89 Main St., Suite 4, Montpelier, VT 05602   

  • Michael J. Garofano Water Operator of the Year Award for outstanding performance in system maintenance, protecting public health, and achievement beyond normal responsibilities.
  • Operator Excellence – Wastewater for outstanding performance in system maintenance, protecting public health, and achievement beyond normal responsibilities.
  • Facility Excellence – Water for outstanding Facilities exceeding system operation requirements. Recognition is for the entire Facility and staff.
  • Facility Excellence – Wastewater for outstanding Facilities exceeding system operation requirements. Recognition is for the entire Facility and staff.
  • Andrew D. Fish Laboratory Excellence for outstanding activity in laboratory performance at work, community service, education, committee participation, or other outstanding contribution.
  • Outstanding Industrial  – Operator for a significant accomplishment in operation, problem solving, crisis management, training, or understanding of industrial wastewater issues.
  • Outstanding Industrial – Facility for demonstrated commitment to clean water and pollution prevention, including implementation of water or wastewater treatment changes to address problems common to similar industries.
  • Bob Wood Young Professionals Award for achievements of a young professional operator, engineer, or academic student who have achieved noticeable contributions to the water environment, water or wastewater operations, and /or to GMWEA. (Nominee must be 30 or under).
  • Stormwater Award  (Individual or Organization) for outstanding performance in stormwater management and/or education, and significant contribution to the stormwater field.
  • Elizabeth A. Walker Meritorious Service Award  for exceptional contributions to the water-quality field.

 
New England Water Environment Association Awards

  • Alfred E. Peloquin Award for high level of interest, ability and performance in wastewater operations (nominate an individual)*
  • Operator of the Year Award for contributions to excellence in wastewater facility and system operations (nominate an individual)*

Each year, GMWEA honors operators, facilities, organizations, and companies that have demonstrated exceptional service to Vermont's water quality industry.  The 2017 awards were presented at our Spring Meeting & Conference, May 24, 2018, at the Killington Grand Hotel.  


We encourage all GMWEA members to make nominations! In January, 2019, please return to this page to nominate your deserving colleagues for one of the following award categories:

GMWEA Awards

2018 AWARDS FOR

SERVICE EXCELLENCE IN 2017


GMWEA is pleased to honor the following individuals and organizations for their outstanding service to their communities in 2017!  Congratulations -- and thank you!


Michael Garofono Water Operator Excellence: George Donovan, operator, Fair Haven Water Dept.; Mike Barsotti, director of water quality and production, Champlain Water District


Operator Excellence, Wastewater: Timothy Kingston, operator, Town of Brandon


Facility Excellence Award, Water: Grand Isle Consolidated Water District (SOS)


Facility Excellence Award, Wastewater:

Town of Richford WWTF


Andrew D. Fish Laboratory Excellence Award: Mike Swindell, operator, City of Burlington Main Wastewater Plant


Outstanding Industrial Operator Award: Gary Audy, contract chief operator for The Alchemist Brewery, Trapp Lager Brewery, and Swan Valley Cheese


Bob Wood Young Professional Award: Nick Giannetti, Vermont DEC Wastewater Management Program 


Stormwater Award (Individual): Annie Costandi, stormwater coordinator, Essex Town


Corporate Sponsor Award:Clean Waters, Inc.


Outstanding Industrial Facility Award: Stone Corral Brewery, Richmond


Elizabeth A  Walker Meritorious Service Award: Mark Simon, principal, Simon Operation Services (posthumous)


GMWEA President's Award:Eileen Toomey, customer service specialist, Endyne Labs;Town of Hartford


U.S. EPA Operations & Mantenance Award: Town of Milton


U.S. EPA Operator of the Year Award: Nate Lavallee, chief operator, Burlington North and East Plants​


U.S. EPA Energy Efficiency Award: Village of Essex Junction