Alumnus Bevin Beaudet, the director of Palm Beach County (Florida) Water Utilities Department, has been presented with the National Environmental Achievement Award for Public Service from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). Beaudet earned his Chemical Engineering B.S. at UMass Amherst in 1969. The National Environmental Achievement Awards annually recognize individuals and NACWA member agencies that have made outstanding contributions to environmental protection and wastewater management. This award is given to current or former elected or appointed public officials at the local, state, and federal level of government who have demonstrated exemplary commitment and service to their community, the environment, and NACWA.
Beaudet has accumulated more than 40 years of progressively responsible experience in the planning, design, and implementation of water and wastewater facilities. He has 25 years of experience in utility management and is the past president of the American Water Works Association, from 1997-98. His specialties as a professional engineer include water supply and treatment, wastewater treatment and disposal, and utility management.
As director of the Palm Beach County Water Utilities since 2005, Beaudet manages the third largest water/wastewater utility in the State of Florida, serving a 500,000 population in Palm Beach County. He manages 600 employees, a $125-million-per-year operating budget, and a $50-million capital budget.
In 2004 and 2005, Beaudet served as the program manager for the Palm Beach County Bioscience R&D Park and its efforts to plan and build an east coast campus for The Scripps Research Institute and an adjacent 2,000 acre bioscience research and development park. From 1999 to 2003, Beaudet was the regional business group manager for CH2M HILL, responsible for water resources, water, and wastewater treatment for the firm in a nine-state area of the U.S. Southwest.
Beaudet was the deputy county administrator for Palm Beach County from 1991 to 1996, responsible for internal direction and coordination of all county departments, troubleshooting issues of importance to the county administrator and the Board of County Commissioners, and various special projects. Beaudet had direct line responsibility for more than 750 employees in four major departments. Before that, from 1988 to 1991, he was the director of the Palm Beach County Water Utilities, where he was responsible for the water and wastewater utility with more than 400 employees serving 350,000 people in the rapidly growing unincorporated area of the county.
NACWA was established in 1970 by a group of individuals representing 22 large municipal sewerage agencies. They came together to secure federal funding for municipal wastewater treatment and discuss emerging national interest in improving the quality of the nation's waters. Based upon the shared goal of effectively representing the interests and priorities of publicly-owned treatment works, they formed NACWA.
In the quarter century that followed, the association grew and its interests diversified. Today, NACWA is a dynamic national organization, involved in all facets of water quality protection. (May 2014)