Lee Agger Award
The 2013 recipient of the Lee Agger Award is Dick Darling from Maine DEP!
On Friday, September 20, 2013, Dick Darling, Senior Environmental Engineer at Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection, became the 24th recipient of the JETCC Lee Agger Award during the Maine Wastewater Control Association's annual convention at Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley.
Dick Darling started with the DEP in 1992 as Assistant Engineer. Today he is a Senior Environmental Engineer. Among other roles, Dick is Maine DEP's primary water technical assistance provider. Dick provides on-site technical assistance to any licensed discharger for any issue. At one point, he was one of three DEP technical assistance providers. Right now he is the only one after inheriting the work from others who have retired. With his computer expertise, he has also worked extensively on electronic DMR and compliance database issues at DEP.
Along with providing technical assistance, Dick also conducts many classroom training courses. Since 1997 Dick has taught over 80 JETCC classes and at least that many more regionally through MWWCA and other training organizations. With the absence of college level wastewater training programs, Dick makes sure an intensive Basic Wastewater Treatment course is offered in Maine at least once per year. He is also a leading force in the creation of Maine's Management Candidate School.
Essentially everything that has to do with wastewater operator certification and the exam goes through Dick's desk. Dick coordinates with JETCC on the operator certification program and state exams. He works with all training providers to review and approve courses for continuing education.
At a time when state workers have received much criticism, this is one state worker who should be recognized!
The Lee Agger Award was established in 1990 in memory of Lee Agger, whose hard work in establishing JETCC was an inspiration to all who worked with her. It was Lee Agger who put JETCC on the map. She was known as a very dedicated sincere woman who was able to motivate many people to volunteer on behalf of environmental training. This Award was created by the JETCC Board to recognize fellow environmental professionals who have shown a similar dedication to JETCC and to environmental training statewide.