6B — December 22 - January 12, 2018 — Industry Leaders— ODM — M id A tlantic

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Riverhead ReUse Project awarded 2017 Project Excellence Award Town of Riverhead & H2M architects + engineers receives National Award


Project Excellence Award pays tribute to excellence and in- novation in the execution of projects and programs in the water sector. The Town of Riverhead in a 15-year partnership with H2M architects + engineers successfully designed and implemented the first of its kind in the state of New York; the RiverheadWater Resource Recovery Facility Upgrade and ReUse Program. This project resulted resoundingly in a cadre of positive outcomes from ReUsing wastewater to irrigate the nearby golf course;

proving and setting NYS Re- Use water standards; RePur- posing existing buildings and tanks; protecting the Peconic Estuary; and saving up to 100 million gallons a year from being pumped from our sole source drinking water aquifer. “It is a pleasure to work with the Town of Riverhead. The leadership exemplifies vision and courage. Having the vi- sion to see what could be done and the courage to face the challenges without losing fo- cus of the goal,” said Humann. “It’s a state-of-the-art project that is really going to set the standard not only on Long Island but even nationally.” "This project represents all that is good when different levels of government work together," stated Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Wal- ter. "Suffolk County, New York State and the Town of Riverhead's commitment to the improvement of our estu- ary has allowed us to move forward with this innovative design in the treatment of wastewater and I hope will serve as a beacon for other communities. I am thankful to the men and women that are employed by the Riverhead Sewer District for their hard work, and I would like to com- mend Superintendent Michael Reichel for his commitment to this project." The initial goal of this proj- ect was to improve the Peconic Estuary. Working hand in hand with local and state government the goal “flushed” its way out and it became very evident that this project had so many more benefits be- yond initial thoughts. In one’s career you don’t often get the opportunity to Choose an im- provement; more commonly it is a requirement or mandated. This project exemplifies what can be achieved with political support, regulatory support and public support. In addition to the WEF na- tional award, the Riverhead Water ReUse Program was recognized by ACEC NY with the 2017 Diamond Award and the 2017 Sustainability Award by the Long Island Branch of ASCE Metropolitan Chapter. ASCE sustainability award recognizes a project that utiliz- es principles of sustainability throughout design, construc- tion, and operation. This was the first year this award was given by ASCE. n

ELVILLE, NY —On November 21, 2017 H2M architects +

engineers’ (H2M) Rich Hu- mann , president and CEO, and Chris Weiss deputy director of Wastewater Engineering presented the Water Envi- ronmental Federation’s (a national organization) 2017 Project Excellence Award to Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walters and Town Board members James Wooten, John Dunleavy, Jodi Giglio, Tim Hubbard and Superintendent of the Riverhead Sewer District, Michael Reichel. WEF's annual

Superintendent Michael Reichel, Councilperson Jodi Giglio, Super- visor Sean Walter, Councilperson Tim Hubbard, Councilperson John Dunleavy, Councilperson James Wooten, CEO and President Rich Humann, P.E., Deputy Director of Wastewater Engineering Chris Weiss.

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