Three Woodard & Curran Employees Honored by NEWEA for Wastewater Service and Excellence

Published: 2/7/2018

On January 24, the New England Water and Environment Association (NEWEA) recognized three Woodard & Curran employees for their outstanding contributions and service to New England’s wastewater community during the organization’s Annual Awards Ceremony. NEWEA presented Jay Sheehan the Alfred E. Peloquin Award, Susan Guswa the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award, and Richard Gould the Operator Safety Award.

The Alfred E. Peloquin Award is given to individuals in each of the six New England states who have made a significant contribution to the wastewater field. Jay Sheehan, Woodard & Curran’s Business Development Leader for its eastern region municipal practice, won the award for Connecticut. Sheehan has maintained an extraordinary level of voluntarism and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Water Pollution Abatement Association, serves as the Vice Chairman for Simsbury Water Pollution Control Authority, and is the former chair of NEWEA’s Utility Management and Government Affairs Committee. Beyond his volunteer contributions, Sheehan has decades of environmental engineering experience supporting municipal and institutional clients on projects in nearly every environmental service area—water, wastewater, civil engineering, and remediation, among others.

The Arthur Sidney Bedell Award acknowledges extraordinary personal service to the association. Sue Guswa, a Senior Technical Manager at Woodard & Curran, has demonstrated a strong commitment to NEWEA through her involvement in the association’s many volunteer committees. She is a current WEF Delegate and sits on both the Government Affairs Committee and the Innovation Task Force. Guswa was the past program chair of NEWEA’s Program Committee and Plant Operations Committee and earned her designation as a 5S Member in 2014 for her outstanding contribution to the activities and betterment of the association. 

Richard Gould, the recipient of this year’s Operator Safety Award, is the Plant Manager at Linden Ponds Wastewater Utility. As a Plant Manager at a one-person plant, Gould is responsible for managing the treatment plant, collection system, compliance sampling, and regulatory permitting, but still finds time to be extremely proactive in identifying and tackling any safety concerns at his plant. Gould embodies Woodard & Curran’s ‘safety by choice, not by chance’ motto and has been successfully operating the Linden Ponds Wastewater Utility for the last eight years. 

During NEWEA's award ceremony, Paul Dombrowski was also recognized as a WEF Fellow and Wastewater Trainer of the Year by US EPA – Region 1.  

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