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Los Angeles Aqueduct – Owens Lake Environmental Protection and Dust Mitigation Project


Annapolis, Md. — On April 19, 2018 the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) announced the winners of its annual Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science (E3S) competition.  Awards are evaluated in ten categories and presented to the projects and project teams judged as exceptional by a panel of highly experienced environmental engineers and scientists.  The winners are recognized at the awards presentation ceremony and luncheon.

The following are 2018’s winners:

Superior Achievement

LA’s Water Conservation Potential Study Targets a Sustainable Future

  • Entrant: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Engineer in Charge: David Pettijohn, P.E., BCEE
  • Location: Los Angeles, California

Design: Grand Prize

Northern Treatment Plant Facilities

  • Entrant: Metro Wastewater Reclamation District
  • Engineer in Charge: Steve Patterson, P.E.
  • Location: Brighton, Colorado

Design: Honor Award

Central Pasco County Beneficial Water Reuse Project: 4G Wetlands

  • Entrant: CH2M, now Jacobs
  • Engineer in Charge: Rafael Vazquez-Burney, P.E.
  • Location: Land O Lakes, Florida

Environmental Sustainability: Grand Prize

Los Angeles Aqueduct – Owens Lake Environmental Protection and Dust Mitigation

  • Entrant: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Engineer in Charge: James G. Yannotta, P.E.
  • Location: Los Angeles, California

Industrial Waste Practice: Grand Prize and W. Wesley Eckenfelder Industrial Waste Management Medal Recipient sponsored by AquAeTer

From Pilot to Full Scale: Development of STARx HottPad

  • Entrant: Savron, a division of Geosyntec Consultants International, Inc.
  • Engineer in Charge: David Major, Ph.D., BCES
  • Location: Houston, Texas

Industrial Waste Practice: Honor Award

Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station

  • Entrant: HDR
  • Person in Charge: Mary Shanks
  • Location: Bellevue, Washington

Operations/Management: Grand Prize

Los Angeles Aqueduct – Owens Lake Environmental Protection and Dust Mitigation

  • Entrant: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Engineer in Charge: James G. Yannotta, P.E.
  • Location: Los Angeles, California

Planning: Grand Prize

One Water LA 2040 Plan

  • Entrant: City of Los Angeles, LA Sanitation and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Engineer in Charge: Adel Hagekhalil, P.E., BCEE
  • Location: Los Angeles, California

Planning: Honor Award

Toronto Long Term Waste Management Strategy

  • Entrant: HDR
  • Person in Charge: Christine Roarke
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Research: Grand Prize

Direct Potable Reuse Pilot Testing of Ozone-Biofiltration/Research Project (WE&RF Reuse-15-11)

  • Entrant: Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources, CDM Smith, and Stantec
  • Engineers in Charge: Denise R. Funk, P.E., BCEE, and Jennifer Hooper, P.E.
  • Location: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Research: Honor Award

A Simple, Cost-Effective Method for NDMA Analysis in Drinking Water and Recycled Water to Improve Public Health Protection

  • Entrant: Orange County Water District
  • Engineer in Charge: Dr. Megan Plumlee, P.E.
  • Location: Fountain Valley, California

Small Firms: Grand Prize

Florissant Water & Sanitation District Drinking Water Treatment Improvements Project

  • Entrant: AquaWorks DBO, Inc.
  • Engineer in Charge: Adam Sommers, P.E.
  • Location: Florissant, Colorado

Small Projects: Grand Prize

MSD Buncombe County, North Carolina – Sanitary Sewage Sludge Incinerator Improvements Project

  • Entrant: CDM Smith
  • Engineer in Charge: Richard Tsang, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE
  • Location: Asheville, North Carolina

University Research: Grand Prize

Remediation of Chlorinated Solvent-Contaminated Groundwater Using Long-Lasting and NZVI-Contained Colloidal Substrates with pH and Hydrogen Sulfide Control Capabilities: Innovative Substrate Development and Mechanism Studies

  • Entrant: Chih-Ming Kao, P.E., BCEE, and Yih-Terng Sheu
  • Engineer in Charge: Chih-Ming Kao, P.E., BCEE
  • Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

University Research: Honor Award

Southeast Commerce Mine Water Passive Treatment Project

  • Entrant: Dr. Robert W. Nairn, University of Oklahoma
  • Engineer in Charge: Russell C. Dutnell, P.E.
  • Location: Norman, Oklahoma

E3S Award recipients are chosen by a panel of Academy environmental experts in the areas of environmental engineering and science. Award winning projects incorporate today’s best practices in using appropriate technologies, and designing, planning, and implementing solutions that meet project goals as well as serving larger scale societal needs.

View the full list and profiles of all of the 2017 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Awards Winners at http://www.aaees.org/e3scompetition/winners-2018.php.

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