HRSD Awards

HRSD has been recognized as an industry leader at the national, state, and local levels. Recent awards include:

National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)--Formerly AMSA

Public Information & Education National Environmental Achievement Award for the Education Program H2w0w: Wonders of Water (2016)

Operations & Environmental Performance National Environmental Achievement Award for HRSD Nutrient Removal Program: Advancement Through Management of Sidestream Loads initiative (2014)

Research & Technology National Environmental Achievement Award for the joint initiative with DC Water, Mainstream Deammonification—A New "Blue Print" for Cost Effective, Sustainable Nutrient Removal (2014)

Excellence in Management Award (2013)

Peak Performance Awards (2015)
The Army Base Treatment Plant was honored for 29 consecutive years of perfect permit compliance, an achievement unsurpassed in the nation. The other major treatment plants received the following awards in recognition of their outstanding permit compliance status: Atlantic Plant—Gold, Boat Harbor—Platinum (14 consecutive years), Chesapeake-Elizabeth—Platinum (6 consecutive years), James River—Gold, Nansemond—Platinum (14 consecutive years), Virginia Initiative Plant—Platinum (20 consecutive years), Williamsburg—Platinum (21 consecutive years) and York River—Platinum (8 consecutive years). Treatment plants in the Small Communities Division earned the following honors: Central Middlesex—Gold, King William—Gold, Urbanna—Silver and West Point—Platinum (5 consecutive years).

Elizabeth River Project

Inside Business River Star Hall of Fame Award (2016)
Sustained Distinguished Performance - Model Level River Star business (2016)
Living Lafayette Award (2014)

Fiscal Year 2017 Awards Received by HRSD Staff

VWEA 5-S Society: Shawn Heselton, Chief of South Shore Interceptor Systems
VWEA Enslow-Hedgepeth Award: Dr. Charles Bott, Director of Water Technology and Research
VWEA William D. Hatfield Award: Brian McNamara, Army Base Treatment Plant Manager
VWEA Young Professional of the Year: Ryan Radspinner, Hydraulics Analysis Manager
WaterJAM Technical Program Commitment Award: Gary Hart, Chief of South Shore Design & Construction
WEF Collections Systems Award: Phil Hubbard, Special Assistant for Compliance Assurance
WEF Fellow: Dr. Charles Bott, Director of Water Technology and Research
WEF Outstanding Young Water Environment Professional Award: Lauren Zuravnsky, Project Manager

Government Financial Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA)

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (33 consecutive years)

International Water Association

Project Innovation Honour Award for Applied Research presented to HSRD and its project partners for: Unlocking the Mysteries of Mainstream Deammonification — A Paradigm Shift for the Wastewater Industry (2014)

United Way of South Hampton Roads

Campaign Bronze Trail Blazer Award (2015 and 2014)

United Way of the Virginia Peninsula

Certificate of Appreciation (2016)

US Green Building Council

Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for HRSD's South Shore Operations Center (2014)

Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA)

George W. Burke, Jr. Safety Award presented to Chesapeake-Elizabeth Treatment Plant

Virginia Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Courageous Service Award presented to a North Shore Interceptor Operations Team

Water Environment Federation (WEF)

Water Resources Utility of the Future Today (2016)
Operations Challenge Competition 2014 - Division 2: First Place (Overall)


Highlights of HRSD's Past Honors

2013 +

2013 Elizabeth River Project Sustained Distinguished Performance - Model Level River Star business

2013 Water Environment Federation (WEF) Operations Challenge Competition - Division 2: First Place (Overall)

2013 Hampton Roads Alliance for Environmental Education (HRAEE) Increasing Communications Award

2013 National Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP) Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award

2013 Virginia Tech Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Short School Certificate recognizing HRSD’s commitment to improving plant operations within the Commonwealth of Virginia for 37 consecutive years

2013 American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES) Honor Award in the Environmental Sustainability category for "HRSD York River Treatment Plant Demon Sidestream Deammonification Process Implementation"

2013 Grand Prize for Research in partnership with DC Water for "Unlocking the Mysteries of Mainstream Deammonification - A Paradigm Shift in the Wastewater Industry"

