CSWEA William D. Hatfield Award

Award Description

Established in 1946. Originally given (1946-54) for outstanding treatment plant annual reports. Since 1956, this award has been given for outstanding treatment plant operations.

Hatfield Sub-Committee Chair

Mary Fralish
Phone: 507-387-8665


Past Recipients

2017 – Larry Rogacki
2016 – Sue E. Baert
2015 – Eric R. Lecuyer
2014 – Dale Doerr
2013 – John Leonhard
2012 – Rick Pace
2011 – Mary Fralish
2010 – Dan Lynch
2009 – Dan Busch
2008 – Steve Reusser
2007 – Albert Parrella
2006 – Dennis Streicher
2005 – Terry Jackson
2004 – Paul Thormodsgard
2003 – Dennis Lindeke
2002 – Thomas Bunker
2001 – Mike Callahan
2000 – Robert Clavel
1999 – Eugene D. Lukasik
1998 – Bob Zimmerman
1997 – David Frey
1996 – Dean Faulkner
1995 – Phillip C. Morgan
1994 – Paul Nehm
1993 – Ronald W. Dickrell
1992 – James E. Miller
1991 – Joseph L. Gehin
1990 – James L. Daugherty
1989 – Roger W. Sherman
1988 – Charles R. DeWolf
1987 – Lawrence C. Cox
1986 – Carl Garrison
1985 – Frank D. Munsey
1984 – Larry Hughes
1983 – James L. Nemke
1982 – Roger C. Andrew
1981 – Albin D. Pagorski
1980 – Joseph D. Styx
1979 – Axel A. Jensen

1978 – John W. Wagner
1977 – Roger Haag
1976 – Albert J. Winter
1975 – Grant Haugstad
1974 – Gary K. Coates
1973 – Otto W. Kuehne
1972 – James Mayhugh
1971 – Merrill D. Baldwin
1970 – Maurice D. Robins
1969 – James D. Pastika
1968 – David W. Martin
1967 – Jack F. Giles
1966 – Paul Troemper
1965 – Clyde F. Lehman
1964 – Walter C. Hogensen
1963 – J. Edward Meers
1962 – Raymond D. Leary
1961 – Carl A. Lund
1960 – D. A. Whitlock
1959 – Frank I. Vilen
1958 – Kerwin L. Mick
1957 – Ronald A. Kronewitter
1956 – G. Knoebel
1955 – (No Nominee)
1954 – J. E. Meers
1953 – (No Nominee)
1952 – (No Nominee)
1951 – J. E. Meers
1950 – Walter A. Sperry
1949 – George W. Martin
1948 – Kerwin L. Mick, F. E. Peterson

1947 – F. E. Peterson,
Warren H. Sleeger, George J. Schroepfer

1946 – W. M. Kunsch



Award Criteria

  1. The Hatfield Award Subcommittee, formed under the General Awards Committee, shall be responsible for:
    1. Receiving from each State Section Operations Committee the nominations of one wastewater treatment facility operator from each member state of the Association for the Operations Award.
    2. Nominating one wastewater treatment facility operator in one of the member states of the Association for the William D. Hatfield Award.
  2. The purpose of the Operations Award and the Hatfield Award is to recognize operators of wastewater treatment facilities who are:
    1. performing their duties in an outstanding manner, and
    2. demonstrating distinguished professionalism.

    Whether an Award is recommended or not, the Hatfield Award Subcommittee shall submit a report to the Chair of the General Awards Committee.

  3. The Hatfield Award Subcommittee shall consist of at least two representatives from each of the member of the Association, plus a Chair. The Association officers shall consult with each State Section when appointing the Subcommittee.
  4. One Operations Award may be made annually to an operator from each of the member states. Nominees shall be identified by State Section Operations Committees.
    1. The Operations Award shall be an appropriate Plaque, which will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association.
    2. The Hatfield Award Subcommittee will submit the names, addresses, and biographical material for operators selected by State Section Operations Committees, to the Chair of the General Awards Committee, no later than January 1st.
  5. As a general guide in determining the nominees of the Operations Award, State Section Operations Committees shall consider the following basis of selection, which is recommended, but not required:
    1.   Efficiency of treatment, considering available facilities and effluent requirements on the plant, along with effects of the effluent on the receiving waters 25
    2.   Housekeeping of facilities 10
    3.   Public relations 10
    4.   In-service training and upgrading of subordinate operators 10
    5.   Preventive maintenance emergency operation and safety practices 15
    6.   Compilation of, and dissemination of in-plant studies and routine operation data to regulatory agencies and to the profession 15
    7.   Preparation and dissemination of annual report 10
    8.   General administration 5

    The above criteria shall be transmitted annually by the Hatfield Award Subcommittee to each Chair of State Section Operations Committees.

  6. In addition to the guidelines suggested for the Operations Award, the following five items must be elaborated on in detail for each Hatfield Award nomination submitted to the General Awards Committee:
    1. Public relations involving the operator.
    2. The businesslike accounting and budgeting conducted along with the maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant.
    3. The operating and annual reports which are submitted to the operator’s superior officials and which provide the basis for plant improvements, efficiency of treatment, and economy of operation.
    4. The advancement of the art and knowledge of wastewater treatment by innovative in-plant studies and the dissemination of the results to others in the field.
    5. Dissemination of information concerning wastewater treatment operation and maintenance through papers, articles, meetings, training sessions and reports.
  7. Although the Hatfield Award is a WEF Award, it is presented (following approval by Association Executive Committee and the WEF House of Delegates, at the next Association Annual Meeting by a representative of WEF.
  8. It shall be the responsibility of the Hatfield Award Subcommittee to prepare the necessary documentation and a brief statement in support of the Hatfield Award nominee. The statement shall be submitted, no later than January 1st, to the Chair of the General Awards Committee by the Subcommittee Chair. The Following Executive Committee approval, the Executive Director shall forward the name of the recommended Hatfield nominee to WEF for final approval by the WEF House of Delegates.


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