Blog: Vermont's Water Heroes
Meet some of Vermont’s newest water and wastewater operators. This is the next generation of water professionals, who will serve their communities, protect public health, and tackle new challenges like emerging contaminants and climate change.
Tom Coates is retiring after 35 years at the Quechee Wastewater Treatment Facility. “I am going to miss the people I have worked with over the years,” Tom said.
Max started as a registered apprentice at the Springfield Wastewater Treatment Facility in December 2019. After two years, he will be the first apprentice to complete the program.
In honor of Veteran’s Day, we are recognizing several individuals who have served their country and now are serving their communities by providing safe drinking water and treated wastewater.
Leonard has been working at Kurn Hattin School for 22 years. He says his favorite part of the job is helping people. He’s proud to be always improving the water system and keeping up with changing regulations to keep the consumers safe.
Marcel Mayhew, chief operator for the Village of North Troy Water and Wastewater, is the winner of the 2021 Tony Torchia Award for outstanding service to the water and wastewater industry in Vermont.
Megan Moir is the division director for Burlington Water Resources. “We are a One Water organization,” she says. “Drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater.”
April Busfield is the chief operator for Canaan and Stewartstown wastewater treatment facility, Canaan Fire District 1, and Canaan Fire District 2.
This month, instead of honoring just one Water Hero, we're highlighting three: the fantastic team at the City of Montpelier Water Treatment Facility. Geoff Wilson is the Chief Operator and will...
Amelia McClure is a wastewater treatment apprentice at the City of Burlington. She’s nearly halfway through her two-year apprenticeship to become a certified wastewater operator.
Gail Tiffany, laboratory director for the Bennington WWTF, is retiring after 35 years of service. She is truly a hero of Vermont’s water resources industry!
Jim Fay is the winner of the 2020 Tony Torchia Award for outstanding service to the water industry. Jim retired last summer after more than 40 years with Champlain Water District.
Pedro Grodin, Chief Operator at the Newport City Water and Wastewater Systems, talks about money-saving and award-winning projects he’s implemented over the years.
Buddy Ball talks about how the pandemic has impacted his work at water systems in the Northeast Kingdom.
Trevor Welch, head water and wastewater operator for the Village of Jeffersonville, discusses how work and life have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.