Chad Ham Receives J. W. Pate Award
Chad Ham, Water Resources Environmental Program Manager for the Fayetteville Public Works Commission, has been named the 2016 Recipient of the J. W. Pate Award for his contributions to conservation and environmental protection. The award is given annually by the Cape Fear River Assembly to individuals who exhibit strong leadership on environmental issues, particularly related to water resource and quality matters.
This is the organization’s highest honor for environmental stewardship and was first given in 1984 in memory of J.W. Pate, a former Fayetteville City Council member. Pate is remembered as an outstanding citizen and community member of Fayetteville with an unusual sensitivity for his time toward environmental issues and the Cape Fear River.
Since its inception, award recipients have included North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt, N.C. Senators Tony Rand and Lura Tally, N.C. Representatives Alex Warner and Margaret Highsmith Dickson, Dr. Sid Gautam and Sol Rose. Ham is the fourth person associated with PWC to receive the honor as former General Managers Ray Meunch, Tim Woods and Steve Blanchard are past recipients.
Ham serves on the Cape Fear River Assembly Board o f Directors as well as serving as the Middle Cape Fear River Basin Association Chairman. He has also served as the President of the North Carolina Water Quality Association, Chairman of the NCAWWA-WEA Water Resources Committee and member of the NC League of Municipalities Regulatory Advisory Committee, and NCAWWA-WEA Governmental Affairs Committee.