Most CWEA awards start at the Local Section with the exception of a few (see Special Awards). Each applicant will use their CWEA member ID to log into the CWEA awards system to select the Local Section they are applying in and the category of award. Once the application has been completed, the awards are sent to each Local Section for review/judging. Local Sections must use the State application for all awards. See the awards policy here.

The highest score in each section for each category will move on to the State level automatically. There is no need to submit another application at the state level with the exception of Collection System of the Year and Safety Plant of the Year where a second round of questions will be made available to complete the application.

Once all Local Sections have submitted their winners, CWEA will share those winners with each committee. Each committee will assign judges for their category.

Committee judges review and provide scores for each application by the deadline specified.

The highest score from each category will be assigned the first place winner and move into the Winners Gallery. These first place winners will also receive plaques at the Annual Conference.

July 1 – Awards program goes live.

December 5 – Final local section winners are due to CWEA. Local Sections will need to decide on the winners of their awards by this date.

December 19 – Collection System Maintenance Plant of the Year and Safety Plant of the Year Part Two applications due to state.

December 22 – All section winners are sent to committees for state review.
(Including non Local Section applications like Crystal Crucible; PICK; Gimmicks & Gadgets; Pomeroy; Golden Manhole and Film Festival)

February 15 – Quarter Century applications due

February 15 – All state winners (from committees) due to CWEA.

February 22  – CWEA Membership and External Relations Committee (MER) approves winners; winners are notified; plaques are ordered; AC materials finalized. Nominees will be notified via email by the MER chair and invited to attend the Annual Conference at the early bird rate.

March 1 – 5S applications (Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers)

April 1 – Photo Contest applications due

April 18-21  – Plaques are distributed at the Annual Conference in San Diego

Central San Joaquin (CSJ) November 30 Erika Barba
Colorado River Basin (CORBS) October 31 Armando Mendoza
Desert and Mountain (DAMS) November 7 Kristi Casteel
Golden Empire (GES)
Los Angeles Basin (LABS) November 18 Christopher DeMonbrun
Monterey Bay (MBS) November 2 Amanda Bird
North Coast (NCS)
Northern Sacramento Valley (NSV) October 31 Tracy Wyhlidko
Northern San Joaquin (NSJ) November 23 Ryan Sellman
Sacramento Area (SAC) November 21 LaSandra Edwards
Redwood Empire (RED) November 7 Tony Drady
San Diego (SD) November 15 Chris Dee
San Francisco Bay (SFB) November 18 Michael Walkowiak
Santa Ana River Basin (SARBS) November 18 Amy Omae
Santa Clara Valley (SCV)
Sierra Section November 4 Jeremy Bourque 
Tri Counties (TRI) November 1 Mary Thompson

Need to change the section deadline or contact info? Contact Megan Barillo.

These awards are recognized at the state level and do not need to be reviewed by the Local Sections. However, the application process will still require each individual to indicate what section they belong to.

Award Committee
Gimmicks and Gadgets Collection System Committee
Golden Manhole Collection System Committee
PICK Collection System Committee
Richard D. Pomeroy Collection System Committee
Crystal Crucible Laboratory Committee
5S Select Society of Sanitary Shovelers
Film Festival (Every 3 years) Community Engagement and Outreach
CWEA Quarter Century NRC/SRC Committee
Kirt Brooks Scholarship Scholarship Committee
WEF Distinguished Honors & Awards WEF Website