Lifetime Achievement Award

ACWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who, throughout the course of their career, have made remarkable and lasting contributions to the California water community.

This award is presented at the discretion of the ACWA Executive Director in consultation with the ACWA President and Vice President.

Past Winners

  • Curt Aikens, Yuba Water Agency (2020)
  • Bette Boatmun, Contra Costa Water District (2020)
  • Brad Hiltscher, Metropolitan Water District (2019)
  • Richard Schafer, R.L Schafer & Associates (2018)
  • Glen Peterson, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (2018)
  • Mike Hardesty, Reclamation District No. 2068 (2017)
  • Paul Bartkiewicz, Bartkiewicz, Kronic & Shanahan (2016)
  • David Breninger, Placer County Water Agency (2015)
  • Greg Gartrell, Contra Costa Water District (2013)
  • Lester Snow, Water Education Foundation (2010)
  • Brent Graham, Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District (2008)
  • Kirk Rodgers, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (2007)
  • John W. Keys, III, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (2006)
  • Tom Clark, Kern County Water Agency (2004)
  • Ronald Gastelum, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (2004)
  • Sen. Jim Costa, D-Fresno (2002)

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