The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority has been selected to receive a Gold Peak Performance Award.

The award presented by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), recognizes public wastewater treatment facilities for outstanding compliance records in the 2010 calendar year.

NACWA recognized more than 400 Peak Performance Award facilities during the Association’s 2011 Summer Conference and 41st Annual Meeting July 19-22 in Chicago.

The ECUA received the Gold Peak Performance Award to honor the Bayou Marcus Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) and its achievement of 100 percent compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for a full calendar year. NACWA has recognized ECUA's Bayou Marcus WRF with a Peak Performance Award in twelve of the last thirteen years.

The Bayou Marcus WRF, which discharges reclaimed water to 1000 acres of wetlands that surround the plant, is an advanced wastewater treatment facility (AWT) that the ECUA has operated since its construction in 1997. The associated wetlands are part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.

"The ECUA is an outstanding example of environmental efforts. NACWA is honored to showcase the achievements of the ECUA and our nation’s public wastewater utilities through the Peak Performance Awards Program," NACWA Executive Director Ken Kirk said.