2013

Llana Sherman Award

Joe Berg
Joe Berg has demonstrated foresight in landscape water conservation in his roles as a regional leader, working cooperatively with agencies throughout Orange County and Southern California. He began his conservation career in San Diego and continues today as Conservation Manager of the Municipal Water District of Orange County. His commitment to well thought-out research, his vision of the multiple benefits of water and resource efficiency, and his service as a Board member of the Council have spread these benefits across the entire state. Joe has used his many different roles as leader to mentor others and build a stronger conservation community. As one of the member agencies of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, under Joe’s leadership MWDOC has been most active in providing Metropolitan advice in structuring Conservation Credits and pilot water conservation programs. Joe’s efforts have led to the publication of some of the most informative and influential water conservation research projects. He has also been a leader in landscape water conservation innovation. An example of this leadership is the weather-based irrigation controller program he pioneered at MWDOC. His program has been a model for California water agencies, and others around the nation, to emulate.

Richard Harris
While managing one of the largest conservation programs in California for more than a decade, Richard Harris has initiated many innovative conservation programs, such as developing AMI technology as a water conservation tool. Richard has advocated for the use of information and communication technology to develop systems for delivering water conservation services to end users, including the WaterSmart Home Water Report Pilot, which is a cutting-edge, social norms-based, water conservation program that is shaping a new direction in conservation program implementation. The East Bay Municipal Utility District Water Smart Guide for New Business is used not just by planners in the East Bay, but as a resource for CII programs around the country. Richard’s conservation initiatives include testing and evaluating various water distribution system inspection and leak detection technologies, and using high resolution water meter technology to identify unmeasured flow. EBMUD has sponsored and contributed to end use and water/energy nexus research. Richard is also in demand as a speaker at energy-efficiency and sustainability forums. Richard has served as a Board member of the California Urban Water Conservation Council and the Alliance for Water Efficiency. He does this while leading one of the most recognized water conservation programs in the world at the East Bay Municipal Utility District. 

Michael Moynahan Award

Tim Blair
Tim Blair of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has demonstrated leadership, innovation, dedication,  creativity and perseverance in the field of water resource efficiency.  He has helped to pioneer a number of statewide water use efficiency measures and programs over the course of his career. His leadership in conservation legislation, SBx7-7 and AB 2717, helped advance conservation statewide. He led Metropolitan’s long-term water conservation planning, setting the tone for how half the state’s population would meet conservation goals. As a member of the Council  Board of Directors he has helped keep the Council focused on long term success and leadership; and has been a strong proponent of the MOU vision of the partnership between public advocacy groups and water agencies.  His dedication to quality research and leadership in the field has been recognized in his appointments to statewide efforts like the Urban Stakeholder Committee and the Landscape Task Force.  Tim Blair has dedicated his career for more than twenty years to advancing creative measures designed to improve water use efficiency in California. His sincerity and humor have helped him bridge the differences between various groups and find common ground. He has been a mentor to a new generation of water use efficiency professionals who share his dedication to building a sustainable future.

Toby Roy
Toby Roy has demonstrated a commitment to the goals of the Council and state-wide water conservation policy for a number of years both as an active member working on conservation policy on the Board of Directors, and as Chair. In her role as Chair of the Council Board, Toby Roy led efforts to address regional representation of water agencies in the Council leadership. From 2011 to 2013, she led the CII Task Force to create commercial, institutional and industrial BMPs and progressive policies to promote conservation and recycling in California’s businesses.  The Task Force, created by SB X7-7, was made up of diverse stakeholders and Toby was able to encourage consensus building, promote innovative thinking, and inspire extraordinary effort on the part of the Task Force members. As a result of her efforts, complex regulatory and policy hurdles were addressed and one of the most comprehensive BMP guides for water conservation in business was produced.

2012

Llana Sherman Award

Daniel Muelrath

Dan's leadership has been recognized for innovation, accountability, creativity, and teach-ability. From QWEL, which developed into an EPA Water Sense-certified training program, to Cash For Grass and an ROI calculator, he has put together programs that are not only admirable, but have been followed by others. Under his management the Santa Rosa program has grown to include more staff, more water savings and more innovative programs. He has helped to introduce tiered water rates and weather based budgeting to his community. His robust rebate and incentive programs include rain water harvesting, graywater, and irrigation equipment upgrades. He was the first in his city to develop a 5-year strategic plan that is now being used as a model for other utility department sections. He has led by example, taught by demonstration and isn't willing to accept the status quo. He makes the effort necessary for change.  Thanks to these efforts and many more, the citizens of Santa Rosa are better stewards of their water resources. 

Michael Moynahan Award

Roberta Borgonovo

Roberta is a true volunteer leader in the greatest sense of these words.  As a founding member of the California Urban Water Conservation Council, her dedication to thorough study and tireless advocacy for water conservation was a fundamental contribution leading to the growth of the Council, which she led during two tenures as Convener. She maintains a wealth of information on Council history, which she can recall at a moment’s notice.  Roberta has worked to build consensus among league members in urban and agricultural areas. Her dedication to intellectual rigor and documentation helped establish the League of Women Voters as a significant participant in water resource policy discussions and advance water conservation to the highest levels in California.

