Cleary Medal

Edward J. Cleary Award

The Cleary Award is given to an individual who is an outstanding performer in the management of environmental protection enterprises conducted under either public of private auspices who have demonstrated exemplary professional conduct, personal leadership, originality in devising new environmental protection techniques and sensitivity and responsiveness to social, economic, and political factors in environmental protection.

For the full list of eligibility criteria and information on how you can submit nominations for a worthy Environmental Engineer or Environmental Scientist, click here.


Cleary Winner

2014 Edward J. Cleary Award Recipient

Walter F. Bailey, P.E., BCEE, WEF Fellow

Walter F. Bailey is Assistant General Manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water). Mr. Bailey is responsible for the management of the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, as well as the Authority's Biosolids Management Program, Process Engineering Department, Laboratory, and Process Research and Development Program, and its Industrial Pretreatment Program. Blue Plains has a design capacity of 370 MGD and serves 2.2 million people in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. It regularly achieves award winning performance, including NACWA Platinum awards.

DC Water has been very active in developing process technology. Examples of these efforts include significant work on nitrogen removal and advanced anaerobic digestion. For these and other efforts, DC Water has received awards for being a leader in wastewater treatment technology and management, for example; the AAEES Excellence in Environmental Engineering Grand Prize in 2012 for Research on Energy Neutrality and in 2013 for Research on Mainstream Deammonification.

Mr. Bailey has received several professional awards from the WEF including: the Emerson Medal, the Hatfield Award, the Bedell Award, the Schroepfer Award, the Gascoigne Medal, and the Fuhrman Medal. He also served as President of the Chesapeake Water Environment Association.

Mr. Bailey holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from George Washington University. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer, a Licensed Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer. He has received two U.S. patents for developing treatment processes at Blue Plains and is the author or coauthor of more than 75 technical presentations and publications.


Past Winners

2013 -- Alan H. Vicory, Jr.
2012 -- Joseph F. Malina, Jr.
2011 -- Richard F. Lanyon
2010 -- Stephen R. Maguin
2009 -- Walter J. Bishop
2008 -- Jeanette A. Brown
2007 -- Leo Weaver
2005 -- James E. Foxworthy
2003 -- James M. Symons
2001 -- James F. Stahl
1999 -- Thomas M. Hellman
1997 -- N.C. Vasuki
1995 -- Frank Dalton
1993 -- Duane L. Georgeson
1991 -- William K. Reilly
1989 -- Jay D. Hair
1987 -- LTG E. R. Heiberg, III
1985 -- William D. Ruckelshaus
1983 -- William J. Carroll
1981 -- Joseph T. Ling
1979 -- John D. Parkhurst
1977 -- Paul D. Haney
1975 -- Martin Lang
1973 -- Samuel S. Baxter

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