Award Description

This award is granted through the Water Environment Federation. CSWEA will make the application on behalf of candidates from the association.

This award was established by the WEF Board of Directors in 1993 to recognize individuals for outstanding performance, professionalism and contributions to the water quality analysis profession. The award consists of a plaque suitably inscribed with the recipient’s name and is presented by a Federation representative at the Member Association annual meeting.


Nomination Policy and Procedures

1.     Nominations and necessary documentation for the award shall be submitted to the State Section Laboratory or Operations Committee Chair no later than November 15 of each year.

2.     The State Section Committees shall submit the names of no more than one nominee from each State Section to the Association General Awards Committee Chair no later than December 1 of each year. The General Awards Committee will recommend a winner from the three nominees.

3.     Documentation shall include supportive data as required to demonstrate compliance with the award criteria outlined in subsequent subsections together with background and informational data pertaining to the nominee as appropriate. Letters of recommendation and commendation shall be included if available. Submittals shall be limited to six pages, with two supporting letters of reference, for a total of eight pages.

4.     Specific criteria include the following:

a.     Member of WEF and CSWEA.

b.     Employed at an educational facility, industrial, commercial or municipal laboratory that performs wastewater-related analyses and must have direct analytical responsibilities.

c.     Candidates are eligible for this award only once.

d.     Outstanding efforts in the area of wastewater and environmental aquatic analyses, including such items as innovative sampling techniques or solutions to a treatment, analytical or environmental problem.

e.     Involvement in community activities or public relations.

f.     Presentations at professional conferences, meetings, etc. relevant to water quality analysis.

g.     Professional certifications.

h.     Continuing education.

i.     Contributions that have been beneficial to the nominee’s facility.

j.     Unusual initiative or performance “beyond the call of duty.”


Laboratory Committee

1.     There may be a Laboratory Committee in each member state.

2.     The activities of the State Section Laboratory Committee shall be consistent with the objectives of the Association.

3.     The State Section Laboratory Committees goals are as follows:

a.     To establish and maintain contact with other agencies and organizations in their state relative to laboratory analyst issues,

b.     To obtain a member from each sponsoring agency for the State Section Lab Committee,

c.     To advise on training issues.

4.     Some of the specific activities that may be undertaken by the Laboratory Committees include:

a.     Annually Solicit nominations for the Laboratory Analyst Award from each respective State Section. To select and submit one nominee from the State Section to the General Awards Committee by December 1 for consideration.

b.     Coordinating education and training programs with appropriate agencies.


For Information, Contact:

Amy Haque
Phone: 855-692-7932



Rocio Durkot

City of Saint Cloud, Minnesota



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2021Jennifer Thoreson
2020Derek Budsberg
2019Danette Stout
2018Erick Hepp
2017Jan Orth
2016Autumn Fisher
2015Montgomery Baker
2014Stephen Hansen
2013Torell Geffers
2012Jeff Bratza
2011David Piquett
2010Judy Theon
2009Marc R. Zimmerman
2008Nora Erlandson
2007John Kennedy
2006Debra Cawley
2005Jeffery MacDonald
2004Janet Tiffany
2003Emma Kohl
2002Randy Thater
2001Marion Graham
2000Not Awarded
1999Michael Wierma
1998Greg Zelinka
1997Not awarded
1996David Kaptain
1995Jeffery MacDonald

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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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