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The Community Engagement & Outreach Program of the Year recognizes significant achievements in promoting awareness and understanding of water quality issues. There are two categories – small and large.


1. Create a narrative which is limited to approximately 25 pages including text and graphics or PowerPoint slides.

At a minimum address the following subject areas which are used for the evaluation:

  • Describe the project/program objectives and the problem to be addressed.
  • Describe the methods used, budget, materials created, development and implementation team (internal and external of your agency), and timing of the project. Include any constraints or obstacles overcome.
  • Please include examples of materials used as attachments, exempt from the 25 page limit.
  • Quantify results, if possible (number of brochures distributed, number of people in attendance and likely impact on public attitudes and behavior, ability to deliver project on budget and schedule.)
  • Other; any other unique aspects of the project.

You will be asked to indicate project size (Large or Small budget) in the online submittal in step 2.

2. Submit narrative online here.

Questions about awards criteria:
Contact Dianne Lee at dlee@westyost.com Community Engagement & Outreach liaison.

2016 Community Engagement & Outreach Program of the Year

Community Engagement & Outreach Project of the Year (Small): Ironhouse Sanitary District
Ironhouse Sanitary District’s Program “It’s a school tour at Ironhouse like never before” focused on working with the local school district. Ironhouse gave every sixth grade student a firsthand opportunity to learn and think on a much larger scale. The tour planted the seed of understanding that students can contribute to a cleaner environment by choosing a certain action over another. The incorporation of water recycling and environmental stewardship into the education curriculum continues to nurture the students newfound awareness.   

Community Engagement & Outreach Project of the Year (Large): Wastewater Treatment Agencies of Marin County
Six wastewater agencies came together to form the Wastewater Treatment Agencies of Marin County Public Education Program. The agencies include: Central Marin Sanitation, Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District, Napa San, Sanitary District 5 of Marin, Sausalito Marin City Sanitary District, Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin. Leveraging the resources and staff of six agencies has expanded the budget and the overall diversity of the program. The unique program won the prestigious Dr. Teng-Chung Wu Award from the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board.