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 by 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, stimulation of technical functions and may now be awarded every year to a member of the Kansas Water Environment Association.

A representative of the Water Environment Federation presents the award at Kansas Water Environment Associations' annual conference awards banquet.


  • 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.

Please submit the nomination no later than September 30. The nomination is to be mailed or emailed to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Kansas Water Environment Association. The nominations will be reviewed and and a selection made by the KWEA Bedell Awards Selection Committee. The KWEA Bedell Awards Selection Committee will report its nominee to the KWEA Secretary-Treasurer by July 15 of the current year so that the nomination can be submitted to the WEF in time for the KWEA annual conference.

Submit Nominations to:

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City of Topeka
1115 NE Poplar St.
Topeka, KS 66616
Phone: (785) 969-3758

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.

Past Recipients of This Prestigious Award
2022 Tina Leitzel 1996 Millie Reed
2021 Ron Thomann 1995 Steve DeHart
2020 Dustin Coles 1994 James Danner
2019 Jeanette Klamm 1993 Betsy Betros
2018 Susan Pekarek 1992 Sylvan Coles
2017 Kurt Bookout 1991 Duane Morgan
2016 Pat Flynn 1990 John McNitt
2015 Jerry Grant 1989 Tim Hobson
2014 Joe Foster 1988 Lawrence Schmid
2013 Kathy Windham 1987 James Martin
2012 Michael Rudy 1986 Edie Snethen
2011 Amy Kliewer 1985 John Wynkoop
2010 John Metzler 1984 Kari Mueldener
2009 Matt Bond 1983 Lloyd W. Weller
2008 Martha Tasker 1981 L. Dean Strowig
2007 Kim Dominic 1980 Leland Durham
2006 Jerry Vernon 1978 John Bailey
2005 Joe Maris 1977 M. Ray Golly
2004 Chris Burns 1975 Robert Crawford
2003 Steve Phillips 1971 Paul Haney
2002 Rebecca Gagnon 1968 J. Howard Duncan
2001 James Tush 1964 Dwight F. Metzler
2000 Joe Mester 1961 James F. Aiken
1999 Dick Pedrotti 1958 Myron K. Nelson
1998 Herber Schultz, Sr. 1955 Leland Talbot
1997 Don Snethen 1952 Roy Binder