FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
City of Ridgefield, Washington Receives Award for Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant
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Steve Wall, Public Works Director
Ridgefield, WA, May 13, 2010 – The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) has identified the City of Ridgefield Wastewater Treatment Plant for a "Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance" award for operations during the 2009 calendar year.
Of approximately 300 wastewater treatment plants statewide, the City of Ridgefield’s plant was among 87 that achieved full compliance with the discharge permits in 2009. This is the fourth time in six years that the City of Ridgefield has received this award.
A May 7, 2010 letter from Kelly Susewind, Water Quality Program Manager, stated "It takes diligent operators and a strong management team, working effectively together, to ensure this high level of compliance. Ecology appreciates the extraordinary level of effort demonstrated throughout 2009. Skillful and proficient operators are critical to the successful plant operations and protection of Washington State’s precious waters. It is obvious that dedicated operators, whose combined efforts lead to outstanding compliance run the City of Ridgefield Wastewater Treatment Plant".
The City of Ridgefield recognizes the efforts and commitment of John Duback, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, Steven Wall, Public Works Director, Tad Arends, Facilities Supervisor, and all of the other operations staff who assists in the treatment plant and commends them for a job well done.
City Manager Justin Clary said "Receipt yet again of this award provides another great example of the professional staff that the City of Ridgefield employs. I am honored to work with such dedicated staff that work hard to ensure continuous and cost-effective services are provided to the Ridgefield community."
The City of Ridgefield, incorporated in 1909, is a rapidly growing community located in northern Clark County, Washington approximately 10 miles north of Vancouver, Washington. Over the next 20 years, the City of Ridgefield expects to grow to a population of over 20,000 persons with an employment base of over 13,000 jobs. The City has adopted a Council-City Manager form of government. The City Manager acts as the chief executive officer of the City overseeing daily operations, annual budget development and implementation, and personnel. The City Manager works with a management team composed of the Director of Finance & Administration/City Clerk, the Community Development Director, the Public Works Director and the Police Chief to insure that community services are provided and that the policy directives of the City Council are carried out in the most efficient manner possible.