The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is accepting applications for the 2012 Clean Water Awards, which recognizes outstanding water treatment plant performance in the poultry industry.

“Environmental stewardship is an important aspect of daily operations for poultry companies, and they do a terrific job in their water treatment operations,” said Gary Cooper, chairman of USPOULTRY.  “They reclaim most of the water used to process poultry and return it to the environment in first-rate condition. We are pleased to sponsor this annual competition to highlight poultry operations and their environmental management programs that safeguard our natural resources."


There are two categories for the award: one for full treatment facilities, which are those facilities that fully reclaim their wastewater prior to discharge into receiving water or a final land application system; and one for pretreatment facilities, which are those facilities that discharge pretreated effluent to publicly-owned full treatment facilities. Any USPOULTRY member company is eligible to submit one nominee in each category.  Facilities which have previously won the award may not be re-nominated for five years. The deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 15, 2011.

For the application form and more information, go to