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There are over 20 categories for CWEA awards. Each one has been designed to honor exceptional CWEA members and California wastewater professionals, facilities and agencies. The program seeks to recognize outstanding achievements within the wastewater field, improve the professional status of all personnel working in the wastewater industry and related fields and stimulate public awareness of the importance of wastewater treatment to public health and the water environment.

Awards are given at the Local Section level first; recipients then advance to the State competition. CWEA will forward any State winners in categories corresponding with WEF's award categories to WEF by April 1st. Three weeks prior to Annual Conference, winners will be notified of their success. Most CWEA State awards are given at the Friday luncheon of the Annual Conference.

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LOCAL SECTION DEADLINE AWARD CHAIR
Central San Joaquin (CSJ) November 15 Tom Adams
Colorado River Basin (CORBS) TBD Felix Banuelos
Desert and Mountain (DAMS) October 23 Latif Laari
Golden Empire (GES) November 20 Mike Popichak
Los Angeles Basin (LABS)    
Monterey Bay (MBS) October 30 Akin Babatola
North Coast (NCS)    
Northern Sacramento Valley (NSV) November 18 John Dobson
Northern San Joaquin (NSJ) October 31 Scott Jacobs 
Sacramento Area (SAC) November 17 Ed Marlow
Redwood Empire (RED) September 28 Julian Kayne
San Diego (SD) November 22 Elmer Alex
San Francisco Bay (SFB) October 31 Arvind Akela
Santa Ana River Basin (SARBS) November 30 Wiliam Cassidy
Santa Clara Valley (SCV) TBD Dan Mills
Sierra Section December 11 James Schneider
Tri Counties (TRI) November 30 Brett Offerman

Established in 1929, CWEA’s awards program has grown to acknowledge outstanding achievement in more than 20 categories honoring exceptional California water environment professionals, collection systems, and treatment plants. 

The program seeks to recognize outstanding achievements within the wastewater field, improve the professional status of all personnel working in the wastewater industry and related fields and stimulate public awareness of the importance of wastewater treatment to public health and the water environment.

Nominations that advance through CWEA’s 17 local sections’ awards programs are eligible to compete statewide. 

Visit the Help page for details on the awards process, important dates and FAQs.