Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has received a 2015 National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) National Environmental Achievement Award for excellence in public service. He is the first state agriculture secretary to receive the award. NACWA's Public Service Award is presented to current or former elected or appointed public officials at the local, state and federal level of government who have demonstrated exemplary commitment and service to their community, the environment and to NACWA.
Efforts recognized by National Association of Clean Water Agencies
Northey was selected for this honor for his leadership in establishing and growing the Iowa Water Quality Initiative and for working in a collaborative manner with both point sources and nonpoint sources to improve water quality. More information about the Iowa Water Quality Initiative can be found at CleanWaterIowa.org.
"It is an honor to receive this recognition from a distinguished organization that has a long history of working on water quality issues," says Northey. "Our approach has always been to work together with point sources to address water quality, an issue we all care about. This award is an opportunity to highlight the tremendous work that has been done in Iowa and to showcase our leadership role nationally in addressing water quality."
Working with both point and nonpoint sources to improve water quality
NACWA represents the interests of more than 300 public agencies and organizations that have made the pursuit of scientifically based, technically sound and cost effective laws and regulations their objective. NACWA members serve a large share of the population in the U.S. and collectively treat and reclaim more than 18 billion gallons of wastewater daily. More information about the organization can be found at nacwa.org/.
Iowa members are the Ames Water & Pollution Control Department, Cedar Rapids Utilities Department and City of Des Moines. The National Environmental Achievement Awards annually recognize individuals and member agencies that have made outstanding contributions to environmental protection and wastewater management. Northey was recognized at the 2015 NACWA Winter Conference on Monday, February 2, 2015 at the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, S.C.