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Two EGLE staffers honored by Michigan Water Environment Association
June 23, 2023
Two Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) staffers were honored with awards recently.
Jonathan Berman, State Revolving Fund compliance specialist, received the Regulatory Professional of the Year award from the Michigan Water Environment Association, and Christe Alwin, Storm Water Permits Unit supervisor, was honored with the association’s Watershed Manager of the Year award.
Jonathan Berman, State Revolving Fund compliance specialist, and Christe Alwin, Storm Water Permits Unit supervisor, recipients of awards from the Michigan Water Environment Association.
The person who nominated Berman noted his professionalism in assisting communities to make the most of the limited funding available to support their utilities. He is “a valuable source of information and goes above and beyond to help communities secure State Revolving Funds to finance utility upgrades and new construction.”
“Being recognized in this way for what I do professionally (or ‘just doing my job’, as I see it) is most confounding to me,” said Berman. “I am most grateful to all the people who have challenged me and helped me to learn and grow in my life and enabled me to get this far. I am tremendously honored to be selected to receive this award. This is an incredible development for me, a most significant milestone in my life.”
Berman has worked at the department for 20 years.
The person who nominated Alwin said, “She is a relentless advocate and collaborator for stormwater and watersheds across the State of Michigan.”
“This award is an honor. I’m thankful for the opportunities MWEA has provided to learn from experienced stormwater management professionals and inform the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program,” said Alwin. “I hope to continue to share my passion for stormwater as an MWEA member.”
Alwin has worked at the department for 22 years.
MWEA represents more than 2,000 water quality professionals statewide who are dedicated to preserving, restoring and enhancing Michigan's water resources.