At NCWA’s 20th Annual Meeting Joe Scalmamani and George Basye were honored with the Innovative Water Management Water Award and the Will S. Green Award.
Innovative Water Management Award
The 2012 recipient of the Northern California Water Association “Innovative Water Management Award” is Joseph C. Scalmanini. Mr. Scalmanini is the President of Luhdorff and Scalmanini, Consulting Engineers in Woodland. Mr. Scalmanini has been on the leading edge of California groundwater issues for the past forty years. He has advised water districts and municipalities throughout California — including the Sacramento Valley — on complex water issues and he has been an expert witness in nearly every major groundwater dispute in California. His understanding of groundwater hydrology and his ability to develop practical and creative solutions to managing our groundwater resources is unparalleled in the state of California. He received the Groundwater Resources Association 2011 “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his dedication to better understanding groundwater resources and for being a pioneer in groundwater management. The Innovative Water Management Award is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated innovation and creativity in advancing water management in the Sacramento Valley.
Will S. Green Award
The 2012 recipient of the Will S. Green Award is George Basye. Mr. Basye has been practicing law with Downey, Brand Seymour and Rohwer since 1955, where he has represented water districts, mutual water companies and reclamation districts throughout the Sacramento Valley. Throughout his career, he has been a passionate voice for the Sacramento Valley and a leading proponent for water rights and irrigation in the region. He has a keen sense of the history that has defined the Sacramento Valley and he has shaped many important laws, contracts and policies that have benefited water agencies in the Sacramento Valley. The Will S. Green Award is presented by the Northern California Water Association to an individual who has devoted their life to the promotion and advancement of irrigation in the Sacramento Valley.