SEH’s Gary Hanson won the Wisconsin Wastewater Operators’ Association (WWOA) 2016 George F. Bernauer Award at the WWOA Annual Conference. This is WWOA's highest award.
Hanson won the award because he “has operated many different treatment facilities since 1978 and continues to provide education and guidance to operators throughout Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest.” Hanson is a valuable resource to the wastewater industry, helping clients and operators across the country with his wisdom and advice.
The award was announced at the Wisconsin Wastewater Operators’ Association Annual Conference on October 13, 2016, in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
At the awards dinner, while Hanson eagerly awaited the announcement of the winner, the presenter outlined some of the winner’s accomplishments. Soon something was abundantly clear.
“As the announcer continued to list everything off, I began to realize that I was the winner,” Hanson said. “I didn’t know what to say.”
I never dreamed I would be honored with this award. I truly feel it is a privilege.
Hanson, who has been attending the conference since 1979 always looked forward to seeing who the recipient was. He never expected to take home the acclaim himself.
“I have always held these men and women in high regard and looked forward every year to congratulating the winner,” explained Hanson.
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Criteria for the award includes 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.
Gary Hanson, CET, is a project manager, wastewater technician and dedicated educator.