Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry has received a national award for environmental achievement.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies this week honored Henry with the 2019 National Environmental Achievement Award for Local Public Service for his work to protect water resources, clean the city’s rivers and reduce energy costs. The award recognizes public officials at the local, state and federal levels of government who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to service in their community and protecting the environment.

Henry was one of five public servants to be honored with the award.

NACWA officials cited Mayor Henry’s efforts to create non-traditional sources of revenue through the methane power generation program, success in bringing affordable, quality water to all residents through acquisition and consolidation, and improvements that have spurred interests in riverfront development. 

The city said Henry has been committed to “aging infrastructure, protecting our water resources, reducing runoff pollution from our waterways, recapturing waste to create energy, and building improvements to protect neighborhoods from street flooding and basement backups.” The methane generation to power portions of the city’s Water Pollution Control Plant have saved more than $1.2 million in electricity.