BUCKHANNON — Colleagues, family, and friends gathered Thursday afternoon to rename the Buckhannon Sewer Plant in honor of longtime engineer and creative, kind manager, Sam Ludlow. While Ludlow is not retiring just yet, the City wanted to recognize his dedication and ingenuity in managing the storm and sanitary sewer systems for thirty years for the City of Buckhannon and forty-five years of service to the community in various engineering-related roles with the Region VII Planning & Development Council and the engineering firm responsible for the design of the Buckhannon Sewer Plant.

The Sam Ludlow Sewer Plant was constructed in 1987 thanks in part to funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since then, the plant, led by Ludlow established a “firm policy regarding control of sewer extensions and has become actively engaged in the construction of extensions, replacement sewers, and storm sewers” (Combined Sewer Operations Long Term Control Plan Update). His leadership and innovative practices allowed a system that normally would reach its lifespan in thirty years, continue to operate with an expected operation for another forty or more years, saving City residents millions of dollars.

Thank you, Sam Ludlow!