CONGRATULATING CATHY GERALI; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 122
(Extensions of Remarks - July 19, 2017)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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                           HON. ED PERLMUTTER

                              of colorado

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, July 19, 2017

  Mr. PERLMUTTER. Mr. Speaker, I rise to congratulate Cathy Gerali, the 
District Manager of the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District (Metro 
District) in Colorado, on her election as the President of the National 
Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). The Metro District was 
formed in 1961 and provides wholesale wastewater transmission and 
treatment services to 59 local governments and approximately 1.7 
million people across the Denver metro area.
   Cathy started her successful career at Metro District 35 years ago 
as an account clerk. Through her strong work ethic and dedication, she 
moved up the ranks to serve as the strategic planning and internal 
control officer and Deputy Manager before being selected as District 
Manager in 2008.
   Cathy is known as a dynamic leader who believes in recognizing her 
staff for their important work protecting the environment, protecting 
public health and allowing the region to thrive. Each year for Earth 
Day, Cathy hosts a special breakfast to celebrate employees. She is 
known for always being on the front lines, being accessible to 
employees, and checking on facility operations. She has also played key 
leadership roles nationally with a number of water organizations 
helping advance both research and advocacy for municipal clean water 
   Cathy understands when we invest in our public water infrastructure 
we are investing in the health of our environment, our communities, and 
our economy. Cathy's fundamental understanding of the importance of 
advancing today's clean water agencies as utilities of the future will 
make her an invaluable leader at NACWA.
   Once again, I congratulate Cathy Gerali on her election as the 
President of NACWA. As she has done with the Metro District, I am 
confident she will lead NACWA with integrity, a spirit of 
collaboration, and an eye toward innovation and progress.