WEF Announces Fifth Year of MS4 Award Winners at WEFTEC 2019

Twenty-two high-performing municipalities and one university received recognition in the fifth annual National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards on Sept. 23. These awards celebrate administrators of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) that perform beyond regulatory requirements.

Developed and introduced in 2015 by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this year’s distinctions were awarded to the winners during the annual Stormwater Congress Luncheon at WEFTEC 2019 in Chicago, Ill.

The awards recognize performance in the categories of innovation and program management as well combined high scores in both categories. Applications for the National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards are reviewed by a broad work team of water sector experts.

The winners of the fifth annual National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards are:

Phase I Winners

  • Metropolitan Nashville (Tenn.) Water Services—Overall Winner
  • Anne Arundel County, Md.—Program Management
  • Louisville and Jefferson County (Ky.) Metropolitan Sewer District—Innovation

Phase II Winners

  • City of Alexandria, Va.— Overall Winner
  • Capitol Region (Minn.) Watershed District—Innovation
  • Rogue Valley (Ore.) Sewer Services—Program Management


In addition to the winners, the other applicants were categorized into levels signifying their status among other MS4 communities across the country. Each MS4 received a certificate indicating either Gold, Silver or Bronze level status in both program management and innovation.

Gold recognition in Innovation

Phase I

  • Louisville and Jefferson County (Ky.) Metropolitan Sewer District
  • Metro Nashville (Tenn.) Water Services – Stormwater Division

Silver recognition in Innovation

Phase I 

  • Albuquerque (N.M.) Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority
  • Anne Arundel County, Md.
  • Baltimore City (Md.) Department of Public Works
  • City of Atlanta (Ga.) Department of Watershed Management
  • City of Lincoln (Neb.) Watershed Management Division
  • City of Roswell (Ga.) Stormwater Utility
  • Fairfax County (Va.) Government
  • New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (La.)

Phase II 

  • Capitol Region Watershed District (Minn.)
  • City of Alexandria (Va.)
  • City of Denton (Texas)
  • City of Pensacola (Fla.)
  • City of Port St. Lucie (Fla.)
  • City of Westlake (Ohio)
  • Hobart (Ind.) Sanitary/Stormwater District
  • Roanoke City (Va.) Stormwater Utility
  • Rogue Valley (Ore.) Sewer Services
  • The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, Pa.)
  • Town of Queen Creek (Ariz.)
     

Bronze recognition in Innovation

Phase I

  • Harris County (Texas) Engineering Department

Gold recognition in Program Management

Phase I 

  • Albuquerque (N.M.) Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority
  • Anne Arundel County, Md.
  • Baltimore City (Md.) Department of Public Works
  • City of Lincoln (Neb.) Watershed Management Division
  • City of Roswell (Ga.) Stormwater Utility
  • Fairfax County (Va.) Government
  • Louisville and Jefferson County (Ky.) Metropolitan Sewer District
  • Metro Nashville (Tenn.) Water Services – Stormwater Division
  • New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (La.)

Phase II 

  • Capitol Region Watershed District (Minn.)
  • City of Alexandria (Va.)
  • City of Denton (Texas)
  • City of Pensacola (Fla.)
  • City of Port St. Lucie (Fla.)
  • City of Westlake (Ohio)
  • Hobart (Ind.) Sanitary/Stormwater District
  • Roanoke City (Va.) Stormwater Utility
  • Rogue Valley (Ore.) Sewer Services
  • The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, Pa.)
  • Town of Queen Creek (Ariz.)

Silver recognition in Program Management

Phase I

  • City of Atlanta (Ga.) Department of Watershed Management
  • Harris County (Texas) Engineering Department

 

 

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2018 Award Winners

22 agencies received recognition by the fourth annual WEF National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards Program. The winners received their awards at the Stormwater Congress Luncheon held at WEFTEC® 2018 in New Orleans.

Housed within the WEF Stormwater Institute, this awards program was developed to encourage innovation among municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4s) programs nationwide. The MS4 awards are intended to inspire leaders to seek new and innovative ways to meet and exceed regulatory requirements in ways that are technically effective and financially efficient.

The three award categories are Program Management, Innovation, and Overall Highest Score, which indicates the best performing programs. Each category has winners in both Phase I and Phase II communities. Phase I communities are medium and large cities or certain counties with populations of 100,000 or more. Phase II communities are smaller entities that operate an MS4.

The 2018 National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Award winners are listed below.

Phase I Winners

  • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Division of Water Quality, Kentucky – Program Management and Overall Highest Score
  • Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District, Kentucky — Innovation

Phase II Winners

  • City of Alexandria, Virginia — Innovation and Overall Highest Score
  • City of Auburn, Alabama – Program Management

In addition to the winners, the other applicants have been categorized into levels signifying their status among other MS4 communities nationwide. Each MS4 received a certificate indicating Silver or Gold level status in both program management and innovation. To view all of the designations, as well as additional past award recipient information, visit the WEF Stormwater Institute website.