2013 US Green Building Council Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for HRSD's North Shore Operations Center

2013 Engineers Club of Hampton Roads Project of the Year for HRSD's Force Main Condition Assessment Program

2012 +

2012 United Way of South Hampton Roads Campaign Bronze Trail Blazer Award

2011 +

2011 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Virginia Grand Award for Atlantic Treatment Plant Expansion Phase I designed by HDR

2011 Five Bronze TELLY Awards for the Atlantic Treatment Plant video - Editing, Education, Miscellaneous, Social Issues and Videography/Cinematography

2011 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award Silver Award Recognizing Nansemond Treatment Plant's Three Environmental Improvement Projects

2010 +

2010 National Council of Public-Private Partnerships Innovation Award for the Nansemond Treatment Plant Struvite Recovery Facility

2010/2011 Hampton Roads Red Cross "Power Pint" Award

2000s +

2009 Engineers Club of Hampton Roads 2009 Engineering Excellence Award for Dam Neck Annex Energy Saving Performance Contract (A U.S. Navy-Trane-HRSD partnership)

2009 Keep Norfolk Beautiful Environmental Stewardship Award, Green Building Pioneer Category

2009 Presidential Energy Award, Leadership in Federal Energy Management for Dam Neck Annex Energy Saving Performance Contract (A U.S. Navy-Trane-HRSD partnership)

2009 The Hampton Roads Utility and Heavy Contractors Association (HRUHCA) Municipal Award

2008 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Virginia Honor Award for the King William Treatment Plant expansion designed by McKim & Creed PA

2008 American Academy of Environmental Engineers Excellence in Environmental Engineering Award for the design of the York River Treatment Plant upgrade and expansion designed by Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.

2007 Emerson Users' Group International Innovation Award for the design and installation of a Distributed Control System at the Virginia Initiative Plant

2006 Public Information and Education Award for 65th Anniversary Commemorative Calendar

2005 Norfolk Grand Illumination Parade Second Place Award to HRSD Employees' Association

2004 American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina (ACEC) Honors Award for Engineering Excellence for the York River Reclamation Facility

2004 National Second Place Clean Water Act Recognition Award for Pretreatment Program Excellence

2004 National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) 25th Anniversary Award

2003 AMSA Public Information and Education Award for Ocean Lakes Environmental Education Program

2003 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Partners for the 21st Century Award

2003 Water Reuse Association Outstanding Project of the Year Award for the York River Treatment Plant

2002 AMSA Operations Award for Small Communities Program

2002 AMSA Public Information and Education Award for Boater Education Program

2002 WEF International Operations Challenge Champions

2001 AMSA Public Information and Education Award for 60th Anniversary Commemorative Calendar

2001 AMSA Public Information and Education Award for Celebrate Farming Day

2001 United Way Hero Award recognizing HRSD North Shore (Peninsula) staff for greatest goal increase

2001 Virginia Resources Authority Award of Excellence Finalist in recognition of best practices in infrastructure planning, design, and financing

2001 Virginia Tech Award of Appreciation recognizing HRSD for 25 years of commitment, service, and support for the annual Short School for Treatment Plant Operators

1990s +

1999 Norfolk Environmental Commission Award of Excellence for Environmental Stewardship

1996 Municipal Treasurers' Association of the Unites States and Canada Certification of Excellence Award

1995 EPA National First Place for Outstanding Pretreatment Program

1994 AMSA Operations Award for Interceptor Systems Training Program

1992 American Academy of Environmental Engineers Grand Prize

1992 American Consulting Engineers Council Grand Award for Engineering Excellence

1992 AMSA Public Information and Education Award for 50th Anniversary Booklet

1992 National Association of Management and Technical Assistance Centers Project of the Year for Technology Transfer - Biosolids Ash

1991 AMSA Research and Technology Award

1991 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award for Resource Conservation

1990 American Academy of Environmental Engineers Honor Award for Research

1990 American Consulting Engineers Council of Metropolitan Washington, Grand Conceptor Award for Outstanding Engineering Achievement

1989 EPA National First Place for Outstanding Biosolids Project





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