The prestigious Conservator of the Year award was presented to the OCWD for its leadership in environmental conservation in groundwater quality, reliability and sustainability on a regional basis. Other OCWD programs included in this recognition are its highly acclaimed Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS), the Hotel/Motel Water Efficiency Program, the Children’s Water Education Festival, the Arundo donax removal program in the Santa Ana Watershed, the Prado Wetlands treatment system and animal habitat, dairy-engineered wetlands project and various groundwater clean-up programs throughout Orange County
Phil Anthony accepted the award on behalf of the OCWD. “As conservators, we try to save every drop of water we can,” said Phil Anthony, first vice president of the OCWD board of directors. “Our goal is to keep the water basin filled so we have a continual water source that we can pump to the homes and businesses in the 21 Orange County communities serving 2.4 million customers.”
David and Margaret Carlberg accepted the ‘Friends of the Conservancy’
Ross Griswold was awarded the Chairman’s award based on his commitment of time, talent and treasure to advance the mission and goals of the Bolsa Chica Conservancy. “We have a gem in our backyard that provides hours of science and environmental education and healthy outdoor activity for all ages,” said Griswold, an avid naturalist and conservation volunteer. “My work with the Bolsa Chica Conservancy allows me to work on programs that protect habitat for birds and wildlife native to the area, and to ensure that people have a place to go locally to learn about and enjoy nature first hand.” Griswold supports the Conservancy’
About The Bolsa Chica Conservancy
The Bolsa Chica Conservancy, located in Huntington Beach, California, is a private non-profit organization established in 1990 to advocate education and public awareness, restoration and preservation of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. Its principal mission is to inspire all generations through community involvement and hands-on education on coastal resources, watersheds and wetland science. For more information on the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, visit www.bolsachica.org.