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WWC Engineering staff member earns Conservation District award

SHERIDAN — Loren Ruttinger, an engineer based in WWC Engineering’s Sheridan, Wyoming, office, earned recognition this month for his work in support of the Acme Power Plant Reclamation Effort.

The Sheridan County Conservation District announced its 2021 Conservation Partner Awards at its March 2, 2021, meeting, recognizing Ruttinger along with Cindi Martinez and Ben Luckey of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Voluntary Remediation Program, and Wolf Creek Charitable.

The Conservation Partner award was established by the conservation district in 2017 to acknowledge individuals, businesses and organizations that contribute to the district’s mission of protecting Sheridan County’s water and land quality through assistance programs, information and outreach, monitoring and planning.

“So much of what we do depends on the support and contributions from many partners and while it is hard, sometimes, to pick from so many, the Conservation Partner Award is a small way for us to highlight accomplishments and to recognize some of the key folks that helped make it happen,” said Carrie Rogaczewski, SCCD district manager. “The Board is extremely grateful for the efforts of this year’s recipients.”

WWC Engineering is under contract with WDEQ to perform the site stabilization and assessment activities at the site. According to the SCCD, as the project manager, Ruttinger consistently goes above and beyond expectations.

“Not only does Loren coordinate all of the related technical activities, he has also assisted with security and access issues and outreach, including presentations at public update meetings,” the SCCD press release said. “Through his ongoing support and dedication, he has demonstrated a personal commitment to this effort and has been an incredible asset for keeping things moving forward in an efficient manner.”

The Acme Power Plant Reclamation Project is a community effort to address environmental and safety concerns at the former Acme Power Plant located along the Tongue River. The purpose is to make the site suitable for public use in the future. While specific future uses have not been determined, expectations for any future use include protecting water and land quality, ensuring public access and capturing the historical importance for the site.