I had the pleasure to serve with Rick Warner for five years on the Board of Trustees of the Water Environment Federation. His transformational leadership was instrumental in driving a strategic agenda that elevated the organization as a convener, a collaborator – and a thought leader in the sector. Rick had a personal and professional commitment to the well-being of the organization and to the volunteers that inspired those around him. He has always carried himself with the utmost integrity and transparency, and was highly respectful and complimentary to those that worked so hard around him.
I have worked with Rick on many projects over the past 15 years. His passion for solving complex water resource issues is widely known, and he operates with an inner belief that the best solutions are arrived at in a collaborative manner. Rick has the unique ability to stay focused on the big picture while fully embracing methodical approaches to project challenges. Rick’s experience and approach will add tremendous value to his clients and the water community.
Leadership, collaboration, and execution are just a few of the attributes regularly practiced by Rick Warner. In a technical capacity, we worked together on technology process flow designs for OneWater Nevada - Northern Nevada Advanced Purified Water Research Project treatment portfolios, as well as on Capital Improvement Program projects related to water reuse and biosolids management at Washoe County. In a service capacity, we worked together as members on the WEF Board and House of Delegates Committees, the Nevada Water Environment Association, and, more recently, the Partnering for Impact Leadership Forum. Rick is precise on high-level planning and has a natural ability to build rapport and create impactful stakeholder engagement. Rick pioneered new paths in water sustainability, especially when other conventional methods were already well-established. His leadership and passion for water reliability have earned him the reputation of being a strategic visionary in the OneWater community.
During his 22-year career at Washoe County (Nevada) Department of Water Resources, Rick Warner successfully managed the planning, design, permitting, construction, and commissioning for numerous complex drinking water system projects, water treatment facilities, water reclamation facilities, biosolids management facility, and the County’s non-potable reclaimed water system. Rick’s success is attributed to his collaborative and effective working relationships with agency staff, engineering consultants, contractors, funders, and regulatory officials.
I have had the great pleasure of working with Rick Warner for over 15 years. It was Rick's passion for engineering, water sustainability, and public service that inspired me to get involved in the Nevada Water Environment Association and Water Environment Federation. Rick has provided guidance, technical resources, and mentoring to me (and many others) as I have navigated through my career. His dedication to water resources and workforce development have been instrumental to the development of the University of Nevada, Reno's Water Innovation Institute. Rick continues to be a tremendous asset to solving difficult water and wastewater related challenges.