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Wastewater Treatment Plant Receives 2020 Outstanding Performance Award

Jul 23, 2021

"July 23, 2021

The Honorable Julia Johnson
Mayor of Sedro-Woolley
325 Metcalf St.
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

RE: 2020 Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance Awards

Dear Mayor Johnson:

Congratulations! The Sedro-Woolley Wastewater Treatment Plant is receiving the 2020
'Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance' award. Of approximately 300
wastewater treatment plants statewide, yours is one of 125 that achieved full compliance with its
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit in 2020.

My staff evaluated wastewater treatment plants in Washington for compliance with the effluent
limits, monitoring and reporting requirements, spill prevention planning, pretreatment, and
overall operational demands of the NPDES permit.

This is the third consecutive year the Sedro-Woolley Wastewater Treatment Plant received this
award. Your excellent record is a credit to the dedicated operators who are responsible for
running this award-winning plant.

It takes diligent operators and a strong management team, working effectively together, to
achieve this high level of compliance. It is not easy to operate a wastewater treatment plant 24
hours a day, 365 days a year, without violations.

Operators faced unprecedented challenges in 2020 and used impressive creativity and shared
expertise to manage wipes, gloves, and masks clogging pipes and pumps, and numerous other
challenges. Ecology appreciates the extraordinary level of effort your plant operators
demonstrated throughout 2020. Talented and proficient operators are critical to successful plant
operations and protecting the health of Washington's waters.

We will announce the 2020 award recipients, including the Sedro-Woolley Wastewater
Treatment Plant, in the coming weeks.

Please contact Greg Lipnickey at 206-594-0172 or if you have any
questions or comments about your award.

Thank you for the excellent service your operators provide to your community and the waters of


Vincent McGowan, P.E.
Water Quality Program Manager"

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