2020 National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Award Winners Announced

Eighteen high-performing municipalities received recognition in the sixth annual National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards. These awards celebrate administrators of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) that perform beyond regulatory requirements.

The awards recognize performance in the categories of innovation and program management as well as combined high scores in both categories. Submissions for the National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards undergo an expert committee review and selection process.

The winners of the sixth annual National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards are:

Phase I Winners

  • Overall Winner – City of Charlotte Storm Water Services, North Carolina
  • Program Management Winner – Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works, Maryland
  • Innovation Winner – Metro Nashville Water Services – Stormwater NPDES Office, Tennessee

Phase II Winners

  • Overall Winner – Capitol Region Watershed District, Minnesota
  • Program Management Winner – City of Alexandria, Virginia
  • Innovation Winner – Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District – St. Louis MS4 Co-Permittee Group, Missouri

Read more about the 2020 Award Winners in the Stormwater Report and view the videos below from the Phase I and Phase II Overall Winners.

In addition to the winners, the other applicants were categorized into levels signifying their status among other MS4 communities across the country. Each MS4 will receive a certificate indicating either Gold, Silver or Bronze level status in both program management and innovation.

Gold recognition in Program Management

Phase I

  • Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works, Maryland
  • City of Birmingham – Planning, Engineering, and Permits, Alabama
  • City of Charlotte Storm Water Services, North Carolina
  • City of Dayton, Department of Water, Ohio
  • Fairfax County Government, Virginia
  • Jefferson Parish Environmental Affairs, Louisiana
  • Metro Nashville Water Services – Stormwater NPDES Office, Tennessee
Phase II

  • Capitol Region Watershed District, Minnesota
  • City of Alexandria, Virginia
  • City of Denton, Texas
  • Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District – St. Louis MS4 Co-Permittee Group, Missouri
  • Rockville, Maryland
  • Town of Lexington, Massachusetts

Silver recognition in Program Management

Phase I

  • Harris County Engineering Department, Texas
  • Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District, Kentucky
  • Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, Louisiana
Phase II

  • City of Piqua, Ohio
  • Lake Havasu City, Arizona
  • Gold recognition in Innovation

    • Phase I
      • City of Charlotte Storm Water Services, North Carolina
      • Metro Nashville Water Services – Stormwater NPDES Office, Tennessee

    Silver recognition in Innovation

    Phase I

    • Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works, Maryland
    • City of Birmingham – Planning, Engineering, and Permits, Alabama
    • City of Dayton, Department of Water, Ohio
    • Fairfax County Government, Virginia
    • Harris County Engineering Department, Texas
    • Jefferson Parish Environmental Affairs, Louisiana
    • Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District, Kentucky
    • Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, Louisiana
    Phase II

    • Capitol Region Watershed District, Minnesota
    • City of Alexandria, Virginia
    • City of Denton, Texas
    • City of Piqua, Ohio
    • Lake Havasu City, Arizona
    • Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District – St. Louis MS4 Co-Permittee Group, Missouri
    • Rockville, Maryland
    • Town of Lexington, Massachusetts

    About the Award

    The National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards program, developed and introduced in 2015 by the Water Environment Federation through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was established to recognize high-performing regulated MS4s. Award winners meet and exceed regulatory requirements in innovative ways that are effective and cost-efficient.

    For more information, contact Rebecca Arvin-Colon at rarvin-colon@wef.org or ms4awards@wef.org


    WEF Announces Fifth Year of MS4 Award Winners at WEFTEC 2019

    Twenty-two high-performing municipalities and one university received recognition in the fifth annual National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards on Sept. 23. These awards celebrate administrators of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) that perform beyond regulatory requirements.

    Developed and introduced in 2015 by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this year’s distinctions were awarded to the winners during the annual Stormwater Congress Luncheon at WEFTEC 2019 in Chicago, Ill.

    The awards recognize performance in the categories of innovation and program management as well combined high scores in both categories. Applications for the National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards are reviewed by a broad work team of water sector experts.

    Recognizing stormwater management achievements

    Mark Doneux of the Capitol Region Watershed District and WEF’s Rebecca Arvin-Colon discuss the achievements of the US award-winning communities. Read more.

    The winners of the fifth annual National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards are:

    Phase I Winners

    • Metropolitan Nashville (Tenn.) Water Services—Overall Winner
    • Anne Arundel County, Md.—Program Management
    • Louisville and Jefferson County (Ky.) Metropolitan Sewer District—Innovation

    Phase II Winners

    • City of Alexandria, Va.— Overall Winner
    • Capitol Region (Minn.) Watershed District—Innovation
    • Rogue Valley (Ore.) Sewer Services—Program Management

    In addition to the winners, the other applicants were categorized into levels signifying their status among other MS4 communities across the country. Each MS4 received a certificate indicating either Gold, Silver or Bronze level status in both program management and innovation.

