LB named winner of 2008 Green California Leadership Award

Long Beach was named the winner of the 2008 Green California Leadership Award for Water Management at the Green California Summit in Sacramento. The Green California Leadership Award recognizes outstanding environmental achievements by state and local government.
“I’m proud of our city, I’m pleased with the job our water commission is doing, and I am especially grateful to our citizens for really stepping up and showing some strong leadership here,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster.
Long Beach City Manager Patrick West said city leaders have coalesced around the effort to permanently change the way we think about and use our water so that inefficient and wasteful uses are no longer tolerated. “Implementation of strict prohibitions on certain outdoor watering activities, bolstered with aggressive public communications, is the future, and this city is embracing the future,” he said.
Long Beach’s Board of Water Commissioners officially declared a water supply shortage imminent in September of last year, triggering prohibitions on certain outdoor uses of water, among other things. The city set records for low water use in September, November and December of 2007, with last October, January and February near record lows.
“The only way a successful conservation effort is going to be sustained is if we ultimately have all of southern California on board,” according to Bill Townsend, president of the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners. “We’re very happy to have this acknowledgement and we hope it inspires others in southern California to be more aggressive in this cause.”

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