Oct 09, 2020

WEF Announces Winners of Awards for Innovation and Management of Storm Water Programs

The 2020 National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Award Winners have been announced.

 

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18 municipalities received recognition for excellence in innovation and program management in the 2020 National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards. These awards celebrate administrators of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) that perform beyond regulatory requirements, according to the press release.

The National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards were developed and introduced in 2015 by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

MS4s are separated into two classifications based on the population of the communities they serve, and the awards are distributed according to those classifications – Phase I, which encompasses cities with more than 100,000 customers, and Phase II, which encompasses smaller storm sewer systems, and public universities, departments of transportation, hospitals, and prisons.

The winners of the 2020 National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards are: 

  • Phase I Overall Winner: City of Charlotte Storm Water Services, North Carolina
  • Phase II Overall Winner: Capitol Region Watershed District, Minnesota
  • Phase I Program Management Winner: Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works, Maryland
  • Phase II Program Management Winner: City of Alexandria, Virginia
  • Phase I Innovation Winner: Metro Nashville Water Services – Stormwater NPDES Office, Tennessee
  • Phase II Innovation Winner: Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District – St. Louis MS4 Co-Permittee Group, Missouri

In addition to the winners, the other applicants were categorized into levels signifying their status among other MS4 communities across the country. Each MS4 will receive a certificate indicating either Gold, Silver or Bronze level status in both program management and innovation.

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Gold recognition in Program Management

  • Phase I
    • Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works, Maryland
    • City of Birmingham - Planning, Engineering, and Permits, Alabama
    • City of Charlotte Storm Water Services, North Carolina
    • City of Dayton, Department of Water, Ohio
    • Fairfax County Government, Virginia
    • Jefferson Parish Environmental Affairs, Louisiana
    • Metro Nashville Water Services - Stormwater NPDES Office, Tennessee
  • Phase II
    • Capitol Region Watershed District, Minnesota
    • City of Alexandria, Virginia
    • City of Denton, Texas
    • Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District - St. Louis MS4 Co-Permittee Group, Missouri
    • Rockville, Maryland
    • Town of Lexington, Massachusetts

Silver recognition in Program Management

  • Phase I
    • Harris County Engineering Department, Texas
    • Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District, Kentucky
    • Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Phase II
    • City of Piqua, Ohio
    • Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Gold recognition in Innovation

  • Phase I
    • City of Charlotte Storm Water Services, North Carolina
    • Metro Nashville Water Services - Stormwater NPDES Office, Tennessee

Silver recognition in Innovation

  • Phase I
    • Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works, Maryland
    • City of Birmingham - Planning, Engineering, and Permits, Alabama
    • City of Dayton, Department of Water, Ohio
    • Fairfax County Government, Virginia
    • Harris County Engineering Department, Texas
    • Jefferson Parish Environmental Affairs, Louisiana
    • Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District, Kentucky
    • Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Phase II
    • Capitol Region Watershed District, Minnesota
    • City of Alexandria, Virginia
    • City of Denton, Texas
    • City of Piqua, Ohio
    • Lake Havasu City, Arizona
    • Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District - St. Louis MS4 Co-Permittee Group, Missouri
    • Rockville, Maryland
    • Town of Lexington, Massachusetts

For more information about the MS4 recognition program, visit www.wef.org/MS4awards.    

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