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For most state awards, you must apply at the Local Section level first. All awards listed here indicate the award level for each.

Award Title Description Local Section Award State Award
Bedell Award (WEF Award Nominated by CWEA) The 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. No Yes
Collection System of the Year Given in recognition of outstanding maintenance programs, regulatory compliance and safety & training procedures.
Awards are given in three categories: Small, Medium and Large.
Yes Yes
Collection System Person of the Year Recognizes an individual for their innovation and excellence in collection systems maintenance. Yes Yes
Collection System PICK Recognizes volunteer efforts in service to the CWEA Collection Systems Committee with Professionalism, Ingenuity, Contribution and Knowledge. No Yes
Community Engagement & Outreach Best Use of Social Media Recognizes achievements in promoting awareness and understanding of water quality issues through the use of social media. Yes Yes
Community Engagement & Outreach Person of the Year Recognizes an individual’s achievements in promoting awareness and understanding of water quality issues. Yes Yes
Community Engagement & Outreach Program of the Year Recognizes significant achievements in promoting awareness and understanding of water quality issues. There are two categories – small and large. Yes Yes
Crystal Crucible The Laboratory committee recognizes significant participation in Wastewater Analysis, Education and Planning within a Wastewater Laboratory, along with 10 years of membership in CWEA. The nominee for this award must promote pride and safety in the workplace, teamwork, education and the promotion of professionalism in the wastewater laboratory field. No Yes
CWEA 5S Recognizes individuals active in protecting the water environment through participation in Local, State, and/or Federal sponsored activities. Nominations are being accepted through March 15, 2019. Please consider nominating your peers who have or are contributing to the advancement of the wastewater profession. This is not a self-nominating award.  Your peers count on you to recognize their achievements and nominate them. No Yes
CWEA Quarter Century Award Recognizes water professionals for their commitment to improving the quality of life and the protection of the environment. CWEA Quarter Century Recognition Program honorees have dedicated their careers in a challenging and most vital profession, the water environment field. These essential professionals who have spent countless hours improving our water environment include: Operators; Collection System, Maintenance, Laboratory, and Environmental Compliance personnel; Engineers; and Administrators. No Yes
Electrical Instrumentation Person of the Year Recognizes significant contributions to the field and an individual’s contribution to CWEA. Yes Yes
Emerging Leaders Recognizes accomplished water professionals who are making a significant, positive impact on California’s water and they have not yet been recognized for that effort.  No No
Engineering Achievement Recognizes outstanding projects by an individual, group or agency.  Yes Yes
George W. Burke  (No Application) Awarded to the highest score from the Safety nominations. This is a WEF award presented at the CWEA Annual Conference. This award was established in 1982 in honor of George W. Burke, Jr., for his many years of service to both the water environment field and WEF as staff manager of technical services. Mr. Burke was instrumental in developing WEF's annual safety survey and assisting in the production of several safety training aids and promotional packets. No Yes
Gimmicks & Gadgets Recognizes innovation and creativity in developing solutions to performing routine tasks or functions in maintenance, operations or construction of wastewater collection systems. CASH PRIZES! No Yes
Golden Manhole Honors the inductees and their employers for their combined contributions which promote increased professionalism in the collection systems field. The winners are chosen by the Collection Systems committee. No Yes
Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship​ The program provides annual scholarships for individuals attending a College, University, Community College or Technical Trade School and pursuing a course of study related to the Water Environment Field. It is awarded to applicants selected by the Scholarship Committee. No No
Laboratory Analyst (Awarded to winner of CWEA Lab Person of the Year - must be a WEF member) Recognizes individuals for outstanding performance, professionalism and contributions to the water quality analysis profession. The award is presented by a WEF representative at the WEF Member Association annual meeting. No Yes
Laboratory Person of the Year Recognizes involvement in projects that advance the science of laboratory technology and an individual’s contributions to CWEA. Yes Yes
Mechanical Technician of the Year Recognizes outstanding performance, dedication to the job, and for sharing knowledge of maintenance procedures. Yes Yes
Operator of the Year Recognizes outstanding contributions to the operations of wastewater treatment facilities and the application of knowledge to improve plant processes. Yes Yes
Outstanding Young Professional of the Year Recognizes professionals who demonstrate excellence in the profession and are under the age of 35. Yes Yes
Photo Contest Each year the CWEA Annual Conference Photography Committee holds a photo contest that aligns with the conference theme. CASH PRIZES! No Yes
P3S Facility of the Year The purpose of the FOTY Award is to create incentive on the part of industrial users taking proactive steps to meet current environmental pollution control standards. The FOTY Award gives an opportunity for CWEA members to provide positive publicity and recognition of the industrial user’s efforts and successes with protecting the water environment. No Yes (P3S State Only)
P3S Person of the Year Recognizes P3S professionals for exceptional achievement and contribution to the profession while being an active member of the CWEA. Yes Yes
Plant of the Year (Small, Medium, Large) Recognizes accomplishments in compliance, innovative practices, cost effectiveness, and superior plant performance in small, medium and large categories. Yes Yes
Research Achievement Recognizes outstanding engineering research by an individual, group, or agency. Yes Yes
Richard D. Pomeroy Presented for the practical application of an original concept that expands known techniques of wastewater collection. The nominee’s service must have been in any of the following areas: management, overall planning, operation and maintenance, facility design, education or training. Publication of a formal report of achievement is not required but is desirable. No Yes
Safety Plant of the Year  Awarded in three categories: small, medium and large. Criteria include number of injuries, lost-time accidents, record keeping, in-house training, emergency response and program implementation. Yes Yes
Stockholm Junior Water Prize      
Supervisor of the Year  Recognizes successful mentoring of team members, professional development, and effective communication. CWEA’s Leadership Development Committee selects the winner. Yes Yes
Stockholm Junior Water Prize The Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition is the world’s most prestigious water-science competition for students. The winner of the California competition will advance to the national level, and the winner of that event will represent America at the global competition in Sweden. No No
William D. Hatfield (WEF Award Nominated by CWEA Operations Committee) The award was established in honor of Dr. William D. Hatfield, Superintendent of the Decatur, Illinois Sanitary District, who was President of the Central States Sewage Works Association in 1944-45 and served as President of the Federation in 1958-59. No Yes