Three Narragansett Bay Commission Employees Recognized for Excellence

Three Narragansett Bay Commission employees received regional awards for excellence at the 2019 annual conference of the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA).

Nora Lough, Biologist, received the Wastewater Trainer of the Year Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency – Region 1 for her work training wastewater operators across New England. Lough’s outstanding work dealing with the microbiology of the wastewater treatment process has brought new insights to many wastewater operators and has helped facilities better manage their microbial populations.

Michael Spring, Maintenance Manager, received the Alfred E. Peloquin Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize 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. In addition to dealing with day-to-day issues of wastewater treatment facility operations, Spring coached the Ocean State Alliance team to two first-place wins at the 2018 US Operators Challenge.

David Aucoin, Safety Compliance Coordinator, received NEWEA’s Operator Safety Award for implementing advanced safety initiatives at wastewater treatment facilities. Aucoin’s efforts have included classroom and field trainings as well as establishing affiliations with other state and regional safety organizations.

“The Board of Commissioners and I are immensely proud of Nora, Mike, and Dave,” said NBC Chairman Vincent Mesolella. “We understand that our employees are the most important environmentalists in the state. No one in Rhode Island remains untouched by the worth and complexity of their work.”

Nora Lough


 Dave Aucoin