Shelburne’s Wastewater Superintendent and Chief Treatment Plant Operator Chris Robinson was awarded the Alfred E. Peloquin Award for excellence in his field by the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) in affiliation with the National Water Environment Federation. The awards ceremony and luncheon took place at the NEWEA 2014 Annual Conference and Exhibit at the Boston Marriott in Boston, Mass. on Jan. 29.
In nominating Robinson for the award, Richard “Dick” Perez informed, “Chris is well known to the state’s water environment community for his continuous contributions to training, community outreach, and water quality through his participation in several key organizations.” The master electrician earned an associate’s degree in environmental sciences with a focus on aquatic systems including water and wastewater engineering.
Robinson shares his knowledge in electrical engineering and water quality with the Green Mountain Water Environment Association (GMWEA), of which he has been an outspoken advocate on many issues and on many levels as a committee member, board member, previous secretary, and the current second Vice President of its Board of Directors. Perez, former owner of Vermont Pipeline Company and an independent consultant, added, “A graduate of the Vermont Local Roads Management Academy, Chris continues to be an ardent advocate for training, not only at his facility in Shelburne where he has worked for the past 16 years, but as a volunteer member of the Vermont Operator Certification Advisory Board and Vermont Rural Water.”
Shelburne Town Manager Paul Bohne credits Robinson for turning the Wastewater Department into a team-oriented well-run operation. “Chris enjoys the challenges of the daily operation of two treatment plants and its related collection systems,” says Bohne. “He has certainly spent time and effort to plan for his department over the next five, 10, and 20 years. Chris is deserving of this recognition.”
Established in 1990 as the NEWEA Operations Award and renamed the Alfred E. Peloquin Award two years later, the award is given annually to an individual who has shown a high level of interest and performance in wastewater field in such areas as improvements to the environment, cost effect plant operations, public relations, innovative process controls, industrial pretreatment, training, Association contributions, and related activities. The award honors NEWEA’s former Executive Director for his initiative to the organization.