former category, Jeff Kightlinger, retired general manager of the Metropol-itan
Water District of Southern California, was presented the award, which
especially noted his efforts to resolve interstate water issues with the Colo-rado
River. Howard Watts, a young assemblyman from the Las Vegas area,
was also presented the award in recognition of his work on water conserva-tion,
especially shepherding into law the nonfunctional turf bill backed by
the Southern Nevada Water Authority.
Advocacy on behalf of the drinking water community is an important
element of the Section's strategic plan, which the Water Utility Council is
key to fulfilling. Advocacy does not naturally generate any revenue to sup-port
itself; in the summer, however, the Water Utility Council launched the
Advocacy Team as a means of support. Member utilities joining the Advo-cacy
Team will receive more information about important legislation and
be asked for input on policy issues arising in state or federal government.
Several utilities stepped forward to be first members of this special group.
The recommended monetary support to join the Advocacy Team is propor-tionate
to the size of utility and is open to any utility member that values the
distinct voice and perspective the Section has on behalf of drinking water
systems across the two states. S
Tim Worley is the managing director of the Ortega Strategies
Group, former executive director and current consultant to the
CA-NV AWWA Section.
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JOIN THE ADVOCACY TEAM
In 2021 the Section invited members to join an Ad-vocacy
Team to strengthen internal and external com-munication
on the important policy issues. As the Water
Utility Council synthesizes information into formal policy
positions, it requires the means to gather factual data
from experts as well as insights and perspectives from
members. Then, as policy positions are formulated, out-ward
communication channels become important for
informing elected and appointed officials about the best
water policy choices. The Advocacy Team is engineered
to be a crucial conduit for this two-way communication.
The Section encourages utility members to join the
Advocacy Team. To support the Section’s policy research
and education, Advocacy Team members make a finan-cial
contribution at the level comfortable for their size
and budget. Suggested amounts are shown, ranging
from a low $500 upwards to $15,000. Officially the term
of the Advocacy Team begins November 1 following the
Annual Fall Conference, but new members are welcome
to join at any time. For more information or to join, con-tact
Sue Mosburg at the Section office.