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THE AWWA GEORGE WARREN FULLER AWARD, created in 1937 to honor Fuller for his outstanding and immense contributions to the profession and the water industry, is presented each year to recognize distinguished service to the water supply field in commemoration of the sound engineering skill, brilliant diplomatic talent, and constructive leadership that characterized Fuller’s life. At the 2015 Annual Fall Conference, the California-Nevada Section honored two individuals who have carried on Fuller’s tradition of service and dedication. They will be inducted at AWWA’s 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago. Throughout her career, Marsi Steirer has personified wise management of water resources, most recently as Project Direc-tor www.ca-nv-awwa.org 7 SECTION NEWS Marsi Steirer and Andrew Eaton Elected to George Warren Fuller Society By Jim Elliott for the City of San Di-ego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project. The Pure Water project es-tablished the safety and via-bility of blending purified water with import-ed water supplies in a surface water reservoir or for sending it directly to a drinking water treatment plant. Previously, Steirer served as Strategic Plan Program Manager in San Diego’s Public Utilities Department (1996-97) and as the department’s Deputy Director for Long- Range Planning and Water Resources (October 1988-April 2015). Steirer’s award noted her strong, persistent leadership and diplomatic skills, which were instrumental in securing public support for the water reuse project. She demonstrated tireless pursuit of this goal during a period of chang-ing science, evolving regulations, and a vola-tile political environment. Through her use of grass roots support and broad-based advoca-cy, she was able to sustain the process through multiple city administrations, an example of Darcy Burke and Scott Rovanpera Honored with CA-NV’s George A. Elliott Memorial Award THE GEORGE A. ELLIOTT MEMORIAL AWARD is the highest award the Section bestows. It was created in 1949 to recognize outstanding volunteer achievement and honors the man who helped establish the Section in 1920 and who was our first Chair, 1920–1922. Darcy Burke of Watermark Associates was recognized for her dedication and outstanding service, es-pecially for her vol-unteer leadership of the Section’s Certifi-cation Program. The award specifically ac-knowledges her service as Certification Director, her substantial commitment of time and effort to continue and expand the Section’s certification of-ferings and her concern that operators are front and center in our organization. The Section appreciates her passion, rigor and attention to detail that has helped set this program apart from all others. Scott Rovanpera, from the City of Be-nicia, has served the Section in many vol-unteer roles as a committee chair, Water Quality Di-vision Chair and Sec-tion Trustee. He is most regarded, however, for his service as Education Program Director, and espe-cially for organizing the Water Education Symposia for the last several years. His attention to detail, perseverance and per-sonal skills are evident, both in organizing technical sessions and events and over-sight of the events as they happen, earning him the title of the Section’s most success-ful “wedding planner.”. S the constructive leadership that characterized George Warren Fuller. Marsi also serves as an important role model, encouraging women to assume active leadership positions in the wa-ter profession. Dr. Andrew Eaton has distinguished him-self in the water industry for over 35 years in his efforts to improve the technical capabilities of drinking water labora-tories. His involvement with AWWA, WaterRF and USEPA researching these technical issues and disseminating results through publications and technical papers has exemplified the engineering skill, diplomatic talent, and constructive leadership that charac-terized George Warren Fuller. Eaton has been a principal investigator in numerous Water Research Foundation and AWWA Water Industry Technical Action Fund projects and has been a USEPA expert reviewer on Safe Drinking Water Act issues. He is a long-standing AWWA representative on the Joint Editorial Board for Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater and has served on numerous AWWA, State, and EPA Workgroups, includ-ing those responsible for developing new definitions of quantitation and detection and evaluation of UCMR2 and UCMR3 programs. He recently served as an expert reviewer of preservation and holding time studies for EPA Method 1694 (pharmaceuticals and per-sonal care products). Congratulations to this year’s George Warren Fuller Awardees. S Jim Elliott is Co-Chair of the CA-NV Awards Committee.


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