District Awards

2019


PLATINUM DISTRICT OF DISTINCTION

Special District Leadership Foundation
The District was recognized with the District of Distinction Platinum Level, the highest accreditation awarded by the SDLF, for completing the four required programs and demonstrating a comprehensive approach to excellence in governance, administration, transparency and fiscal management.

Merit Award for ENGINEERING Excellence

American Council of Engineering Companies: California Chapter
Padre Dam’s Eastern Secondary Connection Project was recognized with a Merit Award for Engineering Excellence by the American Council of Engineering Companies California Chapter. 

Honor Award

American Public Works Association San Diego & Imperial Counties Chapter
Padre Dam’s Eastern Secondary Connection Project was recognized with an Honor Award from the American Public Works Association San Diego & Imperial Chapter.

2019 PLAN-IT GREEN PARK OF THE YEAR

ARVC National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds 
Santee Lakes was recognized for continuing to show leadership, innovation and commitment to running a green park.

EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION award of distinction

California Association of Public Information Officials
CAPIO honored Padre Dam with the Award of Distinction in the special events category for the Water Festival.

EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION AWARD OF DISTINCTION

California Association of Public Information Officials
CAPIO honored Padre Dam with the Award of Distinction for graphic design.

BEST URBAN FORESTRY PROgram

California Urban Forestry 
Santee Lakes was honored for significantly enhancing the urban forest by bringing the community together to plant trees and creating a consistent and well-managed urban forest.

BEST PLACE TO CAMP

The East County Californian
Santee Lakes was honored to receive the Best of East County Gold Star Award for Best Place to Camp.

BEST PLACE FOR FISHING

The East County Californian
Santee Lakes was honored to receive the Best of East County Silver Star Award for Best Place for Fishing.

PRETTIEST PART OF EAST COUNTY

The East County Californian
Santee Lakes was honored to receive the Best of East County Silver Star Award for Prettiest Part of East County.

BEST OF SHOW

Public Relations Society of America: San Diego Chapter
Awarded to Padre Dam for the East County Water Festival.

EDWARD L. BERNAYS MARK OF EXCELLENCE BRONZE AWARD

Public Relations Society of America: San Diego Chapter
Awarded to Padre Dam in the category of Creative Tactics for the East County Water Festival.

District transparency certificate of excellence

Special District Leadership Foundation
Awarded to the District for outstanding efforts in promoting transparency in operations and governance. To receive the award, the District met essential governance and financial reporting requirements; fulfilled website requirements, and demonstrated outreach to its constituents that engages the public in its governance, through various District outreach materials and a community engagement project.

Recognition in Special District Governance

Special District Leadership Foundation
Awarded to Padre Dam Board Members and General Manager.

SANTEE’S FAVORITE - Best Recreation Business

Santee Chamber of Commerce
Through the Santee Chamber of Commerce’s Favorite poll, the Santee Community voted Santee Lakes as "Best Recreation Business." 


Past Awards