ACWA Presents Leadership Award to Max Sakato

Sacramento, CA – The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) presented its 2012 Excellence in Water Leadership Award today to Max Sakato, general manager of Reclamation District 1500 and Sutter Mutual Water Company in Sutter County.

Sakato, who has led the two organizations since 1990, was recognized for his many significant contributions to California water. While his achievements are many, most notable is forming the Sacramento Valley Flood Control Action Workgroup in 2008. The group brought together both rural and urban interests for the first time and worked to provide locally acceptable solutions to the state’s Department of Water Resources as it developed the comprehensive Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. 

“This award is ACWA’s way of recognizing leadership and contributions that make a lasting difference in California water,” said ACWA President Randy Record. “Max Sakato truly embodies the spirit of building a world of difference. Over the course of his 40-year career in California water, he has worked tirelessly to bring solutions to flood control and water supply issues in the rural Sacramento Valley.

“Max’s contributions to California water will be remembered for years to come, and we are pleased to present this award to such a deserving recipient,” Record said.

The Excellence in Water Leadership Award – Building a World of Difference® recognizes groups or individuals who have made a remarkable and visible contribution to California water. The award, sponsored by Black & Veatch Corporation, was presented at ACWA’s 2012 Spring Conference & Exhibition, which continues through Friday at the Portola Plaza Hotel & Spa in Monterey.

ACWA is a statewide association of public agencies whose 440 members are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California. For more information, visit www.acwa.com.