CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION OF WATER POLLUTION CONTROL AUTHORITIES
2019-2020 PRESIDENTIAL EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENTS
Brian, originally from Long Island, received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University in 1967. He then served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and as a project engineer for a New Jersey water company before going to Penn State for a master’s degree in Sanitary Engineering which he received in 1972. Brian is a registered Professional Engineer in Connecticut and is also one of few professional engineers in Connecticut to also be certified as a Grade IV Wastewater Treatment Operator.
For almost 50 years, Brian’s career has focused on protecting the public health and environment of Connecticut by acting as a civil and environmental engineer, with over 25 years involved with the operations, management, and evaluation of municipal wastewater treatment facilities. In 1972, he began his career in Connecticut at the CTDEP working as a project engineer providing technical and operational support of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. From 1975 to 1983 he was Plant Superintendent/Chief Engineer at The Mattabassett District Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, which at that time was a 30 mgd physical-chemical facility with a multiple-hearth incinerator. From 1983 to 2000 he worked at several consulting firms including YWC where he provided wastewater engineering and treatment operations support, and where many of Connecticut’s senior wastewater operations professionals began their careers alongside Brian.
In 2000, he returned to The Mattabassett District as Executive Director until 2015, responsible for all aspects of management and operations of the District and its regional wastewater treatment facility which serves New Britain, Berlin, Cromwell, Middletown and portions of Rocky Hill, Newington and Farmington. He was responsible for guiding the District through the arduous process to upgrade the treatment facility to achieve Connecticut’s stringent nitrogen removal requirements, upgrade aging systems and to accommodate flows from Middletown, allowing them to abandon their own antiquated wastewater treatment facility. He provided oversight for the planning, design, funding, permitting, regulatory approvals, public relations, intermunicipal agreements and legislative issues for the $100 million project. The upgraded facility was expanded to handle an average daily flow of 35 mgd with peak flows of up to 110 mgd and includes a 4-stage Bardenpho process for nitrogen removal and state-of-the-art merchant sludge fluidized bed incinerator with emissions control and odor control systems.
During his career, Brian has been active in several professional organizations including serving as chairman of the NEWEA Utilities Management Committee, and as a member of the CTDEEP Nitrogen Credit Trading Program. Brian was a board member of CAWPCA. In his spare time, he served for over 18 years on the Cromwell Planning and Zoning Board, acting as chairman as well as being a member of the Cromwell Sewer Commission and Charter Committee. Brian and his wife Joan (retired math schoolteacher) currently live in Berlin and have two very accomplished sons with their own families.
Because of Brian’s long history and significant positive impact working in Connecticut’s wastewater treatment industry, commitment to protecting our public health and the environment, and involvement in the founding of CAWPCA, we award Brian the CAWPA Presidential Excellence Award.
Congratulations, Brian! We appreciate all that you have done for our organization.
Andrew has lived his entire life in Connecticut, except for his four years at the University of Maine. He has lived 36 of those years in East Haddam.
He started off his environmental career at the University of Maine at Machias, Maine, where he received his undergraduate degree in Biological Technology. He received his Law Degree fro UCONN Law School in 1996.
Andrew's entire career has been focused on the environment and related issues. It starts with working for the State of Maine Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, then the United States Forest Service doing gypsy moth research. Following his work for TRC as an environmental Chemist, Andrew joined Haley & Aldrich as an Environmental Scientist, while attending UCONN Law School. It was during this time in 1992 that he joined the East Haddam WPCA, and succeeded Denise Ruzicka as Chairman in the mid 90's. Andrew has been on the WPCA for 27 years, and still holds the position of Chairman for over 20 years.
After Andrew acquired a position at Murtha Cullina as an Environmental Attorney, he joined with Mike Ziska, representatives from several different municipal WPCAs and others who realized that there was a need for an organization to represent WPCAs. After many years of determination this group's efforts culminated in the registration of the CAWPCA on July 10, 2003.
After 20 years at Murtha Cullina, Andrew went out on his own to practice privately as an attorney for WPCAs and pursuing other related work opportunities.
Andrew has a long history of working in the environmental, wastewater and related fields. Because of all this history, his effort and involvement in our industry, the formation of the CAWPCA and his dedication, we award Andrew the CAWPCA Presidential Excellence Award.
Congratulations, Andrew! We appreciate all that you have done for our organization.