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LA's Redner honored at MVP luncheon.

John A. Redner, departmental engineer for the County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, received the prestigious Most Valuable Professional Award for 2004 from the Gulf Coast Trenchless Association and Underground Construction magazine. The MVP award honors Redner for his outstanding contributions to the underground infrastructure industry. He has a long history of quality work and extensive research in modern sewer construction and rehabilitation methods. Redner's efforts have received nationwide recognition and are often used as benchmarks for ongoing studies.

This year's award ceremony was held at a special, sold-out luncheon at the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on Jan. 13.

"I was honored to have been selected for the Gulf Coast Trenchless Association's award," said Redner when he learned of the award. "I had planned on attending this year's UCT, but as a spectator only! I'm proud to accept this (award) on behalf of the County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County."

Redner is an active advocate for rehabilitation technologies through his countless hours of work with related professional society technical committees. He has authored and given numerous presentations during his professional career, detailing the importance of not only maintaining, but upgrading the nation's sewage system infrastructure.

Redner's current position puts him in the perfect situation to share his knowledge, experience and perspective of sewer replacement and rehabilitation to other interested municipalities. Los Angeles, CA, is one of the more progressive cities in the United States that utilizes rehabilitation techniques to their fullest potential. The Districts are a confederation of independent special districts serving the water pollution control and solid waste management needs of about 5 million people in Los Angeles County.

In describing the Districts' approach to educating and encouraging its staff in the use of rehabilitation technology, Redner says they "encourage staff to not only participate, but to stay active and try to become cutting edge in the areas where our expertise is, which is what I call sanitary engineering."


Originally from New York, Redner graduated with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in sanitary engineering from Manhattan College in New York. He is a registered professional engineer with 33 years of experience in sewage treatment and collection facilities.

Commenting on his decision to move to the West Coast and begin work in the sanitation business, Redner says, "When I was going to school in New York, I'd first heard about the sanitation districts, which seemed like a neat place to work. I eventually made my way out to that part of the country with a commitment to my wife, Kay, that we'd stay only five years. That was 34 years ago!"

As the departmental engineer in charge of the Sewage Department for the Districts, he is responsible for the operation and maintenance of 11 treatment plants, 1,300 miles of the more than 11,000 miles of sewer lines that serve the 78 cities and unincorporated areas within the county and 50 pumping stations that process 500 mgd of wastewater. Redner administers an annual operation and maintenance budget of $150 million and has been directly involved in a sewer replacement and rehabilitation program that has surpassed $328 million slate 1987.

His expertise includes hydraulic studies, sewer inspections, sulfide and odor control, corrosion protection for concrete, evaluating system deficiencies, sewer rehabilitation and developing emergency response programs. Since 1983, he has been conducting a testing program for protective coatings and linings for concrete ill wastewater collection and treatment systems that has received national recognition. Redner also has directed the development of an innovative concrete sewer corrosion control process that involves spraying the crown of the sewer with a high alkaline slurry.

Among the many awards he has received are the 1994 Richard D. Pomeroy Award from the California Water Environment Association; the 1996 Collection Systems Award from the Water Environment Federation; and the 1997 Wesley W. Homer Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers.


After accepting the MVP award, Redner reflected on his involvement with the GCTA and UCT. "I was absolutely flabbergasted by the group that was assembled at UCT--contractors, vendors, engineers, consultants--it was just phenomenal. The GCTA has that same mix. These are the people who build the infrastructure. Keeping with the theme of this conference is what this business is all about, 'It's all about underground!' On the wastewater side, I'd like to add that it certainly is all about underground and that's where we'd like it to stay--in the pipe at all times."
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Title Annotation:UCT 2004 Review
Author:Read, Traci
Publication:Underground Construction
Date:Mar 1, 2004
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