Schwartz Wins Cronquist Lifetime Achievement Award


img_0061ORLANDO, Fla. – Dennis Schwartz was awarded the Clark Cronquist Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Tribute to Excellence awards ceremony, held Sept. 13 during the WaterPro Conference in Orlando, Fla.

“There are people in our midst who have worked tirelessly, almost their entire lives, to benefit rural and small systems,” said Paul Fulgham, chair of the National Rural Water Association’s Awards Committee. “We are thankful to each and everyone of you for your work and support of Rural Water.”

Schwartz is retiring from Rural Water after a long and distinguished career.

Schwartz was the General Manager of Shawnee County Rural Water District #8, for 37 years.  He served on the Kansas Rural Water Association Board of Directors for 37 years, holding several offices including serving as president several times.  Dennis has served on the Board of Directors of NRWA for 39 years, serving as president from 2000-2002. He has served on the Water Industry Coordinating Council, National Drinking Water Advisory Council and the Kansas River Basin Advisory Committee, to name just a few.  He is an accomplished photographer and resides in Topeka with his lovely wife, Sharon.

The Clark Cronquist Lifetime Achievement Award was named after one of NRWA’s original board members, who served over 30 years on the NRWA board.