Northey Receives Environmental Award from National Association of Clean Water Agencies

CHARLSTON, SC – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey received a National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) National Environmental Achievement Award for excellence in Public Service.  Northey is the first state Secretary of Agriculture to receive the award.

NACWA’s Public Service Award is presented 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 to NACWA.

Northey was selected for this honor for his leadership in establishing and growing the Iowa Water Quality Initiative and for working in a collaborative manner with both point sources and nonpoint sources to improve water quality. 

“It is an honor to receive this recognition from such a distinguished organization that has a long history of working on water quality issues,” Northey said.  “Our approach has always been to work together with point sources to address water quality, an issue we all care about.  This award is an opportunity to highlight the tremendous work that has been done in Iowa and to showcase our leadership role nationally in addressing water quality.”

NACWA represents the interests of more than 300 public agencies and organizations that have made the pursuit of scientifically based, technically sound and cost effective laws and regulations their objective. NACWA members serve the majority of the sewered population in the United States and collectively treat and reclaim more than 18 billion gallons of wastewater daily.  More information about the organization can be found at

Iowa members are the Ames Water & Pollution Control Department, Cedar Rapids Utilities Department, and City of Des Moines.

The National Environmental Achievement Awards annually recognize individuals and member agencies that have made outstanding contributions to environmental protection and wastewater management.

Northey was recognized at the 2015 NACWA Winter Conference on Monday, February 2, 2015 at the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, SC.