Exploring Our Water Hero Finalists

You Voted. And the Results Are In!

As we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the CWA—YSI is celebrating the environmental leaders taking action to further progress. We celebrate those studying our world, educating others, and driving positive change in the world.

But only one Water Hero can win our Grand Prize of up to $10,000* in donations to support their work. And—your vote helped decide the winner!

Congratulations, Brooke Klingbeil, our Grand Prize Winner of the CWA Water Heroes Contest!

Brooke is an Advanced Wastewater Operator and Laboratory Director for the City of Medford, WI. She’s passionate about wastewater treatment and spends considerable time educating operators and becoming a lab methods master—all while balancing her children and a budding small business.

Brooke is also heavily involved in industry organizations and has already won numerous awards for her work, including the 2022 WEF Laboratory Excellence Award.

Check out the video below to hear from Brooke as she accepts her donation, and read our interview with Brooke on our blog:

*Terms and conditions apply. See full contest rules & conditions here

Your vote helped determine Brooke as the Grand Prize Winner of our CWA Water Heroes Contest, but we had other outstanding finalists that deserve recognition. Read their stories and learn more about their impact on their communities.

Matthew Norberg, Hydrologist
Montana DNRC

Matt has built a real-time stream gaging network from the ground up for the Montana DNRC. His work helps Montanans meet new demands for water caused by a changing climate, increasing population, and an expanding economy.

About Matt

Dr. Harry Stone, Chairperson, Ohio River Basin Alliance

Harry’s dedicated volunteerism has led the Ohio River Basin Alliance through massive expansion and served as a unifying voice for a variety of organizations longing for healthy ecosystems, river communities, and water-dependent economies.

About Harry

Paul Dombrowski, Chief Technologist, Woodard & Curran

As the wastewater expert for Woodard & Curran, Paul is tasked with getting treatment plants running right, but he does much more than that! Paul is passionate about training wastewater operators and has been heavily involved in WEFTEC’s Operations Challenge, leading the Process Control Event.

About Paul


1. Throughout the summer, you shared your clean water stories. You told us about all the people that have inspired you—and why you believe their work should be celebrated as a part of our CWA Water Heroes Contest!

We collected Water Hero Nominations through August 31st, 2022.

2. Our team reviewed each nomination carefully, assessing entries based on three major criteria – Advocacy, Impact, and Ingenuity to determine our finalists.

Advocacy
Does their work mirror the values of the Clean Water Act?

Impact
What is the overall impact of their work in their community?

Ingenuity
How creative are they with the resources they have available?

3. After accepting their nomination, each finalist was interviewed and highlighted on YSI.com

4. In October, the general public votes for their favorite Water Hero. The finalist with the most votes, Brooke Klingbeil, won the Grand Prize donation of up to $10,000 to support her work. We announced her as our winner on the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, October 18th.

*Terms and conditions apply. See the full contest details here.

Our winner, Brooke Klingbeil, is eligible for one of our three Grand Prize Packages (valued at up to $10,000*). Our other finalists will also receive a $2,500 YSI.com eCommerce credit* to support their next project!

Premium Water Quality Sampling Package with ProDSS

The YSI ProDSS system is the ultimate handheld sampling instrument for surface water, groundwater, coastal waters, and wastewater. This package includes a ProDSS Handheld, a 10-Meter Field Cable, and four ProDSS Smart Sensors that measure Conductivity/Temperature, Optical Dissolved Oxygen, pH/ORP, and Turbidity.

Need additional sensors, Brooke? No problem! We’re throwing in a $2,500 YSI.com eCommerce credit!

Continuous Monitoring Package for Municipal Wastewater

YSI IQ SensorNet is a network of online controllers and sensors designed for process monitoring and control at treatment facilities. This package includes a 282 IQ SensorNet Controller, an FDO optical dissolved oxygen probe, and the cables and accessories needed for proper installation.

If you need anything else, Brooke, we’re providing a $2,500 YSI.com eCommerce credit too!

Advanced Titration System for Your Lab

This package includes a YSI TitroLine 7000 autotitrator with all relevant accessories needed to upgrade your environmental, wastewater, or drinking water laboratory.

And get everything else you need for your lab with a $2,500 YSI.com eCommerce credit!

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