    Gold recognition in Innovation

    Phase I

    • Louisville and Jefferson County (Ky.) Metropolitan Sewer District
    • Metro Nashville (Tenn.) Water Services – Stormwater Division

    Silver recognition in Innovation

    Phase I

    • Albuquerque (N.M.) Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority
    • Anne Arundel County, Md.
    • Baltimore City (Md.) Department of Public Works
    • City of Atlanta (Ga.) Department of Watershed Management
    • City of Lincoln (Neb.) Watershed Management Division
    • City of Roswell (Ga.) Stormwater Utility
    • Fairfax County (Va.) Government
    • New York City Department of Environmental Protection
    • Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (La.)
    Phase II

    • Capitol Region Watershed District (Minn.)
    • City of Alexandria (Va.)
    • City of Denton (Texas)
    • City of Pensacola (Fla.)
    • City of Port St. Lucie (Fla.)
    • City of Westlake (Ohio)
    • Hobart (Ind.) Sanitary/Stormwater District
    • Roanoke City (Va.) Stormwater Utility
    • Rogue Valley (Ore.) Sewer Services
    • The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, Pa.)
    • Town of Queen Creek (Ariz.)

    Bronze recognition in Innovation
    Phase I

    • Harris County (Texas) Engineering Department

    Gold recognition in Program Management

    Phase I

    • Albuquerque (N.M.) Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority
    • Anne Arundel County, Md.
    • Baltimore City (Md.) Department of Public Works
    • City of Lincoln (Neb.) Watershed Management Division
    • City of Roswell (Ga.) Stormwater Utility
    • Fairfax County (Va.) Government
    • Louisville and Jefferson County (Ky.) Metropolitan Sewer District
    • Metro Nashville (Tenn.) Water Services – Stormwater Division
    • New York City Department of Environmental Protection
    • Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (La.)
    Phase II

    • Capitol Region Watershed District (Minn.)
    • City of Alexandria (Va.)
    • City of Denton (Texas)
    • City of Pensacola (Fla.)
    • City of Port St. Lucie (Fla.)
    • City of Westlake (Ohio)
    • Hobart (Ind.) Sanitary/Stormwater District
    • Roanoke City (Va.) Stormwater Utility
    • Rogue Valley (Ore.) Sewer Services
    • The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, Pa.)
    • Town of Queen Creek (Ariz.)

    Silver recognition in Program Management

    Phase I

    • City of Atlanta (Ga.) Department of Watershed Management
    • Harris County (Texas) Engineering Department

    2018 Awards Program Information

    WEF Stormwater Institute announces 2018 MS4 Award winners

    On Monday, Oct. 1, 22 agencies received recognition by the fourth annual WEF National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards Program. The winners received their awards at the Stormwater Congress Luncheon held at WEFTEC® 2018 in New Orleans.

    Housed within the WEF Stormwater Institute, this awards program was developed to encourage innovation among municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4s) programs nationwide. The MS4 awards are intended to inspire leaders to seek new and innovative ways to meet and exceed regulatory requirements in ways that are technically effective and financially efficient.

    The three award categories are Program Management, Innovation, and Overall Highest Score, which indicates the best performing programs. Each category has winners in both Phase I and Phase II communities. Phase I communities are medium and large cities or certain counties with populations of 100,000 or more. Phase II communities are smaller entities that operate an MS4.

    The 2018 National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Award winners are listed below.

    Phase I Winners

    • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Division of Water Quality, Kentucky – Program Management and Overall Highest Score
    • Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District, Kentucky — Innovation

    Phase II Winners

    • City of Alexandria, Virginia — Innovation and Overall Highest Score
    • City of Auburn, Alabama – Program Management

    In addition to the winners, the other applicants have been categorized into levels signifying their status among other MS4 communities nationwide. Each MS4 received a certificate indicating Silver or Gold level status in both program management and innovation.

    Gold in Innovation

    Phase I

    • Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District, Kentucky

    Silver in Innovation

    Phase I

    • Anne Arundel County, Maryland
    • City of Dayton, Department of Water, Ohio
    • City of Glendale, Water Services Department, Arizona
    • City of Los Angeles, LA Sanitation and Environment, Watershed Protection Division
    • City of Pensacola, Florida
    • District Department of the Environment, Washington, D.C.
    • Fairfax County, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Stormwater Planning Division, Virginia
    • Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
    • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Division of Water Quality, Kentucky
    • State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District

    Phase II

    • Capitol Region Watershed District, Minnesota
    • City of Alexandria, Virginia
    • City of Auburn, Alabama
    • City of Richmond, Department of Public Utilities, Virginia
    • East Lampeter Township, Pennsylvania
    • Lake Havasu City, Arizona
    • Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Missouri
    • Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, Louisiana
    • St Tammany Parish Government, Louisiana
    • Town of North Hempstead, New York
    • Town of Yarmouth, Massachusetts

