Mayor Tom Henry honored by clean-water group

Tom Henry

Efforts to protect water resources, clean rivers and reduce energy costs have earned Mayor Tom Henry recognition from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), which this week, presented Henry its 2019 National Environmental Achievement Award for Local Public Service.

The award recognizes public officials at the local, state and federal levels who have demonstrated a commitment to service in their community and protecting the environment. This year, NACWA honored five people with the award, one at the federal level, two state leaders and two local leaders from across the country.

NACWA cited Henry’s efforts to improve neighborhoods, creation of non-traditional sources of revenue through the methane power generation program, success in bringing affordable, quality water to all residents through acquisition and consolidation, and improvements that have spurred interests in riverfront development.

Henry’s leadership and support of City Utilities initiatives have led to the updating of aging infrastructure, protecting water resources, reducing runoff pollution and building improvements to protect neighborhoods from street flooding and basement backups. His environmental stewardship at city plants saw the installation of power efficient lighting and HVAC systems. The savings netted through the methane generation to power portions of the Water Pollution Control Plant have saved more than $1.2 million in electric bills.