George F Bernauer

Criteria include successful plant performance, and/or successful solution of important or complicated operational problems, and/or outstanding contributions in the field of wastewater technology in the State of Wisconsin. The nominee may be a municipal, industrial, or institutional operator, administrator, or educator in Wisconsin. It is not limited to WWOA members. Members currently serving on the  Board of Directors are not eligible to receive this award.

Award includes a plaque, framed certificate, and complimentary banquet dinner ticket and hotel accommodations for the evening of the banquet (if needed). 

NOTE: The person who nominated the award recipient is responsible for letting the Executive Secretary know if the award winner needs a hotel room for the evening of the banquet.

Listing of Past Bernauer Award Recipients
  • 2020 Aaron Dose; Madison Metropolitan SD
  • 2019 Jim Smith; Applied Technologies
  • 2018 Rusty Schroedel; AECOM
  • 2017 Harry “Ari” Mathos; City of Beloit
  • 2016 Gary Hanson, SEH
  • 2015 Daniel Brady; Sheboygan WWTP
  • 2014 Dennis Holtz; New Richmond
  • 2013 Dale Doerr; Sheboygan WWTP (Former)
  • 2012 Aga Razvi; UW Stevens Point (retired)
  • 2011 LaMont Albers; West Bend
  • 2010 Ken Johnson; Rib Mountain MSD
  • 2009 Charles (Randy) Case; DNR
  • 2008 Daniel J. Landis; Milwaukee
  • 2007 Aurelene (Toni) Glymph; DNR
  • 2006 Greg Kester; DNR
  • 2005 Dan Busch; GBMSD
  • 2004 Wally Thom; Rice Lake
  • 2003 Dennis Harmer; Kenosha
  • 2002 Don Ceplina; Stevens Point
  • 2001 John Leonhard; Fond du Lac
  • 2000 George Bowman; Madison
  • 1998 Don Lythjohan; Madison MSD
  • 1997 Dean Falkner; Sheboygan
  • 1996 Richard Birner; Milwaukee MSD
  • 1995 Arthur E. Peterson; UW Madison
  • 1994 J. Willard Debauche; Jr. Green Bay MSD
  • 1993 Dr. Koby Crabtree; U.W. Wausau
  • 1992 Pete Albers; Kewaskum
  • 1991 Gerald G. Selin; Kenosha
  • 1990 Carl J. Blabaum; WDNR Madison
  • 1989 Paul Nehm; Madison, MSD
  • 1988 James Kohl; WDNR Milwaukee
  • 1987 Roger Sherman; Fort Atkinson
  • 1986 Robert Thompson; Green Bay MSD
  • 1985 Larry Ernest; Milwaukee MSD
  • 1984 Beverlee Thivierge; Iron River
  • 1982 Clyde Lehman; Chippewa Falls
  • 1981 Henry Tork; Stevens Point
  • 1980 Stan Budrys; Racine
  • 1979 Tom O’Keefe; Hudson
  • 1978 John Wagner; Waukesha
  • 1977 Karl Zuehlke; Eau Claire
  • 1976 Leo Templeton; Manitowoc
  • 1975 Al Winter; Kaukauna
  • 1974 Ralph Hanson; Antigo
  • 1973 John Allen; Chippewa Falls
  • 1969 Philip Cieslek; Mosinee
  • 1963 Virgil Hammond; Fennimore
  • 1961 Henry Hesig; Milwaukee
  • 1960 John Wallendahl; Waupun 

Koby Crabtree

Awarded to a WWOA member for excellence in technical support provided to others in the field of wastewater treatment. The individual should be a recognized authority in wastewater, share knowledge through presentations, contribute to problem solving, and provide service regardless of compensation. Members currently serving on the  Board of Directors are not eligible to receive this award.

Award includes a plaque, framed certificate, and complimentary banquet dinner ticket and hotel accommodations for the evening of the banquet.

NOTE: The person who nominated the award recipient is responsible for letting the Executive Secretary know if the award winner needs a hotel room for the evening of the banquet.

Listing of Past Crabtree Award Recipients
  • 1995 Kenneth L. Sedmak; Sheboygan
  • 1996 Don Voigt; Cedarburg
  • 1997 James G. Shaw; Germantown
  • 1998 Pat Gomez; Fond du Lac
  • 1999 Mike Raynovic; North Central Labs
  • 2000 Roy Lembke; WDNR Madison
  • 2001 Dan Busch; Green Bay
  • 2002 Mike Humcke; Environmental Resources
  • 2004 Glenn R. Smeaton; Madison MSD
  • 2005 Bill Marten; Donohue & Associates
  • 2006 Paul Harris; Davy Laboratories
  • 2007 Paul Lange; Watertown
  • 2008 Rick Mealy; DNR
  • 2009 Kay Curtin; MNWPC
  • 2010 George Bowman; WI State Laboratory of Hygiene
  • 2011 Chris Groh; Wisconsin Rural Water
  • 2012 Gary Hanson; AECOM
  • 2015 Torell Geffers; Fontana –Walworth Water Pollution Control Commission
  • 2016 Troy Larson; Strand Associates
  • 2017 Kathy Bates; Milwaukee Area Technology College (MATC)
  • 2018 Jim Miller; MWOA (Wenck)
  • 2019 Bruce Bartel; NEW Water
  • 2020 Ryan Hennessy; Midwest Contract Operators

Albers-Templeton Service Award

Presented to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the WWOA in the areas of promotion, operation, management, program participation, or education. The nominee must be an active member of WWOA for a period of at least ten years. Members currently serving on the  Board of Directors are not eligible to receive this award.