    Gold in Program Management

    Phase I

    • Anne Arundel County, Maryland
    • City of Dayton, Department of Water, Ohio
    • City of Glendale, Water Services Department, Arizona
    • City of Los Angeles, LA Sanitation and Environment, Watershed Protection Division
    • District Department of the Environment, Washington, D.C.
    • Fairfax County, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Stormwater Planning Division, Virginia
    • Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
    • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Division of Water Quality, Kentucky
    • Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District, Kentucky
    • State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District

    Phase II

    • Capitol Region Watershed District, Minnesota
    • City of Alexandria, Virginia
    • City of Auburn, Alabama
    • City of Richmond, Department of Public Utilities, Virginia
    • East Lampeter Township, Pennsylvania
    • Lake Havasu City, Arizona
    • Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Missouri
    • Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Town of Yarmouth, Massachusetts

    Silver in Program Management

    Phase I

    • City of Pensacola, Florida

    Phase II

    • St Tammany Parish Government, Louisiana
    • Town of North Hempstead, New York

    2017 Awards Program Information

    WEF Announces Third Year of MS4 Award Winners at WEFTEC 2017

    Thirteen high-performing municipalities received recognition in the third annual National MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards on Oct. 2, 2017. These awards celebrate administrators of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) that perform beyond regulatory requirements.

    Developed and introduced in 2015 by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the 2017 distinctions were awarded to the winners during the annual Stormwater Congress Luncheon at WEFTEC 2017 in Chicago.

    The awards recognize performance in the categories of innovation and program management as well combined high scores in both categories. Applications for the National MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards are reviewed by a broad subcommittee of water sector experts.

    The awards also are separated into two classifications based on the population of the communities they serve. The classifications are:

    • Phase I, which encompassed medium or large cities with more than 100,000 customers and
    • Phase II, which encompasses smaller storm sewer systems outside of heavily populated urban areas.

    The winners of the 3rd annual National MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards are as follows:

    Overall Highest Scores

    • Phase I – City of Austin, Texas, Watershed Protection Department
    • Phase II – Capitol Region Watershed District, St. Paul, Minn.

    Innovation

    • Phase I – Boston Water and Sewer Commission
    • Phase II – Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

    Program Management

    • Phase I – City of Alpharetta, Ga.
    • Phase II – City of Alexandria, Va.

    The 2017 recipients were awarded silver or gold certificates based on their level of performance in innovation or program management.

    Gold recognition in Innovation

    Phase I

    • Boston Water and Sewer Commission
    • City of Alpharetta, Ga.
    • City of Corpus Christi, Texas
    • City of Grand Rapids, Mich.
    • City of Austin, Texas, Watershed Protection Department
    Phase II

    • Capitol Region Watershed District, St. Paul, Minn.
    • City of Alexandria, Va.

    Silver recognition in Innovation

    Phase I

    • City of Wichita, Kan.
    • Columbus, Ohio, Division of Sewerage and Drainage
    • Louisville, Ky., MSD
    • City of Dayton, Ohio; Department of Water
    Phase II

    • City of Surprise, Ariz.
    • Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

    Gold recognition in Program Management

    Phase I

    • Boston Water and Sewer Commission
    • City of Alpharetta, Ga.
    • City of Corpus Christi, Texas
    • City of Grand Rapids, Mich.
    • City of Austin, Texas, Watershed Protection Department
    Phase II

    • Capitol Region Watershed District, St. Paul, Minn.
    • City of Alexandria, Va.

    Silver recognition in Program Management

    Phase I

    • City of Dayton, Ohio; Department of Water
    • City of Wichita, Kan.
    • Columbus, Ohio, Division of Sewerage and Drainage
    • Louisville, Ky., MSD
    Phase II

    • City of Surprise, Ariz.
    • Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

    2016 Awards Program Information

    WEF announces second year of MS4 award winners at WEFTEC 2016

    Six high-performing municipalities left the 89th annual Water Environment Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC® 2016) in New Orleans as recipients of this year’s National MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards.

    The distinction, introduced last year to celebrate administrators of MS4s that perform beyond regulatory requirements, was awarded to the winners during WEFTEC’s annual Stormwater Congress on Sept. 27.

    Separated based on the population of the communities they serve, participating municipalities were classified as either Phase I or Phase II.

    While all entrants received gold, silver, or bronze certificates based on their level of performance in the categories of innovation and program management, three stand-out winners from each classification were chosen in each category. Two additional winners were recognized for achieving combined high scores in both assessments.

