FEB 10, 2014: CMT was presented with an Honor Award at the annual Engineering Excellence Awards banquet hosted by the American Council of Engineering Companies – Illinois. The Ottawa Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Long-Term Control Plan project took home a top prize in the Studies, Research and Consulting category. The banquet was held on February 7, in Normal, IL.
“This award is the culmination of years of hard work. There are no easy answers when it comes to addressing CSOs and our people, under Tim Sumner’s leadership, were able to come up with solid solutions and incorporate green infrastructure techniques ,” said Bernie Held, PE, CMT’s Director of Water Resources.
The team was challenged with finding a cost-effective approach for reducing an average of 26 CSOs per year to the Illinois Environmental Protection Administration (IEPA) limit of four to six. The project involved comprehensive system characterization of the combined sewer network, water quality sampling of two rivers, and complex modeling of both the collection system and receiving waters. The city’s ability to financially support the $14.8 M of recommended improvements was assessed and justification provided to successfully obtain an acceptable implementation schedule for compliance.
“We were honored to have Robert Eschbach, the mayor of Ottawa, attend the banquet and accept the award on behalf of the city. His presence is a testament to just how important this project is to his community,” Held said.