Mary Lou Cotton
A career spent in water conservation as a steadfast and dedicated leader at the local, regional, and state-wide levels has saved millions of gallons of water through a variety of programs. From water agency roles in Kern County and Castaic Lake, to the private sector serving as a resource for water agencies across the state, Mary Lou has embodied a deep commitment to water conservation. Her hard work has helped shape statewide water conservation policy and helped produce some of California’s most successful conservation legislation.  Her leadership at the Council, first as a Group 1 member, and now as a Group 3 member is appreciated more than she knows. Her efforts as a bridge builder, mentor, and advocate have touched so many in the water conservation industry. She has brought unique technical and policy skills to the table and helped reach out to water agencies that were new to conservation and helped them achieve their conservation goals. She has been a champion for water use efficiency and were an early advocate of integrating water conservation into water supply plans.

Juana Beatriz Gutierrez
In 1992 Juana had the courage and tenacity to stand up during a DWR Water Conservation Advisory Committee meeting and ask what anyone was going to do about water conservation in the community of East Los Angeles. That simple question prompted a dramatic shift in how water conservation programs were implemented, and resulted in the launch of one of the most successful programs in the history of California’s conservation efforts. Under her leadership, the Mothers of East LA implemented a pilot community-based organization program in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California that led to the distribution of 1,000 water-saving toilets in less than 6 months. Instead of asking residents to wait for a rebate, her model gave them a toilet at no charge in exchange for their old water guzzler. From there the program grew, eventually replacing 1.3 million toilets in DWPs service area before it ended in 2006. It has been estimated that the DWP program alone saved 43,000 acre-feet of water annually. This model was replicated throughout the state, and was expanded to other areas of the United States. It clearly demonstrated that water agencies could partner with local community groups to expand their outreach, create local jobs, and deliver cost-effective water conservation.

2011

Llana Sherman Award

Francie Kennedy
Francie's peers recognize in her what it means to be a true leader in water conservation.  She pioneered innovative local water conservation programs at the City of San Juan Capistrano, including budget-based rates; developed conservation coordinator training long before most saw the need; and has served as a mentor to many throughout California, but most especially close to home in Orange County. Her enthusiasm and passion for helping her community, colleagues, and the field of water conservation is both obvious and inspiring. Her peers appreciate the grace with which she demonstrates leadership through selflessness and willingness to give – whether it is with her knowledge, ideas, thoughts, or time. Her leadership is also exemplified through your commitment to education – both to the public at large and to those in the water conservation field. 

Michael Moynahan Award

Larry Farwell

A career spent in water conservation has proven his leadership on local, state-wide and international levels, and saved millions of gallons of water through a variety of innovative projects and partnerships. Larry's leadership in conservation at Goleta Water District and as a consultant to the water industry is appreciated more than he knows; his efforts as a tireless educator, mentor, and advocate have touched so many in the water conservation industry. His sense of humor and integrity are valued by us all – and have contributed to your success in promoting graywater use in California and beyond.  

2010

Llana Sherman Award

Fran Lambert
Fran's outstanding leadership and coordination of the efforts of vendors, volunteers, nurseries, and donated labor has led to the revitalization and enhancement of the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club to become an exemplary Water Smart and Sustainable Gardening teaching center.  She has a vocation of conservation education. Her awareness of and commitment to water conservation and more responsible landscaping through water use efficiency has been recognized by the California Landscape Contractors Association, her customers, and her peers. Her grassroots leadership has resulted in the growth and acceptance of water-wise landscaping throughout San Diego County.

Michael Moynahan Award

Ed Osann 
From the earliest days of the Council Ed has been a partner in water conservation as an advocate and a negotiator. His leadership in new appliance standards has led to measurable reductions in water demand through sometimes difficult but very fruitful partnerships between manufacturers, regulators, environmentalists and water agencies. He was “Our man in Washington,” for many years, supporting California’s efforts to reduce the water factor in clothes washers, and promoting water conservation funding for retrofit programs as Policy Director at the Bureau of Reclamation. This award is a well-deserved recognition of his leadership and success in helping to promote a new source of millions of gallons of conserved water for California’s future.

Fiona Sanchez
A career spent in water conservation has proven Fiona's leadership on a local, regional, and state-wide level, and saved millions of gallons of water through a variety of innovative projects and partnerships.  She showed the world what community-based organizations could do to distribute toilets and helped to perfect a model which has been imitated repeatedly across the country.  While at Irvine Ranch Water District her hard work has helped to produce some of California’s most successful conservation legislation, nationally recognized research, and the very best in technical assistance and program management. Her leadership at the Council first as a Group 3 member and now as a Group 1 member is appreciated more than she knows; her efforts as a tireless educator, mentor, and advocate have touched so many in the water conservation industry.  

2013
Llana Sherman Award
Joe Berg
Richard Harris

Michael Moynahan Award
Tim Blair
Toby Roy

 2012
Llana Sherman Award
Daniel Muelrath

Michael Moynahan Award
Roberta Borgonovo
Mary Lou Cotton
Juana Beatriz Gutierrez

2011
Llana Sherman Award
 Francie Kennedy 

Mike Moynahan Award
Larry Farwell

 2010
Llana Sherman Award 
 Fran Lambert
Ed Osann

Mike Moynahan Award
Fiona Sanchez