Lyman Ketcham Award (PNCWA Award)

This award honors individual PNCWA members who have made outstanding contributions in the field of wastewater collection system maintenance and operation. It is the equivalent of the Hatfield Award for treatment plant operations and maintenance.

Submit a Lyman Ketcham Award Nomination


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Nominee must be a member of the PNCWA.
  • Nominee has demonstrated sustained and ongoing contributions for at least five years to further and improve the field of collection system maintenance and operations.
  • Nominee's area of service must have been in one or more of these areas: management, planning, operations, maintenance facility design, education, training, and research.

Activities that demonstrate contributions include:

  • Active participation in PNCWA, WEF, and other organizations on projects and committees focused on collection system maintenance and operations issues.
  • Presentation of papers on collection system maintenance and operations at conferences of PNCWA, WEF, APWA, and other relevant organizations.
  • Publication in a Federation periodical of a formal report or article on collection system maintenance and operations challenges and successes.
  • Implementation of successful programs and policies that improve efficiency, productivity, and cost-effectiveness within the nominee's organization.

The nomination form asks for the following:

  • Nominee contact info
  • Biography of the nominee to include professional and volunteer history in the operation of treatment plants and collections systems.
  • Description of the nominee's accomplishments in the collection systems maintenance and operations field and reference to any supporting material documenting the nominee's accomplishments.


PNCWA Recipients of the Lyman Ketcham Award
2023 Jim Baird, Roseburg Urban Sanitary Authority, OR
2022 Jeff Schmidt, Jacobs, Bellevue, WA
2021 Maria Stevens, Seattle Public Utilities, WA
2020 Eric Bergstrom, HDR Engineering
2019 Steve Lusch, Roseburg Urban Sanitary Authority (Roseburg, OR)
2018 Rob Lee, Murraysmith & Associates (Portland, OR)
2015 Carrie Pak, Clean Water Services
2014 Jeremy Coles, City of Rexburg, ID
2013 Terry Soden, Pierce County
2012 Bob Swarner, King County
2010 Bruce Clouser, City of Salem, OR
2009 Kim Ashmore, City of Centralia, WA
2008 Rich Cunningham, City of Albany, CA
2007 Dan O'Malley, City of Bend, OR
2006 Linda Dartsch, City of Portland, OR
2005 Jim Peterson, HDR, Bellevue, WA
2004 Richard Dees, City of Boise
2003 Lynn Moser, Eagle Sewer District, Eagle, ID
2002 Mike Myers, City of Aberdeen, WA
2001 Victor Cole, Municipal Service Company
2000 Bill Peacock, City of Spokane, WA
1999 John Jurgens, Trenchless Resources International
1998 Don Jacoby, City of McMinnville OR
1997 John Lewis, Clackamas Community College
1996 Wes Reynolds, City of Seattle WA
1994 George Kneese, City of Hillsboro OR
1993 Jimmie D. Robbins, Chelan County PUD WA
1992 Jene Prudent, Idaho Falls ID
1991 C.E. "Corky" Mattingly
1990 Craig Johns, City of Stayton OR
1989 Clint Read, Des Moines Sewer District WA
1988 W. H. (Dub) Burnum, Clackamas County OR
1987 Tom Liston, City of Coeur d’Alene ID
1985 Larry Zandi, City of Longview WA
1982 Francis Olmstead, City of Spokane WA
1982 Duane Worley, Clackamas County OR
1980 Don Proctor, City of Bremerton WA
1978 Bud Toy, City of Corvallis OR
1975 Leland Spahr, Concrete Products Association of WA
1973 Jim Day, City of Spokane WA
1971 Lyman Ketcham, City of Tacoma WA