We were excited to learn that Mayor Tom Henry received the 2019 National Environmental Achievement Award last month. The award was for Local Public Service by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). Mayor Henry was selected for his dedication to protecting water resources, cleaning Fort Wayne’s rivers and reducing energy costs.
As project managers, we’ve worked extensively with municipalities, and regularly collaborate with the environmental engineers that have helped make Mayor Henry’s efforts a reality.
National Environmental Achievement Award
The award recognizes public officials at the local, state and federal levels of government “who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to service in their community and protecting the environment.” Henry was one of five public servants presented with the award. Recipients included one federal level, two state leaders and two local leaders from across the country.
Mayor Henry was selected by NACWA officials based on his accomplishments that have made a difference throughout Fort Wayne and surrounding areas.
Walden Environmental Engineers Fort Wayne office was one of the companies behind the scenes working on clean water initiatives advocated by Henry. Together they have successfully brought affordable, quality water to more residents in the greater Fort Wayne area through the acquisition and consolidation of utility systems, public-private partnerships, shared services and interlocal agreements and other efforts.
BCS works with Walden Environmental regularly on several municipal projects, and we are thrilled with what they have helped to accomplish.
Their Long-Term Project Highlights Include:
- The Aqua America (Indiana) water utility acquisitions
- The Town of Zanesville (sewer), Deer Track (sewer), Salt Hill (water) and White Swan (water) utility acquisitions and integrations
- Public-Private Partnership with Aqua America (Indiana) for the Diversion and Treatment of Sewage (15-years, 1.5 MGD)
- Shared Services Agreement (10-year) with the Allen County Regional Water and Sewer District for Billing, Professional Services and Certain Operational and Maintenance Activities
- Interlocal Agreements (20-year) with Town of Grabill, Leo-Cedarville, Maysville and Allen County Regional Sewer Districts for Water Pollution Control and Treatment
- Septic System Relief Projects in Rural Areas Near Fort Wayne
Thanks to Walden and Mayor Henry’s efforts, Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas seeing public health and environmentally-friendly benefits, and the community is also experiencing lower utility rates.
We’d like to congratulate Mayor Tom Henry, our colleagues at Walden and everyone who is helping to make Fort Wayne a more environmentally-friendly place.