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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) December 1 Felix Banuelos
Desert and Mountain (DAMS) November 13 Latif Laari
Golden Empire (GES) November 20 Mike Popichak
Los Angeles Basin (LABS) December 1 Valerie Ratto
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 Elba Mijango
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

Important dates for Awards Program:

  • August 1--Awards forms are posted to the website. Announcement links are sent to Local Section leaders. Please post on your websites and share with your members. 
  • Applications must be received by the Local Section Deadline (above). Contact your Local Section for deadline information if not listed here. Local Section's award chairs will assign judges to begin the judging process.
  • 2nd Friday of January--Deadline for all Local Sections to have completed judging and submitted winners for the state
  • 2nd Friday of January--Deadline for all state awards that do not go through the Local Section (Collection System Special Awards)
  • 3rd Friday of January--Judges from each committee are assigned to each category 
  • March 1 - All committee judges must have judging complete
  • April 1 - CWEA will forward any State winners in categories corresponding with WEF's award categories to WEF (Laboratory Analyst, Burke, Hatfield)
  • Three weeks prior to Annual Conference, nominees and winners will be notified of their success
  • Friday at the Annual Conference - Most CWEA State awards are given at the Friday luncheon of the Annual Conference

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.