David Y. Terry of Cohasset received the 2013 Jerome J. Healey Award from the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA), the region’s largest and oldest not-for-profit organization of water works professionals.
David Y. Terry of Cohasset (at right in photo) accepts the 2013 Jerome J. Healey Award from David G. Polcari, president of New England Water Works Association.
“This award recognizes David’s outstanding efforts to promote the drinking water profession among the membership and the public as well as to improve the relationship between state and federal agencies and regulated parties to protect water supply and public health,” said Raymond J. Raposa, NEWWA executive director.
The award was established in memory of the late Jerome J. Healey, a past president of the association and chief of the Water Supply Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region I (New England) for 20 years.
Terry was the director of the drinking water program at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) for 23 years until his retirement in 2012.
In this position, he was responsible for programs regulating drinking water quality throughout the state including overseeing the implementation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act as well as a number of state regulations related to the daily operations of public water supply systems.
“During this time, he pioneered pro-active measures on the state level to protect public water sources, to invest in water infrastructure, and to identify and mitigate ever-increasing contaminants in drinking water. He also initiated the development of a national program for source water collaboration,” said Raposa.
A member of NEWWA for 23 years, Terry continues in his retirement to work with the association on professional development and training programs to improve the skills and proficiency of drinking water system operators. He served on the Water Resources Committee for more than ten years.
Terry is a past president and a past member of the board of directors of the National Ground Water Protection Council, and a member of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators.
He received a B.A. in geography from Middlebury College and an M.C.P. in city planning from the University of Rhode Island.
Terry is an assistant coach of varsity football at Cohasset High School.