Awards Ceremony

Awards Ceremony & Luncheon

Wednesday, January 24, 2024


The New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA), through its Awards Committee, has completed the year long process of nomination, selection and promotion of the 2023 slate of awards recipients.

These Awards recognize “the best of the best” of water quality professionals from within the 2,000-member NEWEA organization, plus additional “stars” from the Public Education, Journalism, Educational Institution, and Municipal Utility/Public Works community. Visit our awards program to learn more about the range of awards we present.

As always, the Awards Program will also include outstanding performance awards given by the US EPA New England Region.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, January 24, 2024 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (tickets required). Attendance is limited and is known to “sell out”.


Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Abhinav Avvaru, Nashua, NH
Alexander Busko, Bangor, ME
HyeonKi Lee, Gill, MA
Naomi Park, Riverside, CT

NEWEA Scholarship
Non-Environmental Major
Owen Callaghan, University of Maine
Environmental Major
Varsha Niroula, University of Massachusetts

NEWEA Kate Biedron Memorial Scholarship
Ella Quinn, University of Massachusetts

NEWEA Terry Campbell Memorial Scholarship
Dominic Perkins, University of Maine


Alfred E. Peloquin Award
Thomas Tyler, Hartford, CT
Philip K. Tucker, York, ME
John Downey, Dedham, MA
Sharon L. Nall, Concord, NH
Nathan Boiros, Providence, RI
Bernard J. Fleury, Essex Junction, VT

Biosolids Management Award
Mary Waring, Brunswick, ME

Clair N. Sawyer Award
Nick Tooker, Amherst, MA

Committee Service Award
Kevin Garvey, Andover, MA

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Leadership Award
Jasmine Strout, Westford, MA

E. Sherman Chase Award
Jane LaMorte, Stafford Springs, CT

Elizabeth A. Cutone Executive Leadership Award
Steven J. King, North Kingstown, RI

Energy Management Achievement Award
Hall Street Wastewater Treatment Plant, Concord, NH

Founders Award
James R. Barsanti, Boston, MA

James J. Courchaine Collection Systems Award
Kevin Brander, Woburn, MA

Operator Award
David Milano, Cheshire, CT
Keefe Cyr, Bangor, ME
Eric Kerr, Chicopee, MA
Sam Heffron, Newmarket, NH
Kathy Perez, South Kingstown, RI
Matt Dow, Burlington, VT

Past President’s Plaque and Pin
Frederick J. McNeill, Manchester, NH

Paul Keough Award
Sarah Robertson, Montague, MA

Wastewater Utility Management Award
North Conway, NH Water Precinct

Youth Educator Award
Jeff Kalmes, Billerica, MA

Young Professional Award
Casey Rosenberg, Bedford, NH


Arthur Sidney Bedell Award
Matt Formica, Chelmsford, MA

Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award
Walter Palm, Providence, RI

Operations Challenge Competition – Div II 2nd Place*
Rising Sludge

William D. Hatfield Award
Sean Greig, Newmarket, NH

Quarter Century Operators’ Club*
Erik Bailey, Johnson, VT
Chris Robinson, Shelburne, VT
Mary Waring, Brunswick, ME

WEF Operator Scholarship*
Mitchell Ryan, Greenfield, MA

George W. Burke, Jr Award
Cohassett, MA WWTP

WEF Fellow*
Jennifer Kelly Lachmayr, Wakefield, MA
John Trofatter, Land O’ Lakes, FL

WEF Delegate-at-Large Award
Matt Formica, Chelmsford, MA

WEF Delegate Award
Peter Garvey, Boston, MA

*Presented at WEFTEC 2023

US EPA – Region 1 New England Awards

Wastewater Treatment Plant O&M Excellence Award
Burrillville, Rhode Island
Michael Emond, Superintendent
Hanover, NH Water Reclamation
Kevin MacLean, Superintendent
Wells, ME Sanitary District
Nick Rico, Superintendent

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year Excellence Award
Nate Brown, Peterborough, NH WWTF
Dan Copp, Johnson, VT WWTF
Joseph Gaudiana, Ludlow, VT WWTF
Kenneth LaCasse, Hardwick, MA WWTF
Kathy Perez, South Kingstown, RI WWTF
Robert Wells, Middlebury, VT WWTF

Wastewater Trainer of the Year
Betty Green, B. Green L&P Consulting

Industrial Pretreatment Program of the Year
Greater Lawrence Sanitary District, MA
Colleen Spero, Monitoring Manager
City of Nashua, NH
Douglas Starr, Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator

Lifetime Achievement Award
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
William L. Patenaude (retired)