Awards and Achievements Recognition for the Five-year Period, 2022-2018 

 

Algae Biomass Organization 2020 Innovation Collaboration of the Year Award
American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois 2018 Engineering Excellence Merit Award for the Mayfair Reservoir Expansion
American Public Works Association 2018 Chicago Metro Chapter Suburban Branch: Public Works Project of the Year Award for the Niles Flood Relief Project
American Society of Civil Engineers - Illinois Section 2018 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award, Over $100 Million Category, for the McCook Reservoir
American Society of Landscape Architects - Illinois Chapter 2018 Merit Award for Planning and Analysis for the Robbins Park Project
Chicago Metropolitan Agency For Planning (CMAP) 2021 CMAP Regional Excellence Award in the category of Regional Resilience: Buffalo Creek Reservoir
Environmental Systems Research Institute 2019 Special Achievement in Geographic Information System (SAG) Award
Friends of the Chicago River 2022 Chicago River Blue Award for work on the Natalie Creek Flood Control Project
  2019 Silver Ribbon Award with Army Corps of Engineers and Chicago Park District for North Branch Dam Removal Project
Funders Network 2020 Partners for Places Award for Space To Grow: Greening Chicago Schoolyards
Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada

2022-2018

Budget document recognized for Distinguished Budget Presentation

  2021-2018 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for MWRD Retiree Health Care Trust - Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for Fiscal Years 2018 through 2021
  2021-2018 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting - Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for Fiscal Years 2018 through 2021
  2021-2018 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the MWRD Retirement Fund - Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for Fiscal Years 2018 through 2021
Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management 2021 Stormwater Management Award
  2018 Legislative Award for the Watershed Management Ordinance
Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve 2021 Nomination for the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award
Illinois Water Environment Association 2022 Kari K. Steele, President, is the recipient of the Public Official of the Year award. The Public Official of the Year award is presented to an elected or appointed public official that has made a documented significant contribution in the areas of clean water legislation, public policy, government service, or another area of public prominence that resulted in improvements to the water environment
  2019 Best Presentation Award: A Reduction in Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products in Class A Biosolids by Open Composting
Lake County Stormwater Management Commission 2019 Best Management Practice Project of the Year for the Buffalo Creek Reservoir Expansion
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Transgender Chamber of Commerce 2021 Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year
Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago 2018 Neighborhood Development Award, in the category of: BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois Healthy Community, for the Space To Grow Partnership
Metropolitan Planning Council 2018 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning for the Space to Grow Partnership
National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), formerly known as Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies 2022 National Environmental Achievement Award for Public Information and Education Video for “Where Does IT Go?” animation
  2021 NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for 30 consecutive years of full compliance for Calumet Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 25 consecutive years of full compliance for Lemont Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 17 consecutive years of full compliance for James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 16 consecutive years of full compliance for Terrence J. O’Brien Water  Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 14 consecutive years of full compliance for Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant; and Platinum Award for eight consecutive years of full compliance for John E. Egan Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for Stickney Reclamation Plant
  2020 NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for 29 consecutive years of full compliance for Calumet Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 24 consecutive years of full compliance for Lemont Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 16 consecutive years of full compliance for James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 15 consecutive years of full compliance for Terrence J. O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 13 consecutive years of full compliance for Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant; and Platinum Award for seven consecutive years of full compliance for John E. Egan Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for Stickney Reclamation Plant
  2019 NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for 28 consecutive years of full compliance for Calumet Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 23 consecutive years of full compliance for Lemont Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 15 consecutive years of full compliance for James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 14 consecutive years of full compliance for Terrence J. O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 12 consecutive years of full compliance for Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant; and Platinum Award for six consecutive years of full compliance for John E. Egan Water Reclamation Plant
    National Environmental Achievement Award (NEAA) in the Operations & Environmental Performance Category
  2018 NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for 27 consecutive years of full compliance for Calumet Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 22 consecutive years of full compliance for Lemont Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 14 consecutive years of full compliance for James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 13 consecutive years of full compliance for Terrence J. O'Brien Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 11 consecutive years of full compliance for Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant; and Platinum Award for five consecutive years of full compliance for John E. Egan Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Silver Award for Stickney Water Reclamation Plant
National Biosolids Partnership (Water Environment Federation and National Association of Clean Water Agencies) 2018 Ten-Year Platinum Award for the Dedication to Environmentally Sound Biosolids Management Practices
National Institute of
Governmental Purchasing
2024-2018 Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award (accreditation certification is valid for five years from the day of award)
Peoples Gas 2022 Energy Efficiency Award for the heat exchanger installation and boiler removal project at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant
United States Minority Contractor Association 2019 Legacy Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
United States Patent and Trademark Office 2020 Patent for Production of Carbon-Based Compounds from Cellulosic Feedstock Fermentation; Application Number 62/965,592
Water Environment Federation 2022 Kari K. Steele, President, is the recipient of the Public Official of the Year award. The Public Official of the Year award is presented to an elected or appointed public official that has made a documented significant contribution in the areas of clean water legislation, public policy, government service, or another area of public prominence that resulted in improvements to the water environment
  2020 Utility of the Future Today Recognition
    Public Communication & Outreach Program Award
    Ralph Fuhrman Medal for Outstanding Water Quality Academic-Practice Collaboration
  2018 Project Excellence Award for the McCook Reservoir
Water Research Foundation 2022 Outstanding Subscriber Award for Applied Research