Treatment Plant Operator Receives Regional Award

January  26, 2012

 Dusty Maynard’s name isn’t familiar to Napa Valley residents, but everyday he works behind the scenes to ensure that the Napa Sanitation District’s wastewater treatment plant is operating smoothly. “It’s the type of job where if you don’t receive attention, that usually means you’re doing things right!” explains Shar Maglione, the wastewater treatment plant manager. But this year, the California Water Environment Association’s Redwood Empire Section recognized Dusty Maynard as an unsung hero, an up and coming wastewater treatment plant operator who shows great potential in his field.

The California Water Environment Association (CWEA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the educational development of its membership of wastewater treatment professionals. After two fellow employees independently nominated Dusty, CWEA’s Redwood Empire Chapter awards committee selected him to receive the Murray McKinnie Award. Established in 1972, this award recognizes rising stars in the wastewater treatment profession.

The Murray McKinnie Award recipient demonstrates advanced job skills, actively participates in the operation of a treatment plant, is a team player and a valuable asset to his or her employer. Dusty Maynard began his career with the District in 2002 as a plant attendant, working both in the treatment plant and as part of the recycled water staff, before transferring to the plant full time as an operator-in-training. Dusty is now an Operator I and is studying for his Operator II exam.

“Each level of training requires significant work and allows an operator to have increased responsibility in operating the treatment plant,” says Maglione. “We’re proud that CWEA has recognized Dusty’s efforts and achievement.” Two other NSD employees have received this award in previous years.

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