WMAO Awards

Each year, the Water Management Association of Ohio (WMAO) presents a number of recognition awards at the annual conference – honoring those individuals who have significantly contributed to Ohio’s water resources.

Nominate one or more of your peers for an award.


Ohio Water Hall of Fame (past winners)

  • Nominees shall be persons who have given years of distinguished service in behalf of bettering the management, use or enjoyment of Ohio’s water resources.
  • A nominee shall be retired.
  • The award need not be given annually.
  • No more than one award shall be given in a single year without the expressed permission of the Executive Board.
  • The award may be given posthumously.
  • A nominee may be an engineer, business executive, industrialist, environmentalist, chemist, farmer, government official, legislator, lawyer, judge, teacher, researcher, educator, association leader, administrator, reporter, editor, etc.

Distinguished Service Award (past winners)

  • A nominee shall be a person who has made some noteworthy endeavor in behalf of improving water resources or their use in Ohio.
  • Nominees shall be currently active in the water-related endeavor.
  • No more than one award shall be given in a single year.
  • A nominee may be an engineer, business executive, industrialist, environmentalist, chemist, farmer, government official, legislator, lawyer, judge, teacher, researcher, educator, association leader, administrator, reporter, editor, etc.

Technician of the Year (past winners)

  • Shall be made to paraprofessional or technical water service employees.
  • Nominees may be water plant operators, engineering technicians, water-quality control technicians, etc.
  • No more than one award shall be given in a single year.

Wayne S. Nichols Award (past winners)

  • The nominee shall be from a public agency.
  • The person shall be selected for having demonstrated high qualities of leadership; innovation, cooperation and accomplishment in any field of water resources related endeavor in Ohio; and for exemplifying personal qualities that mirror the finest in character and public employment, in the spirit of Wayne S. Nichols.
  • The award need not be given annually.
  • No more than one award shall be given in a single year.

R. Livingston Ireland Award (past winners)

  • The nominee shall be from the private sector of business or industry.The person shall have demonstrated leadership and outstanding accomplishment in any field of water resources related endeavor in Ohio pertaining to the private sector, in the spirit of R. Livingston Ireland.
  • The award need not be given annually.
  • No more than one award shall be given in a single year.

President’s Service Award (past winners)

  • Recipient shall be selected by the WMAO President.
  • Recipient shall be recognized for outstanding service to WMAO as well as contributions to the Ohio water resources community.
  • The award need not be given annually.
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