The Northern Kentucky Sanitation District No.1, with project assistance from Woolpert Inc., was recently awarded the U.S.Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) 2004 National Clean Water Act RecognitionAward for its outstanding municipal stormwater management program.

Theaward was presented to the District at the Water Environment Federations(WEFTEC) annual Technical Exposition and Conference in New Orleans. The Districtwas recognized for its outstanding technological achievements and innovativeprocesses related to the Districts new stormwater utility that encompasses 34municipalities in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties, as well as the threecounties themselves.

Since 1998, Woolpert has provided water resourceengineering, surveying, GIS and information technology services to the District.Through numerous project phases, Woolpert helped the District develop theregional storm water program, inventory its infrastructure assets, develop adatabase of stormwater structures, create a capital improvement plan, submit aregional NPDES Phase II permit application and establish a storm water billingutility (which was successfully implemented on Aug. 1, 2003).

In the caseof the District and the counties and municipalities of northern Kentucky, thissix-year journey began with a vision that was shared by an agency (the District)and local leaders who were willing to do things differently to more efficientlymeet the needs of their citizens. This award is a well-deserved stop on thejourney that will see the District and northern Kentucky taking other innovativesteps to improve the environment for all the areas citizens, Bill Spearman,Woolpert project director, said.

The District is very excited to havereceived the USEPA award for the outstanding municipal stormwater managementprogram. We strive every day to address the water quality and quantity needs ofthe northern Kentucky region and to deliver an effective and efficient programto our citizens. It is nice to be recognized for these efforts. Woolpert hasbeen very instrumental in helping the District develop its storm water program.It has truly been a joint effort, and we value our relationship with Woolpert,John Lyons, director of stormwater management, stated.