City of Vancouver recognized for outstanding performance of wastewater treatment facilities and staff

News release issued: July 28, 2014

For yet another year, the City of Vancouver is being recognized by the State of Washington for its outstanding performance at its two wastewater treatment facilities. It’s the eleventh consecutive Department of Ecology award for the Westside facility and the ninth consecutive award for the Marine Park eastside facility.

“Perfect compliance reflects our commitment to serving the Vancouver community and safeguarding the high quality of life of our residents,” said Brian Carlson, director of Vancouver's Department of Public Works.

Vancouver has a long history of successfully meeting Ecology's strict rules, regulations, record-keeping and other requirements to the letter. Ecology officials will present awards to City leaders at a brief recognition ceremony Wednesday, July 30.

Ecology monitors the effectiveness of each wastewater treatment facility around the state in meeting mandated permit conditions. The best – those which have achieved 100 percent compliance – are recognized each year with the award. A complete list by county of the state's outstanding wastewater treatment plant award winners for 2014 is available on Ecology's website at: www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/wastewater/op_cert/kudos.html.

This has been a year of awards recognizing City’s continuous practice and commitment of protecting the environment.

On July 15, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies presented the City of Vancouver with a Platinum Peak Performance award. The award recognizes facilities that have achieved consistent compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements.

Earlier this year, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) selected Vancouver Public Works Director Brian Carlson as recipient of the association’s 2014 National Environmental Achievement Local Public Service Award for service to the environment and the clean water community.

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History of Department of Ecology awards for the City of Vancouver’s Marine Park and Westside Facilities

Washington Department of Ecology presented these awards in the following years:
1989 - O&M Excellence Award 
1997- Perfect Compliance Award
1997 - Exemplary Performance Award
1998 - Perfect Compliance Award
1998 - Exemplary Performance Award
1999 - Perfect Compliance Award (Westside & Marine Park)
2000 - Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award (Marine Park)
2001 - Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award (Westside and Marine Park)
2003 - Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award (Westside and Marine Park)
2004 - Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award (Westside)
2005 - Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award (Westside and Marine Park)
2006 - Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award (Westside and Marine Park)
2007 - Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award (Westside and Marine Park)
2008 - Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award (Westside and Marine Park)
2009 - Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award (Westside and Marine Park)
2010 - Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award (Westside and Marine Park)
2011 - Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award (Westside and Marine Park)
2012 - Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award (Westside and Marine Park)
2013 - Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award (Westside and Marine Park)
 

CONTACTS:

Brian Carlson, Department of Public Works Director, 360-487-7130, brian.carlson@cityofvancouver.us

Loretta Callahan, Public Information/Community Relations, Department of Public Works, 360-487-8255, loretta.callahan@cityofvancouver.us