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Granite Bay, Calif. – San Juan Water District has been awarded the 2015 Excellence in Education Award from the California Urban Forests Council for their ongoing efforts to promote water conservation education during the drought.

The award stems from the District’s efforts to assist customers on how to save water and ensure trees survive this historic drought. The District has hosted and co-sponsored workshops with the Sacramento Tree Foundation and ensured tips for taking care of trees are available to customers.

“We’ve focused our efforts on reminding customers to spare their lawns to save their trees,” said Vicki Sacksteder, water resources analyst at San Juan Water District. “It’s incredibly important that mature trees are kept healthy so they bounce back once the drought ends.”

The District hosted more than 100 participants in their two workshops held in Orangevale and Granite Bay. Attendees left with fact sheets, brochures and hands-on tips from experts at the Tree Foundation, Bushnell Garden and Nursery and Green Acres Nursery.

Representatives from the District will be honored on Thursday, September 17, at an event in downtown Sacramento.

“As the drought continues, and even long after, we’ll be reminding our customers about the importance of proper tree care,” said Sacksteder. “We’re proud of this recognition and hope it encourages our customers to continue to look to the District as a resource for help during the drought.”

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