John F. Hart is a member of the 2012-2013
Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international
organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.
John is currently the Deputy Director of the
Saco, Maine Water Resource Recovery Division (WRRD). In that role, he oversees
the operations of the 4.2 mgd secondary treatment plant, Stormwater treatment,
over 30 pumping stations and the collection system. The WRRD strives to be an energy producer rather than an energy consumer through a broad
range of initiatives such as wind power, solar collectors, high-efficiency
aeration, biosolids reduction, and geothermal energy from wastewater. During his 40 years in the wastewater industry, he has
held positions in various municipal and industrial facilities throughout Maine
and also as an instructor for the New
England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.
A WEF member since 1988, John has held multiple leadership and
committee roles within WEF. He most recently served as a Delegate at Large on
the House of Delegates (HOD) and was a member of several HOD committees and subcommittees
as well as the WEF Nomination Committee. He has also been heavily involved with
WEF’s Operations Challenge competition as a judge and event coordinator as well
as chair, vice-chair and ongoing member of the event’s committee.
also an active member of the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA)
and the Maine Waste Water Control Association. In
the spring of 2013, John will retire with 32 years of service from the United
States Coast Guard Reserves. His most recent assignment was his Command Cadre
position as the Reserve Command Senior Chief for the USCG encompassing ME, NH,
VT and northern NY. Other affiliations include memberships in the local USCG
Chief Petty Officer Chapter, American Legion Post 91, National Chief Petty
Officers Association, and the Fleet Reserve Association.
has received numerous awards of merit including the WEF Arthur Sidney Bedell
Award in 2006, WEF William D. Hatfield Award in 1999, WEF Quarter Century Club
in 2001, NEWEA Operator of the Year for Maine in 1999, NEWEA Alfred E. Peloquin
Award in 1996, Maine Waste Water Control Assn. President in 1983, Maine DEP
Certificate of Achievement in 1995, Maine DEP-JETCC Service Award in 2001, USCG
Commendation Medal in 2008, USCG Achievement Medal in 2001 and 2010, USCG
Commandant’s Letter of Commendation in 1996, 2003 and 2005, USCG First District
(Northeast) Enlisted Reservist of the Year in 1994, USCGAUX Commodore Harlan B.
Bruns Award in 2005 and 2009, USCGAUX Flotilla Gold Award in 2004.
John has held a State of Maine
Grade V Operator License since 1979, along with holding a NEWEA Collection
System Voluntary Grade IV since 1985.