in the areas of promotion, operation, management, program participation, or education. The nominee must be an active member of WWOA for a period of at least ten years.  Members currently serving on the  Board of Directors are not eligible to receive this award.

Award includes a plaque, framed certificate, and complimentary banquet dinner ticket and hotel accommodations for the evening of the banquet.

NOTE:  The person who nominated the award recipient is responsible for letting the Executive Secretary know if the award winner needs a hotel room for the evening of the banquet.

Listing of Past Service Award Recipients

 

Newcomer of the Year

Recognizes an operator, support staffer, or environmental technician with less than three years of experience as of August 1st of the year nominated. The nominee should demonstrate higher than average growth in their place of employment, a willingness to learn, innovation on the job, and exceptional enthusiasm for their profession. The nominator should be a supervisor, manager, peer, co-worker, or DNR personnel familiar with the day-to-day efforts of the nominee. WWOA membership is not required, and a two-year membership or renewal is included in the award.  Members currently serving on the Board of Directors are not eligible to receive this award.

Award includes a plaque, framed certificate, and complimentary two-year membership to WWOA.

Listing of Past Newcomer Award Recipients

 

Membership Award

Given to the person who sponsored the most new members joining WWOA for the year.  This is determined by the website database.  There is a report that we run every year called the Annual Membership Award Report.

Award includes a framed certificate.

 

Lifetime Members

A Life Member shall be one who has been an Active Member for 25 years or more in the WWOA and its predecessor  organizations (Wisconsin Wastewater Works Operators Conference and Wisconsin Wastewater Works Operators Conference Incorporated,, or a total of 25 years in all.  Life Members shall have the same voting privileges as Active Members and Honorary Members.  Life Members shall receive a 20% discount on current active membership dues.  A Life Member wishing to hold an office in the Organization may do so only if they are paying full active membership dues.

Award includes a framed certificate, laminated membership card, and complimentary banquet dinner ticket.

 

Honorary Members

Any active member can be elected to an Honorary Membership through special recognition and approval procedures. An Honorary Member is not required to pay dues.

Listing of Honorary Members

 

* REGIONAL AWARDS *

Region of the Year Awards

The WWOA is comprised of six regions, the Southern, Southeastern, Lake Michigan, North Central, Northwest, and West Regions.

This award is presented annually to a region that has done outstanding work in their respective areas of the state.  The regions promote the organization by bringing training and support to local communities, wastewater treatment plants, and operators.  The regions also provide information to their area about the WWOA organization through the state and regional website.  The regions also provide written information to the official WWOA publication The Clarifier.

 

List of Past Region of the Year Winners

 

Regional Operator of the Year Awards

Given to someone who has demonstrated excellent plant performance, and/or successful solution to a problem, and/or contributions to the wastewater field. It is open to Wisconsin operators of municipal, industrial, or institutional wastewater treatment facilities. Operators may or may not be Certified. Eligible candidates include those working in a variety of areas, including general plant operations, biosolids, collections, engineering, lab operations, maintenance, etc. The nominee must be at least a five-year member of WWOA.

Award includes a plaque and a framed certificate

 

List of Past Regional Operator of the Year (Lake Michigan)

List of Past Regional Operator of the Year (North Central)

List of Past Regional Operator of the Year (Northwest)

List of Past Regional Operator of the Year (Southern)

List of Past Regional Operator of the Year (Southeast)

List of Past Regional Operator of the Year (West Central)

 

Please note that the Regional Operator of the Year Award nominations should be submitted to the Regional officers listed on the nomination form by July 24, 2021.  All other awards need to be submitted to the WWOA Awards Committee Chair by August 1, 2021 for consideration.

For further information on the awards, the nomination procedure, or if you have a question if a potential nominee meets specific award criteria, direct inquiries to the Awards Committee Chair or send an email to: awards@wwoa.org.  Thank you in advance for taking the time and effort to nominate individuals and allowing WWOA to recognize these deserving recipients!