Two Exchange members were among WaterNow’s recently named 2021 Impact and Emerging Leader Award Winners! These awards recognize local water leaders working to accelerate innovative, climate resilient, affordable and equitable water solutions in their community. Meagan Williams from the City of New Orleans and Breanne Plier from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District were both presented with Emerging Leader Awards at WaterNow’s recently held Tap Into Resiliency Summit. 

Emerging Leader Awards highlight mid-level water utility professionals who are poised to take on leadership roles in the near future within their agencies and communities. This award is a new category introduced this year to recognize and promote non-traditional professionals in the utility space who have shown drive, innovation, creativity, and promise in advancing meaningful improvements in water sustainability, equity, or community engagement.

Meagan Williams spearheaded the Pontilly Neighborhood Stormwater Project to reduce flood risk and beautify local green spaces. This project is helping build resilience in historic communities that faced severe damage from Hurricane Katrina and decades of losses caused by flooding. 

Breanne Plier created the Fresh Coast Protection Program to scale up funding for green stormwater infrastructure projects, making the region more resilient against storms that continue to increase in severity. She is also generating workforce development opportunities in her community through GSI implementation. 

Congratulations to Meagan and Breanne for their leadership in GSI innovation and their well-deserved recognition!

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