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Contact: Maureen McGee-Ballinger, 605-574-3115
KEYSTONE, SD: Mount Rushmore National Memorial wastewater treatment system team is the recipient of the 2014 Operation and Maintenance Wastewater Treatment Award presented by the South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, DENR. This award is for outstanding operation of the wastewater system and environmental compliance with its state surface water discharge permit during the past year. The award was presented during the 2015 South Dakota Water and Wastewater Association Wastewater Operations Seminar held April 29th and 30th at the Clubhouse Hotel & Suites in Pierre.
"Wastewater treatment systems are essential services that we all use every day, but are taken for granted unless there is a malfunction," said DENR Secretary Steve Pirner. "These award winners are the certified wastewater operation specialists who went the extra mile last year to ensure there were no malfunctions." Superintendent Cheryl Schreier noted, "We are pleased to have the outstanding work of our wastewater treatment crew recognized by the state. Operators Rod Hart, Cliff Esper, Bruce McClure, and Jim Strang as well as supervisor Doug Livermore consistently make the extra effort to ensure safe operation of the wastewater facilities while protecting our natural resources."
Accepting the award in Pierre were operators Rod Hart and Bruce McClure. Qualifications for the Operation and Maintenance Wastewater Treatment Award are based on a system’s compliance with state environmental requirements, the quality of the treated and discharged wastewater, monitoring reports, state inspections and proper operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment facility.
For additional information about Mount Rushmore National Memorial please visit the park web site at www.nps.gov/moru.