The Golden Manhole Society is a professional society formed through the efforts of the WEF’s Collection System Committee. The WEF Collection System Committee has encouraged each of its Member Associations (MA’s) create a society within its association that recognizes significant contributions by individuals to the field of wastewater collection systems. Election to the CSWEA Golden Manhole Society is made by members of the society. The individual receives a certificate and a Golden Manhole lapel pin.

The Golden Manhole Award is presented at the Annual meeting to members from each State Section in recognition of their involvement in the operation management or design or operator education associated with Sanitary Sewer Systems.


Policy and Procedures

1.     The society shall designate a society member to solicit candidates for consideration during the Annual Meeting and to maintain society records.

2.     The present members of the “Golden Manhole” Society shall meet during the Annual Meeting to elect members from each State Section, and nationally, whom they feel merit the recognition of this award.

3.     Membership emblems for the Golden Manhole Society shall be provided.


For Information, Contact:

Michael G. Holland, P.E.
Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District
303 Hollister Ave, P.O. Box 624
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
Office: (815) 758-3513



2022Illinois: Kate Despinoy & Paul Siegfried
Wisconsin: Tom Dickson
Honorary/Other: Gustavo Gallo
2021Illinois: Tom Romza
Minnesota: Rachel Kranz & Robert Walton
Wisconsin: Tim Birkel
2020Not Awarded
2019Wisconsin: Chris Stambroski
Honorary/Other: Rajendra Bhattarai
2018Wisconsin: Brian Vander Loop & Peter Vanrolleghem (WEF)
Honorary/Other: Katie Hassing
2017Illinois: Cyrus McMains
Minnesota: Rick Ashling & Chris Harrington
Wisconsin: Amy Post & Jerad Wegner
2016Illinois: Aaron Berry
Minnesota: Dianne Matthews
Wisconsin: Jack Saltes & Allan Wheeler
Honorary/Other: Lynn Broaddus (WEF) & Steve Dye (WEF)
2015Illinois : John Manijak
Minnesota : Wade Klingsporn
Wisconsin : Tim Zimmerman
Honorary/Other : Paul Bowen (WEF) & Linda Kelly (WEF)
2014Illinois : Todd Sheridan & Bob Swirsky
Minnesota : Dean Nelson & Frank Stuemke
Wisconsin : Kevin Freber & Sam Warp
Honorary/Other : Sandra Ralston (WEF)
2013Illinois : Nick Menninga
Minnesota : Joe Rubbelke & Kay Curtin
Wisconsin : Mark Kolczaski
Honorary/Other : John Hart (WEF)
2012Illinois : Zach Matyja
Minnesota : Al Parrella & Del Haag
Wisconsin : Randy Belanger
Honorary/Other : Jeff Eger (WEF)
2011Illinois : Matt Streicher & Mike Holland
Minnesota : Sandy Mass & Chris Kleist
Wisconsin : Thomas Steinback
Honorary/Other : Ed McCormick (WEF)
2010Illinois : Derek Wold
Minnesota : Todd Carlson & Anthony Talamantez
Wisconsin : Andy Craven & Dan Lynch
Honorary/Other : Chris Browning (WEF)
2009Illinois : Mark Eddington
Minnesota : Greg Guerrero & Bill Moeller
Wisconsin : Ruth Delay & Todd Stelmacher
Honorary/Other : Adam Zabinski (WEF)
2008Illinois: Jim Daugherty & Eric Lecuyer
Minnesota : Alva Rankin & Tom Fournier
Wisconsin : Ron Dickrell & Steve Godfrey
Honorary/Other : Charles Weir (WEF)
2007Minnesota : Craig Anderson & Linda Mullen
Wisconsin : Jim Beier & Ned Paschke
Honorary/Other : Mickael J. Read (WEF)
2006Illinois : Bob Clavel & Dennis Streicher
Minnesota : Stephen Lipinski
Wisconsin : Mike Krosnosky & Mike Spence
2005Wisconsin : Keith Alexander & Jim Fratrick
Honorary/Other : Mohamed Dahab (WEF)
2004Illinois : Al Rae
Minnesota : Howard Jacobson
Wisconsin : Tom Bunker, Mike Pierner, Joan Hawley
Honorary/Other : Lynn Orphan (NV)
2003Illinois : Larry Cox, Tom Muth, Tom Hoeft, Ron Lyman, Steve Graceffa
Minnesota : Denis McKenzie, Gene Erikson, Jim Miller, George Rosati, Denny Martin
Wisconsin : Tom Krueger, Frank Tiefert, Tim Bate, John Leonhard, Jim Smith
2002Illinois : Mohammed Haque
Minnesota : Randy Poore
Wisconsin : Nancy Schultz
2000Wisconsin : Paul Lange


Mission Statement

To provide a Water Environment Federation (WEF) organization (Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin) offering multiple opportunities for the exchange of water quality knowledge and experiences among its members and the public and to foster a greater awareness of water quality achievements and challenges.

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