Narragansett Bay Commission Employee Recognized for Outstanding Service

Paul Desrosiers of Providence, RI, was honored recently by the US Environmental Protection Agency for his work maintaining the Narragansett Bay Commission’s (NBC) Wastewater Treatment Facilities.

Desrosiers, who is an operator of the Narragansett Bay Commission clean water facilities at Field Point and Bucklin Point, was honored by EPA’s New England office with a 2019 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year Excellence Award for his outstanding work over decades operating and maintaining the Narragansett Bay Commission’s facilities.  

The EPA Regional Wastewater Awards Program recognizes personnel in the wastewater field who have provided invaluable public service managing and operating wastewater treatment facilities throughout New England. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management was instrumental in Desrosiers nomination.   

“Paul’s professionalism, his knowledge, and his commitment to the environment have been instrumental to the improvement in the water quality of Narragansett Bay,” said NBC Chairman Vincent Mesolella. “Everyone who enjoys the bay has been affected by his work.” Daniel Deziel, regional administrator of EPA's New England Office, remarked, “We are proud to acknowledge Mr. Desrosiers outstanding contributions to help protect public health and water quality for so many years and to give her the credit he deserves.”

The EPA Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award was established to recognize and honor the employees of publicly owned wastewater treatment plants for their commitment to improving water quality with outstanding plant operations and maintenance.

The Narragansett Bay Commission also received two awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies: a National Environmental Achievement Award for Public Service for the NBC’s Earth Day River Clean-Up Grant Program and the Utility of the Future Award for pioneering innovative technologies and cutting-edge practices, with a focus on resource recovery, efficiency and sustainability.

R to L: NBC Chairman Vincent Mesolella, Paul Desrosiers, NBC Executive Director Laurie Horridge