WES Director Greg Geist wins environmental leadership award

From: Edward Nieto, Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561

Media and Interested Parties

The Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies awarded an "Outstanding Individual Award" to Clackamas County Water Environment Services Director Greg Geist at its annual conference Thursday.

The award, given in the "Environmental Leadership" category, honored Geist for demonstrating superior leadership by creating a wide variety of positive environmental changes within Clackamas County in just over one year on the job as director.

"WES is extremely fortunate to have Greg as its director," said Capital Program Manager Lynne Chicoine. "As a direct result of his thoughtful leadership, Greg has created a culture that reflects his passion for public service, his sense of responsibility to our ratepayers, and for the stewardship of our water environment."

The nonprofit organization that serves more than 126 wastewater and stormwater agencies throughout Oregon recognized Geist for:

  • Working to solve the solids handling capacity shortage affecting Tri-City Service District and Clackamas County Service District No. 1
  • Guiding the landmark peracetic acid disinfection pilot project
  • Implementing Performance Clackamas, Strategic Energy Management and Solids Handling Contingency Plans
  • Establishing a proactive surface water management program
  • Creating a forward-looking information management program
  • Prioritizing Continuity of Operations
  • Developing a cogent and defensible 5-year capital improvement program

Before becoming director in March 2015, Geist served as operations and regulatory manager. Prior to that he worked at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and served as environmental specialist for the city of Salem.

Learn more online about how Clackamas County Water Environment Services is committed to protecting public health and the environment.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Edward Nieto at 503-742-4561.