For many of us in northern California, some of the hope and optimism that fills each New Year’s eve was shattered on New Year’s Day 1997 when rain from a series of huge tropical storms began dumping what would eventually be a total of 25 inches of rain over the region in eight days. People were riveted to their televisions as the disaster, which took 9 lives, unfolded.
We were pleased to receive the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s highest award in the area of water conservation recently. The Foundation was recognized for being a long-term industry leader for conservation in California and the West. With receipt of this award and the contents of this latest Western Water, I’ve been reflecting on the more than 17 years I have spent at the Foundation. As Sue McClurg chronicles in her article, a series of talented people have worked both as staff and volunteers through our 20 years. Certainly the Foundation owes much of its success to these people.