2017 Award Winners

Thirteen high-performing municipalities received recognition in the third annual National MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards on Oct. 2, 2017. These awards celebrate administrators of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) that perform beyond regulatory requirements.

The awards recognize performance in the categories of innovation and program management as well as combined high scores in both categories. Applications for the National MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards are reviewed by a broad subcommittee of water sector experts.

The awards also are separated into two classifications based on the population of the communities they serve. The classifications are:

  • Phase I, which encompassed medium or large cities with more than 100,000 customers and
  • Phase II, which encompasses smaller storm sewer systems outside of heavily populated urban areas.

The winners of the 3rd annual National MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards are as follows:

Overall Highest Scores

  • Phase I – City of Austin, Texas, Watershed Protection Department
  • Phase II – Capitol Region Watershed District, St. Paul, Minn.

Innovation

  • Phase I – Boston Water and Sewer Commission
  • Phase II – Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Program Management

  • Phase I – City of Alpharetta, Ga.
  • Phase II – City of Alexandria, Va.

The 2017 recipients were awarded silver or gold certificates based on their level of performance in innovation or program management.

Gold recognition in Innovation

Phase I
  • Boston Water and Sewer Commission
  • City of Alpharetta, Ga.
  • City of Corpus Christi, Texas
  • City of Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • City of Austin, Texas, Watershed Protection Department
Phase II
  • Capitol Region Watershed District, St. Paul, Minn.
  • City of Alexandria, Va.

Silver recognition in Innovation

Phase I
  • City of Wichita, Kan.
  • Columbus, Ohio, Division of Sewerage and Drainage
  • Louisville, Ky., MSD
  • City of Dayton, Ohio; Department of Water
Phase II
  • City of Surprise, Ariz.
  • Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Gold recognition in Program Management

Phase I
  • Boston Water and Sewer Commission
  • City of Alpharetta, Ga.
  • City of Corpus Christi, Texas
  • City of Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • City of Austin, Texas, Watershed Protection Department
Phase II
  • Capitol Region Watershed District, St. Paul, Minn.
  • City of Alexandria, Va.

Silver recognition in Program Management

Phase I
  • City of Dayton, Ohio; Department of Water
  • City of Wichita, Kan.
  • Columbus, Ohio, Division of Sewerage and Drainage
  • Louisville, Ky., MSD
Phase II
  • City of Surprise, Ariz.
  • Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Additional past award recipient information can be found on the WEF Stormwater Institute website.

2016 Award Winners

Six high-performing municipalities left the 89th annual Water Environment Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC® 2016) in New Orleans as recipients of this year’s National MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards.

The distinction, introduced last year to celebrate administrators of MS4s that perform beyond regulatory requirements, was awarded to the winners during WEFTEC’s annual Stormwater Congress on Sept. 27.

Separated based on the population of the communities they serve, participating municipalities were classified as either Phase I or Phase II.

While all entrants received gold, silver, or bronze certificates based on their level of performance in the categories of innovation and program management, three stand-out winners from each classification were chosen in each category. Two additional winners were recognized for achieving combined high scores in both assessments.

The winners of the 2nd annual National MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards are as follows:

Overall Highest Scores

  • Phase I –  Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program, Calif.
  • Phase II –  Capitol Region Watershed District, Minn.

Innovation

  • Phase I –  Jefferson Parish Environmental Affairs, La.
  • Phase II –  City of Auburn, Ala.

Program Management

  • Phase I –  City of Austin, Texas Watershed Protection Department
  • Phase II –  Kitsap County Public Works, Wash.

Developed by WEF in cooperation with the U.S. EPA, applications for the National MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards were reviewed by a broad steering committee of water sector experts, including representatives from WEF.

Additional past award recipient information can be found on the WEF Stormwater Institute website.

2015 Award Winners

The 2015 National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards program award winners were formally announced and celebrated at the 2015 WEFTEC Stormwater Congress Luncheon on Monday, September 28 in Chicago.

The winners of the first annual National MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards are as follows:

Overall Highest Scores

  • Phase I – Charlotte Stormwater Services, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Phase II – City of Fairbanks, Alaska

Innovation 

  • Phase I – City of Santa Monica, Calif. and City of Tacoma, Wash.
  • Phase II – City of Alexandria, Va.

Program Management 

  • Phase I – Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Md.
  • Phase II – Lafayette Consolidated Government, Lafayette, La.

Additional past award recipient information can be found on the WEF Stormwater Institute website.

Questions or Comments?

Contact:
Kelsey Hurst, Awards Program Manager
Phone: 703-684-2477