April 12, 2011
DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp with the small registered laboratory award winners from the New Holstein WWTP: Cathy Stepp, Kevin Nett, Don Lintner, left to right
MADISON - Two registered laboratories have been recognized by the Department of Natural Resources for the quality of work they perform in helping the state protect the quality of Wisconsin's environment.
The DNR Laboratory of the Year award is presented each year to a small and a large registered facility. The recognized laboratories are those that have demonstrated a commitment to continually evaluating and improving their procedures to produce the best data possible.
The New Holstein Wastewater Treatment Plant received the 2011 Small Registered Facility Award and the Fond du Lac Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility was the recipient of the 2011 Large Registered Facility Award.
DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp presented the awards at the March Natural Resources Board meeting in Madison.
"Having high quality data to make resource management decisions is critical to the department's mission," Stepp said.
The New Holstein Wastewater Treatment Plant was nominated for its outstanding efforts, extra quality control samples, and detailed recordkeeping.
DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp with the large registered laboratory award winners from the Fond du Lac Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility: Cathy Stepp, Richard Graham, Autumn Fisher, James Kaiser, left to right
The Fond du Lac Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility was nominated for its excellent quality systems and quality control results. This facility discharges an average of 7 million gallons per day into Lake Winnebago and had zero deficiencies found at their last on-site evaluation.
The recognized laboratories were chosen for the award from more than 240 registered laboratories in Wisconsin.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Trainor, DNR Audit Chemist, 920-662-5475