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On Monday, September 21st, the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) presented its coveted “Flume Award” to Sierra College for its conservation efforts and community engagement during California’s historic drought.ย  This is the first “Flume Award” presented by PCWA.

“We’ve had an extremely productive relationship with Sierra College,” PCWA General Manager, Einar Maisch, said. “In addition to hosting water conservation events, like the Agency’s Mulch Madness event in May, they’ve made significant investments on campus to reduce water consumption. We’re happy to present them with the award.”

At its Rocklin campus, Sierra College has planted drought-resistant and native plants, increased its use of mulch, replaced the football field with artificial turf, and installed advanced and efficient irrigation systems, to name a few accomplishments. 

Sierra College President, Willy Duncan, said, “The seriousness of the present drought is not lost on anyone, especially those of us providing services to a large constituency. We are honored to receive this award, and look forward to building on our strong relationship with PCWA.”

The “Flume Award” was created as part of PCWA’s ongoing efforts to recognize businesses and organizations, in their service area, that have made an impact during the current drought. The award is made of wood from PCWA’s flume system, a system that dates back to California’s Gold Rush. To this day, water delivered via the flume system is measured by the “miner’s inch.”

The “Flume Award” presentation was held at the north entrance of Homer “Buzz” Ostrom Stadium.

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