Yesterday, the Maryland Environmental Service Water & Wastewater Team Motley Poo – Justin Myers, Todd Boulden, Wayne Rumbaugh and Brad Yeakle – completed the final events of the National Water Environment Federation Operations Challenge at WEFTEC in Chicago. The final results – Motley Poo came in 8th out of a field of 41!
Reporting from Chicago last night, Waster/Wastewater Division Chief Doug Conaway said, “We are elated with emotion and frankly exhausted from the competition. These guys are already winners. No one could possibly be prouder than I. They did great.”
“Considering MES being first-time players, these scores are well above the majority of many very experienced and tenured competitors across the nation. The outcome of this competition makes a good statement and is quite an accomplishment for the team and MES,” said Doug. “This competition was a learning experience for us all. At the same time many people learned a lot about MES and who are. The bar probably got raised up a notch or two!”
Jerry Wheeler, Water/Wastewater Executive Director, said, “We are so proud of your success out there! Your successful competition brings recognition to yourselves as well as for the entire agency. Congratulations and thank you.”
Team Motley Poo also won the Operations Challenge Spirit Award for Best Fan Support. Fellow competitors and judges voted our team as “recognizing the essence of the Operations Challenge which is committed to teamwork, unity, competition and fun.”
In addition, Justin (below) will be presenting at the conference today on his “Flow Equalization Tank Problem Solver,” one of nine winners in the national WEF Operator Ingenuity Contest.