The EPA recently honored Janine Burke, Executive Director of the Warwick Sewer Authority, with a “2011 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Excellence Award”.
The EPA Regional Wastewater awards program recognizes municipal personnel in the wastewater field who have provided invaluable public service managing and operating wastewater treatment facilities throughout New England. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management was instrumental in Burke’s nomination.
Burke has been the Executive Director of the Authority since 2008 and has been in the environmental field for over 20 years. She has been a dedicated professional protecting the water quality and public health of Rhode Island’s citizens. During the past two years, Burke, along with her entire wastewater treatment plant and collection system staff, has been instrumental in overseeing the recovery and complete rebuilding of the entire wastewater treatment plant that was devastated by the spring flood of 2010.
“The professionals operating these wastewater treatment plants, as well as the municipalities and the state environmental agencies that support them, are essential to keeping our environment healthy by protecting water quality. They are devoted, often under-appreciated, and demonstrate a high level of commitment under extreme situations. I am proud to acknowledge Ms. Burke’s outstanding contributions to help protect public health and Rhode Island’s waterways for so many years and to give her the credit she deserves,” Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's New England Office said in a statement.
EPA’s New England office formally acknowledged Burke’s outstanding contributions during the annual New England Water Environment Association Conference at the Boston Copley Marriott Hotel yesterday.