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King County honored by NACWA Environmental Achievement Awards

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King County’s commitment to outstanding environmental resource management and technical innovation was recognized by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) with two prestigious Environmental Achievement Awards.

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King County’s commitment to outstanding environmental resource management and technical innovation was recognized by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) with two prestigious Environmental Achievement Awards.

"These awards are both an honor and an inspiration, showcasing our employees’ dedication to delivering excellence to the people we serve,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) Director Christie True earned NACWA’s 2012 Environmental Service Award honoring individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the clean-water industry.

True’s distinguished environmental career spans nearly three decades. Prior to serving as director of King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division from 2007 to 2010, she successfully managed the $1.8 billion Brightwater Treatment System project, celebrated for its sustainable design, environmental enhancement, and state-of-the-art technology. Appointed by King County Executive Dow Constantine to lead DNRP in 2010, True currently manages 1,500 employees and two utilities responsible for treating and recycling wastewater and solid waste, while also overseeing programs to protect regional water quality, land, and natural habitats.

King County’s Brightwater Treatment Plant took top honors in the 2012 Operations and Environmental Performance category. The plant began operating in September 2011 after five years of construction, and in January received an Engineering Excellence Award for 2012 from American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Washington. ACEC also honored Brightwater with a National Recognition Award.

Brightwater is the largest plant in the world to employ advanced membrane bioreactor technology, which can produce reclaimed water suitable for irrigating sports fields, golf courses and food crops.

For more information on these award-winning contributions to environmental protection and wastewater management, please visit the Department of Natural Resources and Parks or the Brightwater Treatment Plant websites.

The National Environmental Achievement Awards are sponsored by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Washington, DC.

People enjoy clean water and a healthy environment because of King County's wastewater treatment program. The county’s Wastewater Treatment Division protects public health, the environment and the economy by serving 17 cities, 17 local sewer districts and more than 1.5 million residents in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Formerly called Metro, the regional clean-water agency now operated by King County has been preventing water pollution for nearly 50 years.