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Promoting habitat-restoration efforts through the use of recycled water to irrigate agricultural 
and conservation lands. A unique partnership is being forged with The Nature Conservancy.  

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Actively engaging in leadership positions with a variety of associations to promote water quality 
and environmental stewardship, including CASA, CVCWA, NACWA, RWA, Metropolitan Chamber 
of Commerce, CWEA, WateReuse, ACWA, BACWA, SCAP, CASQA, Aquatic Science Center, WERF, 
WEF, the Farm Bureau, the Rice Commission, and Northern California Water Association.  

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Partnering with a variety of regulatory agencies promoting sound science and environmental 
stewardship, including the CVRWQCB, SWRCB, Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Science 
Program, Department of Water Resources, CA DFW, CA Water Commission, USFWS, NMFS, and 
USBR.  

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Engaging with a variety of Environmental Organizations including The Nature Conservancy, 
Clean Water Action, The Bay Institute, NRDC, Sierra Club, the Planning and Conservation League, 
Ducks Unlimited, and Sacramento Water Recycling Coalition.  

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Forming community partnerships (e.g., Elk Grove Unified School District, Elk Grove Historical 
Society, Farm Bureau, UC Davis Extension Master Gardeners Program) to create a community 
asset of two historical properties located at the Bufferlands surrounding the wastewater 
treatment plant.  

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Partnering with local environmental groups (e.g., Audubon Society, Laguna Creek Watershed 
Group, Native Plant Society, Sacramento Stormwater Quality Partnership, Business 
Environmental Resource Center, Sacramento Area Creeks Council), universities, researchers, and 
farmers to enhance community education, wetlands restoration, and research opportunities on 
the 2,650-acre Bufferlands.  

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Robust Public Affairs Office responsible for education/outreach to customers, stakeholders, 
board of directors, and policymakers. Implements project communication strategies; 
coordinates public meetings and events, and strategic communications; conducts public surveys; 
manages social media and Web sites; manages hotlines; etc.  

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Sewer Lifeline Rate Assistance Program developed in mid-1990s. Continues to be among most 
robust and user-friendly assistance program in region.  

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Resulting from a flow and load monitoring study, the new Age-Restricted Development Rate & 
Fee Category recently created and outreach to potential qualified customers underway.  

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Becoming a founding funding partner for the Powerhouse Science Center to build a new, 
regional science/environmental learning museum.  

Performance Measures & Results