The Arthur Sidney Bedell Award was established to acknowledge extraordinary personal service to a Member Association. The award is named for Arthur Sidney Bedell, the second president of the Federation who exemplified its purpose by his long devotion and service to the New York Sewage and Industrial Wastes Association, now the New York Water Environment Association. He was Chief of the Bureau of Sewage and Waste Disposal of the New York State Department of Health.
- Must be a member of the Water Environment Federation.
- Organizational leadership, administrative service, membership activity, stimulation of technical functions, or similar participation.
- The size of the membership dictates the frequency with which Member Associations are eligible to make nominations for the award.