bedell award winner 2023 kevin waldron2023 Bedell Award Recipient – Kevin Waldron

Arthur Sidney Bedell Award

The Arthur Sidney Bedell Award was established to acknowledge extraordinary personal service to a member association. The award is named for Arthur Sidney Bedell, the second president of the federation, who exemplified its purpose through his long devotion and service to the New York Sewage and Industrial Wastes Association, now the New York Environment Association. He was Chief of the Bureau of Sewage and Waste Disposal of the New York State Department of Health.

The award consists of a plaque suitably inscribed with the recipient's name and will be presented by a Water Environment Federation representative at the Kansas Water Environment Association annual conference.

Qualification for the award is based on organization leadership, administrative service, membership activity, and stimulation of technical functions, and may now be awarded every year to a member of the Kansas Water Environment Association.


  • Must be a member of the Water Environment Federation.
  • Organizational leadership, administrative service, membership activity, stimulation of technical functions, or similar participation.
  • The size of the membership dictates the frequency with which member associations are eligible to make nominations for the award. The Kansas Water Environment Association is eligible to give this award yearly.


Nominations are accepted from KWEA members. Members should submit a one-page biography of their selection and reasons why they feel the person is deserving of this prestigious award.

Selection Committee

The KWEA Bedell Selection Committee consists of the last three recipients of the award. The most senior of the last recipients is the chairperson of the committee.


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Past Recipients of This Prestigious Award

2023 Kevin Waldron
2022 Tina Leitzel
2021 Ron Thomann
2020 Dustin Coles
2019 Jeanette Klamm
2018 Susan Pekarek
2017 Kurt Bookout
2016 Pat Flynn
2015 Gerald Grant
2014 Joe Foster
2013 Kathy Windham
2012 Michael Rudy
2011 Amy Kliewer
2010 John Metzler
2009 Matt Bond
2008 Martha Tasker
2007 Kimberly Dominic
2006 Jerry Vernon
2005 Joe Maris
2004 Chris Burns
2003 Steven Phillips
2002 Rebecca Gagnon
2001 James Tush
2000 Joe Mester
1999 Dick Pedrotti
1998 Herbert Schultz, Sr.
1997 Don Snethen
1996 Millie Reed
1995 Steve DeHart
1994 James Danner
1993 Betsy Betros
1992 Sylvan Coles
1991 Duane Morgan
1990 John McNitt
1989 Timothy Hobson
1988 Lawrence Schmid
1987 James Martin
1986 Edie Snethen
1985 John Wynkoop
1983 Kari Mueldener
1982 Lloyd W. Weller
1980 L. Dean Strowig
1979 Leland Durham
1977 John Bailey
1976 M. Ray Golly
1973 Robert Crawford
1970 Paul Haney
1967 J. Howard Duncan
1963 Dwight F. Metzler
1960 James F. Aiken
1957 Myron K. Nelson
1954 Leland Talbot
1951 Roy Binder