The Orange County Water District (OCWD) has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2002 Environmental Achievement Award in recognition for its exceptional work and commitment to the environment.
Each year, the EPA recognizes environmental advocates who have made significant contributions toward enhancing and protecting the quality of the environment. The award was presented in San Francisco at the EPA Region 9 (west coast) office by Regional Administrator Wayne Nastri and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA).
"Our ability to protect our natural resources rests with the help of the very able and dedicated people and groups who are working all across California, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona and the Pacific Islands and tribal lands to improve the quality of life for all," Nastri said.
OCWD received this award for its environmental program, which includes the Groundwater Replenishment System, the Prado Wetlands treatment system and animal habitat, dairy-engineered wetlands project, ultra-low-flow toilet program, Hotel/Motel and Restaurant Water Efficiency Program, Children's Water Education Festival, Arundo donax removal program in the Santa Ana Watershed, and groundwater cleanup programs in collaboration with the U.S. Navy and other water agencies.
Of more than 100 entrees, 35 were chosen to receive the 2002 Environmental Achievement Award. More details are available at www.epa.gov/region09.
The Orange County Water District is a special water agency created by the California Legislature in 1933 to maintain and manage the huge groundwater basin under northern Orange County. The groundwater basin managed by OCWD supplies 75 percent of the water needs to more than 2 million residents in the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster and Yorba Linda.