Doug Culbert

First Place
 Colorado River Basin Section

Doug started with the Resort Improvement District in Shelter Cove, California on December 5, 1995 as an Operator in Training and after he earned a Grade II Wastewater Treatment certification he became a Supervisor, After 6 years as a supervisor Doug earned his Grade III certification and became the CPO for the small Victorian town of Ferndale. Six years later he took a position as the CPO for a larger municipality, serving also as the Utility Superintendent for the City of Fortuna and earned his Grade IV certification. When a ground-floor career opportunity presented itself to manage a brand new state of the art facility in Southern California, Doug moved with his wife 800 miles away from their three daughters, 5 grandchildren, his parents and brother’s family to pursue this dream job. Doug plans to finish out his career in Yucca Valley working for the Hi-Desert Water District.


The CWEA Quarter Century Recognition Program recognizes water professionals for their commitment to improving the quality of life and the protection of the environment. CWEA Quarter Century Recognition Program honorees have dedicated their careers in a challenging and most vital profession, the water environment field. These essential professionals who have spent countless hours improving our water environment include: Operators; Collection System, Maintenance, Laboratory, and Environmental Compliance personnel; Engineers; and Administrators.

CWEA Quarter Century honorees will be presented with a certificate recognizing their achievement and a lapel pin they can proudly wear identifying them as members of this elite group of professionals.

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