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AWWA leaders receive water sustainability awards

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) recently recognized two members for their volunteer leadership and contributions to the Technical and Educational Council’s divisions of Water Conservation and Water Resource Sustainability.

Brian SkeensBrian Skeens (pictured right), global technology leader for water distribution with Jacobs, was awarded the annual RIPPLE Award (Representing Innovative People and Promotions that Lead to Increased Water Efficiency).

Sharon Long (pictured below), an engineer with Water Quality Investigations, was awarded the annual OASIS Award (Outstanding Achievement Service and Initiative in Sustainability).

Skeens served on multiple committees within the Water Conservation Division, including chair of the Planning, Evaluation and Research Committee, Division Vice-Chair and Division Chair. He also participated in developing the first and second editions of M60 Drought Preparedness and Response, the second edition of M52 Water Conservation Programs: A Planning Manual, the first and second versions of G480 Water Conservation Program Operation and Management, and AWWA’s policy statement on water efficiency.
Sharon Long
“In all of these roles, Brian demonstrated initiative to encourage committee members to develop tangible projects that would benefit the water efficiency community and AWWA members,” said Veronica Blette, vice chair of the Water Conservation Division.

Long has been an active contributor to the Water Resource Sustainability Division, including past trustee and active volunteer of the division. She also served as past chair of the Source Water Protection and the Wastewater-Biosolids committees and was a member of the University Student Activities Committee.