Every year the IWEA and the Water Environment Federation has a slate of honors and awards which are presented to deserving members, supporters, and facilities.  Use the links below to find out more about the various awards and past recipients.  

If you have any questions or need information regarding nominations, please contact Amanda Withers, Awards Committee Chair at 217-572-1114 or

Member Association Awards:
These awards, listed below, are presented at the Illinois Water Environment Association Annual Meeting each year. You can find information regarding award criteria, nomination forms, and past recipients on the Member Association Awards web page.
  • Bedell Award
  • Burke Safety Award
  • Clinebell Award
  • Golden Manhole
  • Hatfield Award
  • Lab Analyst Award
  • Merideth Award
  • Outstanding Young Professional
  • Public Official Award
  • Technical Presentation Award

Federation Level Awards:
These awards, listed below, are presented at the Water Environment Federation Annual Meeting (WEFTEC) each year. You can find award descriptions and past IWEA recipients on the Federation Level Awards web page. Awards criteria is available on the awards page of the WEF website. 
  • Camp Medal
  • Collection System Award
  • Eddy Medal
  • Emerson Medal
  • Gascoigne Medal
  • Hazardous Waste Management Award
  • Industrial Water Quality Achievement Award
  • Morgan Medal
  • Outstanding Achievement in Water Quality Improvement Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to Water Environment for Non-Members
  • Public Education Award
  • Schlenz Medal
  • Schroepfer Medal

Quarter Century Operators Club:
This award is presented to WEF members whom have been in wastewater treatment business for 25 years, 10 of which they have been actively involved in day-to-day  collections, maintenance, operations, laboratory, or management of a wastewater transportation or treatment facility. The application form and a list of past IWEA recipients is available on the Quarter Century Operators Club web page.

Illinois Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (I5S):
WEA members may be awarded the "Golden Shovel" by serving the Association as Committee Members or Chairs over a period of years.  They may be on multiple committees for a short term or one committee for a decade.  The bottom line is service and support of IWEA goals and programs. More information and a list of past recipients is available on the Illinois Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers web page.

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