James Glancey, associate professor of bioresources engineering, has received the Water Resources Association’s (WRA) 2011 Government Award along with the other members of the Artesian Water Resources Management Partnership.
According to the Artesian Water website, the Artesian Water Resources Management Partnership came about when Artesian Water Resources and the town of Middletown came together to encourage and support the use of reclaimed water for agricultural irrigation and other needs. As the Operator of the Middletown wastewater treatment facility, Artesian has long used spray fields to dispose of treated wastewater. This project was the first in the state of Delaware to use treated wastewater to grow crops on private farms.
In the announcement of the award, Robert F. Molzahn, President of WRA, said “The Partnership’s Program for wastewater management and disposal is an excellent example of how government organizations can work in concert with private companies and individuals to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome.”
Members of the Artesian Water Resources Management Partnership include Delaware Gov. Jack Markell; Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee; DNREC Secretary Colin O’Mara; Dian C. Taylor, president and CEO of Artesian Resources; Ken Branner, mayor of Middletown; and Morris Deputy, town manager of Middletown.
The farmers involved in the project are Dennis Clay and Lawrence E. Jester.