ACWA Presents Emissary Award to Greg Zlotnick

Anaheim, CA –The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today presented its sixth annual Emissary Award to Greg Zlotnick, a longtime water leader whose involvement with the association spans more than a decade. Presented at ACWA’s 2011 Fall Conference & Exhibition in Anaheim, the award recognizes individuals for remarkable contributions to California water by supporting and advancing ACWA’s goals.

“ACWA’s Emissary Award is our way of paying tribute to the members who have guided this association and contributed to our successes over the years,” said ACWA President Paul Kelley. “Greg Zlotnick is in a class by himself when it comes to sustained involvement and dedication over the years. We owe a debt of gratitude to Greg for his years of leadership and his unwavering support for ACWA and its statewide interests.”

Zlotnick, who chairs ACWA’s Groundwater Committee and represents San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority on the ACWA Board of Directors, has a long record of participation and leadership in ACWA, particularly in the areas of groundwater and surface water management. He has been actively involved in developing and implementing solutions to critical issues at the local, regional, statewide and even federal levels.

Most recently, Zlotnick led a major effort by ACWA to develop a first-of-its kind policy document on groundwater management. Developed by a statewide task force over 18 months, “Sustainability from the Ground Up: Groundwater Management in California” provides an in-depth look at current efforts to manage groundwater basins in California. Zlotnick also plays an active role in the association’s Ag-Urban II Coalition, providing valuable input and feedback on the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan.

In addition to many years of service on ACWA’s Board of Directors, Zlotnick has chaired ACWA’s Federal Affairs Committee, Groundwater Committee, and Water Management Committee. He was a founding member of ACWA’s Outreach Task Force and served on the statewide task force that produced ACWA’s landmark water policy Blueprint. He is a member of ACWA’s Executive Committee.

ACWA is a statewide association of public agencies whose 450 members are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California. For more information, visit www.acwa.com.