Sept. 1 Deadline for ACWA Awards Approaching by Emily Allshouse Aug 30, 2017 Water News Looking for an opportunity to honor those unsung heroes who work tirelessly for the good of ACWA? Or has your agency launched an innovative communications program that deserves broader recognition? If so, you have until the end of the day Sept. 1 to enter your project or nominate someone. The deadline for two of ACWA’s prestigious awards – the Huell Howser’s Best in Blue Award and the ACWA Emissary Award – is Friday, Sept. 1. Both awards will be presented at ACWA’s Fall Conference & Exhibition in Anaheim Nov. 28-Dec. 1. The Huell Howser Best in Blue Award honors outstanding public water agency efforts in communicating with customers, legislators, media, the public and others. The award focuses on innovation and transparency, while taking agencies’ budgets into consideration. A variety of communications programs are eligible, including short and long-term public outreach, crisis communications, employee relations, self-promotion campaigns, customer education, legislative outreach and agency anniversary campaigns. School education programs are not eligible for this award. Established in 2006, the Emissary Award recognizes individual ACWA member volunteers who have made remarkable and visible contributions to the enhancement, protection or development of water resources in California by participating in, supporting and advancing ACWA’s goals. Nominees may have demonstrated leadership in the course of service on ACWA committee, conducted advocacy/outreach at the local, state or federal levels, or committed time and expertise for the benefit of an ACWA program or issue. Guidelines and official entry forms are available here.