For Immediate Release: January 29, 2016                                                                                  

Contact: Talia Girard, Public Affairs Specialist

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Narragansett Bay Commission Employees Honored at the New England Water Environment Association’s Annual Conference


The Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) received two prestigious awards at The New England Water Environment Association’s (NEWEA) annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts.


NEWEA consists of New England’s water quality professionals who are responsible for the water people use on a daily basis. It’s taken from any home or business, treated and then returned to the environment for future use. The conference held every year attracts over 2,000 engineers, consultants, scientists, wastewater operators and students. It features exhibits and technical sessions for those who attend and allows professionals to network.


The NBC received the George W. Burke, Jr. Facility Safety Award and NBC Biologist Nora-Jean Lough received the Alfred E. Peloquin Award for the 2015 calendar year.


The George W. Burke, Jr. Facility Safety Award recognizes excellence and effectiveness in safety programming for municipal and industrial wastewater facilities. The documented and illustrated safety program and safety record of the facility for the preceding calendar year are the primary criteria for the award. NBC’s Safety Compliance Coordinator David Aucoin accepted the award.


NBC Biologist, Nora-Jean Lough received the Alfred E. Peloquin Award, which recognizes an individual whose personal service has contributed to excellence in plant operations either directly at a treatment plant, or indirectly through assistance to plant operations personnel.


The Naragansett Bay Commission owns and operates Rhode Island’s two largest wastewater treatment facilities and provides wastewater collection and treatment services to 350,000 people in the metropolitan Providence area and Blackstone Valley. For more information on the Narragansett Bay Commission’s excellent service in operation and maintenance of their wastewater treatment facilities, contact the Public Affairs Office at (401) 461-8848 ext. 394, or visit us at