Honors & Awards

MSD is recognized locally, state-wide and nationally for its commitment to protect public health and the environment and its efforts to implement sustainable water reclamation and watershed management practices.


  • MSD was awarded the Top Prize for its "Smart Sewers" from Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) and The Atlas Marketplace in a national Best Water Projects contest, which featured cutting-edge public works projects from across the U.S. related to water and wastewater infrastructure.
  • MSD earned a 2018 Award for Green Infrastructure from the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) for its Rapid Run Park bioswale, part of the Lick Run Project.
  • 2017

    • MSD Deputy Director MaryLynn Lodor received the 2017 Award for Individual Excellence from the Ohio Stormwater Association for demonstrating exceptional awareness and dedication to advancing stormwater practices in the State of Ohio.
    • MSD's Muddy Creek plant earned a "Platinum 6" Peak Performance award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)for 100% compliance over a 6-year period (2011-2016) with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
    • MSD's Little Miami, Mayflower, Mill Creek, Sycamore Creek and Taylor Creek plants earned a Gold Peak Performance award, and the Polk Run and Indian Creek plants earned a Silver Peak Performance award from NACWA.
    • Brad Blankenship, an MSD wastewater treatment plant operator at the Mill Creek plant, earned his Class IV wastewater operator license from the Ohio EPA. This is the highest certification an operator can achieve.
    • Tim Ball, an MSD wastewater treatment plant operator at the Indian Creek plant, was named the 2017 Awesome Operator for the Southwest Ohio section by the Ohio Water Environment Association.
    • Ten MSD employees - Mike Davis, Zach Fischesser, Chris Hall, John Hredzak, Bill Lutz, Steven Parker, Kari Raisor, Jeff Schaber, Todd Trabert, and Renee Tyree - were awarded certification in green infrastructure by the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program.


    • MSD Director Gerald Checco was awarded Cincinnati's 2016 Earth Day Environmental Award in the Government category.
    • MSD's Muddy Creek and Indian Creek plants earned a "Platinum 5" Peak Performance award for 100% compliance over a 5-year period (2011-2015) with their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA).
    • MSD's Little Miami plant earned a 2016 George W. Burke Award for its safety program from the Water Environment Federation (WEF).


    • MSD earned the prestigious Platinum Excellence in Management award for 2015-2017 from NACWA. MSD was one of three utilities to receive the award, which is the highest honor a utility can receive.
    • MSD's Environmental Lab earned national accreditation from the NELAC institute.
    • MSD"s Taylor Creek plant earned a Platinum Peak Performance award for 17 years or consecutive 100% compliance with its NPDES permit from NACWA.
    • MSD's Little Miami, Muddy Creek, Polk Run and Taylor Creek plants were recognized for safety initiatives by the Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA).
    • OWEA recognized MSD with Mill Creek Treatment Plant Safety Award for having safety programs in place at the plant.
    • OWEA recognized MSD with Wastewater Collection Division Safety Award for excellent safety program in place for its collection system.
    • 2015 Design-Build "National Award of Merit” for Oakley Station CSO 551 & 553 Separation Sewer Project from the Design-Build Institute of America.


    • MSD was the winner of the prestgious U.S. Water Prize from the U.S. Water Alliance. MSD was honored for its strategy to reduce water pollution, beautify neighborhoods and spark economic development.
    • Former MSD Director Tony Parrott was awarded a National Environmental Achievement Award from NACWA. Awardees are honored for significant contributions through outstanding advocacy or innovative projects that positively impact the environment, their utility, their community and/or the clean water industry.
    • MSD was the recipient of Uptime Magazine's Best Asset Condition Management Program Award.


    • MSD was the recipient of Uptime Magazine's Best Emerging Maintenance Reliability Program Award.
    • Ohio Stormwater Association – Lower Mill Creek Partial Remedy (LMCPR) Watershed Approach.
    • 2013 Public Administrator of the Year Award, Tony Parrott, Innovation Category.
    • NACWA Environmental Achievement Awards - Public Service Award category for recr8OhioRiver website and wireless device app.
    • NACWA Peak Performance Awards, presented annually for compliance with NPDES permits.
    • Water Environment Research Federation award honoring 20 years of MSD's commitment to advancements in water quality.


    • NACWA National Environmental Achievement Awards - Public Information and Education, Educational Program category for Lower Mill Creek Partial Remedy Communications.
    • NACWA Excellence in Management (2012 – 2014).
    • American Water Works Association (AWWA) – 2012 Diversity Award.
    • Polk Run, Sycamore Creek and Mill Creek plants received the Plant Safety Award from OWEA.
    • Two City of Cincinnati Seasongood Innovation Awards were received by MSD for the Student Intern Academy, as well as for the eco-friendly Ault Park stormwater diversion project.


    • Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council, Citizen Diplomat, Business Category

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