    The winners of the 2nd annual National MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards are as follows:

    Overall Highest Scores
    Phase I –  Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program, Calif.
    Phase II –  Capitol Region Watershed District, Minn.

    Innovation
    Phase I –  Jefferson Parish Environmental Affairs, La.
    Phase II –  City of Auburn, Ala.

    Program Management
    Phase I –  City of Austin, Texas Watershed Protection Department
    Phase II –  Kitsap County Public Works, Wash.

    Developed by WEF in cooperation with the U.S. EPA, applications for the National MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards were reviewed by a broad steering committee of water sector experts, including representatives from WEF.

    2015 Awards Program Information

    2015 Awards Program Information

    The National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards program, led by WEF through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. EPA, was established to recognize high-performing regulated MS4 programs. The objective of the program is to recognize high-performing, regulated Phase I and Phase II MS4 communities that meet and exceed regulatory requirements in innovative ways that are effective and cost efficient.

    In response to the 2015 call for applications, WEF received eight Phase I and 22 Phase II applications in the first year of this awards program. Three winners from both Phase I and Phase II communities were selected in the categories of program management, innovation, and overall highest score.

    Applications were reviewed and winners selected by a diverse steering committee that included members and volunteers from WEF’s stormwater and watershed national committees, as well as representatives from each of the following organizations: the Association of Clean Water Administrators, American Rivers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies, and the Water Environment Research Foundation.

    The award winners were formally announced and celebrated at the 2015 WEFTEC Stormwater Congress Luncheon on Monday, September 28 in Chicago.

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    Recognizing stormwater management achievements

    Mark Doneux of the Capitol Region Watershed District and WEF’s Pallavi Raviprakash discuss the achievements of the US award-winning communities, including the overall winners the City of Charlotte, North Carolina and City of Fairbanks, Alaska. Read more.

    Overall Highest Scores

    Phase I – Charlotte Stormwater Services, Charlotte, N.C.

    Phase II – City of Fairbanks, Alaska

    Innovation 

    Phase I – City of Santa Monica, Calif. and City of Tacoma, Wash.

    Phase II – City of Alexandria, Va.

    Program Management 

    Phase I – Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Md.

    Phase II – Lafayette Consolidated Government, Lafayette, La.

    Based on steering committee review scores, each application was categorized as a Bronze, Silver, or Gold level community within both Program Management and Innovation categories. All participants will receive certificates highlighting their level of achievement. Awards and certificates will be mailed to the winners following WEFTEC 2015.

    All applicant designations are listed below:

    Phase I Communities and MS4s

      Location State Program Management Innovation
    City of Santa Monica Santa Monica Calif. SILVER SILVER
    Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Rockville Md. GOLD SILVER
    City of Chattanooga Chattanooga Tenn. SILVER SILVER
    Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans New Orleans La. SILVER SILVER
    City of Tacoma Tacoma Wash. SILVER SILVER
    Tennessee Department of Transportation Nashville Tenn. SILVER SILVER
    Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District Louisville Ky. SILVER SILVER
    Charlotte Stormwater Services Charlotte N.C. GOLD GOLD

    Phase II Communities and MS4s

    Location State Program Management Innovation
    City of Mt. Juliet Mt. Juliet Tenn. SILVER BRONZE
    Jefferson Parish Jefferson La. SILVER SILVER
    Town of Ceredo Ceredo W.V. SILVER BRONZE
    Lafayette Consolidated Government Lafayette La. GOLD SILVER
    City of Springfield Springfield Ohio SILVER SILVER
    Chemung County Stormwater Coalition Horseheads N.Y. SILVER SILVER
    Capitol Region Watershed District St. Paul Minn. SILVER GOLD
    City of Valparaiso Valparaiso Ind. GOLD SILVER
    Purdue University Lafayette Ind. SILVER SILVER
    City of St. Cloud St. Cloud Minn. SILVER SILVER
    Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District St. Louis Mo. SILVER SILVER
    Western Michigan University Kalamazoo Mich. SILVER SILVER
    South Burlington South Burlington Vt. SILVER GOLD
    City of Inver Grove Heights Inver Grove Heights Minn. SILVER GOLD
    St. Tammany Parish (County) Covington La. SILVER SILVER
    City of Oshkosh Oshkosh Wis. SILVER SILVER
    City of Tuscaloosa Tuscaloosa Ala. SILVER SILVER
    City of Lenexa Lenexa Kan. SILVER SILVER
    Town of Ashland Ashland Va. GOLD SILVER
    City of Fairbanks Fairbanks Alaska GOLD GOLD
    City of Storm Lake Storm Lake Iowa SILVER SILVER
    City of Alexandria Alexandria Va. GOLD GOLD

    If you have any questions, please contact ms4awards@wef.org or rarvin-colon@wef.org.