The Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA) presented the Watershed Management Professional of the Year Award to ECT’s Jim Ridgway, P.E., on June 25, 2019, at the MWEA’s 94th Annual Conference in Boyne Falls, Michigan.
“I’ve been very fortunate to work with many visionary municipal officials and innovative ECT staff. Together, we’ve been able to nudge regulators, industries, and the general public into improving the water resources in our own backyards. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” said Jim Ridgway.
MWEA’s Watershed Management Professional of the Year award recognizes individuals for their efforts to promote activities and professionalism in watershed management and watershed protection.
A proud alum of University of Michigan, Jim has worked internationally on projects that require knowledge of water chemistry and biology and wastewater processes, as well as a strong working knowledge of treatment technologies and their innovative applications. Jim is especially admired for his abilities to build consensus while representing large numbers of municipalities and states for their permit compliance needs.
“Jim Ridgway has played a key role in helping shape stormwater management in the Great Lakes for more than 30 years,” said ECT VP & Water Resources National Director Sanjiv Sinha, Ph.D., P.E. “During this period, he held leadership roles on the Great Lakes Advisory Board and the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Great Lakes. He also served as the Executive Director for the Alliance of Rouge Communities. As an innovator and entrepreneur, Jim has been able to affect large audiences with positive messages about stormwater management and its role in the environment around us.”
Jim has been part of the ECT team for more than 27 years and plans to retire in October of 2019. In retirement, he hopes to travel as much as possible, and to support entrepreneurs as an angel investor in companies with innovative leadership.