Students and Young Professionals Awards

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Outstanding Young Water Environment Professional Award

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Recognizes the contributions of young water environment professionals for significant contributions to PNCWA and to the wastewater collection and treatment industry.


1. Member of the PNCWA.
2. 35 years old or younger at the time of nomination.
3. Demonstrated contributions to enhancing the activities of PNCWA, contributions to a PNCWA Section and/or  to PNCWA Committees and improvement in the fundamental knowledge of performance of wastewater collection and treatment systems, water resource protection and research on issues important to the water environment.

Previous Recipients

2017 Chris Horgan, J-U-B Engineers
2016 Eleanor Key, Washington State Department of Ecology
2015 Mark Cummings, Murray, Smith & Associates, Inc.
2014 Candice Au-Yeung, CH2M HILL
2013 Steven Drangsholt, Seattle Public Utilities
2012 Haley Falconer, HDR Engineering
2011 Jennifer Belknap Williamson, Brown and Caldwell
2010 Kristi Nelson, HDR Engineering

Student Design Competition.

The PNCWA Students and Young Professionals committee participates in the WEF Student Design Competition.

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2015  PNCWA winners and WEF 2nd place winners: University of Idaho

Eric Hughes
Derek Probst
Sharon Strom
Ben Carlton