Shawn Nesgis

First Place
 San Francisco Bay Section

Shawn has worked for Union Sanitary District almost 27 years and has been an active member of CWEA for about the same. Currently Shawn is a Supervisor in the Collections Department were he over sees the day to day operations of the construction and facilities maintenance groups.

He has volunteered on many occasions with CWEA during conferences and trainings. His current role with CWEA is Treasurer of the Board.

Shawn enjoys operating his UAV during free time and looks forward to increasing his flight time in the future.


The Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (5S) is used by water environment associations (i.e., those working with sewage and sewage treatment) to honour those who have made a particular contribution to the industry.

Pennsylvania started the High Hat Society in 1937 and used the words "Sludge Shovelers Society" in its initiation ceremony. Later, this became known as the Ted Moses Sludge Shovelers Society. The second Chapter of the Five S Society was formed in Arizona in October 1940, the idea being conceived by A.W. "Dusty" Miller and F. Carlyle Roberts, Jr. There are chapters in many of the United States and in Canada, as well as the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

5S chapters do not accept applications, but select potential members. Each inductee receives a badge in the form of a gold tie bar in the shape of a round-nosed shovel.

5S recognizes individuals active in protecting the water environment through participation in Local, State, and/or Federal sponsored activities. 

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