Award includes a plaque, framed certificate, and complimentary banquet dinner ticket and hotel accommodations for the evening of the banquet.

NOTE: The person who nominated the award recipient is responsible for letting the Executive Secretary know if the award winner needs a hotel room for the evening of the banquet.

Listing of Past Service Award Recipients
  • 2020 Kevin Freber; City of Oconomowoc
  • 2019 Marc Zimmerman; City of Janesville
  • 2018 Dean Falkner; Wastewater Resources
  • 2017 George Bowman; Retired-Lab of Hygiene
  • 2016 Wade Peterson; City of Baraboo
  • 2015 Pete Albers; Applied Technologies
  • 2014 Tom Mulcahy; Mulcahy-Shaw
  • 2013 Daniel Busch; Green Bay MSD
  • 2011 Jack Saltes; Wisconsin DNR, Madison
  • 2010 Kay Curtin; Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • 2009 Jean Van Sistine; GBMSD
  • 2008 Judy Tholen; Watertown
  • 2007 Dale Neis; Dickeyville
  • 2006 Randy Herwig; Lodi
  • 2005 Jeff Haack; DNR, Green Bay
  • 2003 Peg O’Donnell; DNR, Madison
  • 2002 Bill DeBauche; Green Bay
  • 2001 Gary Hanson; Earth Tech Union Grove
  • 2000 Scott Thompson; Green Bay
  • 1999 Carol Strackbein; Sanitaire
  • 1998 Vern Handick; Minocqua
  • 1997 LaMont Albers; West Bend
  • 1996 Tom Nelson; Milwaukee
  • 1995 Hubert Jensen; Elkhorn
  • 1994 Georgia Williamson; Milwaukee
  • 1992 Leo Templeton; Manitowoc
  • 1991 John F. Budde; Brookfield
  • 1990 Joe Gehin; Wausau
  • 1988 Gary K Coates; Donohue
  • 1987 Lynda Bentley; Green Bay /Carol Townsend; Green Bay
  • 1986 Paul Nehm; Madison
  • 1984 Roger Sherman; Fort Atkinson 1985 Robert & Barb Thompson; Green Bay
  • 1983 Robert Deering; Green Bay
  • 1982 Ken Maki; Rothschild
  • 1980 Ward Holz; Rothschild / Joe Homel; DePere
  • 1979 Bill Lammers; Plymouth /A.E. Becher; Jr. Schofield
  • 1978 Gene Allen; Madison
  • 1977 Victor Pfeiffer; Milwaukee
  • 1976 A. E. Becher Jr.; Schofield
  • 1975 Robert Thompson; Green Bay

Newcomer of the Year

Recognizes an operator, support staffer, or environmental technician with less than three years of experience as of August 1st of the year nominated. The nominee should demonstrate higher than average growth in their place of employment, a willingness to learn, innovation on the job, and exceptional enthusiasm for their profession. The nominator should be a supervisor, manager, peer, co-worker, or DNR personnel familiar with the day-to-day efforts of the nominee. WWOA membership is not required, and a two-year membership or renewal is included in the award. Members currently serving on the Board of Directors are not eligible to receive this award.

Award includes a plaque, framed certificate, and complimentary two-year membership to WWOA.

Listing of Past Newcomer Award Recipients
  • 2019 Alex Zenner; Medford 2020 Matt Bottlemy; Owen
  • 2018 Matt Seib; Madison Metropolitan Sewer District
  • 2017 McKala Kiessling; City of Ripon
  • 2016 Tyler Hoffman; Sheboygan WWTP
  • 2015 Dana LePage; Sheboygan WWTP
  • 2014 Aaron Dose; Madison / Daniel Grunewald; Northern Moraine Utility Commission
  • 2013 Andy Resch / Brian Willadsen; Sheboygan WWTP
  • 2012 Jacob Becken; GBMSD
  • 2010 Zach Montagne; Madeline SD
  • 2009 Jeff Duda; Sheboygan
  • 2008 Steve Skinner; New Richmond

Membership Award

Given to the person who sponsored the most new members joining WWOA for the year. This is determined by the website database. There is a report that we run every year called the Annual Membership Award Report

Award includes a framed certificate

Lifetime Members

A Life Member shall be one who has been an Active Member for 25 years or more in the WWOA and its predecessor organizations (Wisconsin Wastewater Works Operators Conference and Wisconsin Wastewater Works Operators Conference Incorporated,, or a total of 25 years in all. Life Members shall have the same voting privileges as Active Members and Honorary Members. Life Members shall receive a 20% discount on current active membership dues. A Life Member wishing to hold an office in the Organization may do so only if they are paying full active membership dues.

Award includes a framed certificate, laminated membership card, and complimentary banquet dinner ticket.

Honorary Members

Any active member can be elected to an Honorary Membership through special recognition and approval procedures. An Honorary Member is not required to pay dues.

Listing of Honorary Members
  • 2011 Carol Strackbein; Mequon
  • 2008 Dan Busch; Green Bay MSD
  • 2006 Pete Albers; Kewaskum
  • 2005 Leo Templeton; Manitowoc
  • 2003 Vern Handrick; Minocqua
  • 1991 Ward Holz; Rothschild
  • 1986 Dr. Koby Crabtree; Wausau