District Awards

2018 Awards

Operating Budget Excellence
The California Society of Municipal Finance Officers

Awarded to Padre Dam on February 7, 2018, for meeting the criteria established to achieve Operating Budget Excellence in the development of the Fiscal Years 2018-2022 Five Year Budget.

Capital Budget Excellence
The California Society of Municipal Finance Officers

Awarded to Padre Dam on February 7, 2018, for meeting the criteria established to achieve Capital Budget Excellence in the development of the Fiscal Years 2018-2022 CIP Budget.

Santee's Favorite - Hospitality and Recreation
Santee Chamber of Commerce

Through the Santee Chamber of Commerce’s Favorite poll, the Santee Community voted Santee Lakes as “Favorite Hospitality and Recreation." The award was received at the February 22, 2018 Awards Ceremony.

Business of the Year - Entertainment & Recreation Industry
San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce

Through a poll conducted by East County Chamber of Commerce, Santee Lakes was honored with the 2017 Business of the Year award, received at the February 24, 2018 Awards Ceremony.

Excellence in Design
The California Park and Recreation Society District 12

On March 20, 2018, Santee Lakes’ Dynamic Vision Plan was recognized for exhibiting innovative and creative design in a recreation facility, providing good utilization of site for safety and operations, involving community groups and resources, meeting a variety of needs to benefit the community, and demonstrating creative use of materials, equipment, plants or other unique features.

Citation of Merit
The California Park and Recreation Society District 12

On March 20, 2018, Laura Koval, Director of Park & Recreation, was honored with the Citation of Merit Award for her outstanding efforts on the Santee Lakes Dynamic Vision Plan.

Community Outreach of the Year
California WateReuse Association

Padre Dam’s East County Advanced Water Purification Program was recognized at the March 26, 2018 WateReuse Conference for outstanding efforts in Recycled Water Community Outreach and Public Education.

Excellence in Public Information and Communication
California Association of Public Information Officials

CAPIO honored Padre Dam with the top EPIC award in the special events category for the “Girls Scouts Water Journey with Padre Dam” program.

Award of Distinction
California Association of Public Information Officials

CAPIO honored Padre Dam with the Award of Distinction for the “Beer Starts with Water” outreach program in the Most Innovative category.

Past Awards

2017

The Californian's Best of East County Awards: Gold Star for Best Camping
The Californian's Best of East County Awards: Gold Star for Prettiest Part of the County
The Californian's Best of East County Awards: Silver Award for Best Fishing
Santee Chamber of Commerce "Best of Santee": Best Recreation
California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS): Awards of Excellence
Trip Advisor: Certificate of Excellence
Good Sam: Top Rated RV Parks and Campgrounds
California Urban Forestry: Exceptional Urban Forestry Program
Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF): District of Distinction Accredidation
Jostle: Employee Engagement Initiative of the Year
Special District Leadership Foundation: Administrator Certification, Allen Carlisle
Public Relations Society of America San Diego (PRSA): Mark of Merit Awards, Video Program
Public Relations Society of America San Diego (PRSA): Mark of Merit Awards, Creative Tactics
California Association of Public Information Officials: Excellence in Communications Award of Distinction
California Association of Public Information Officials  Excellence in Communications Award of Merit
WateReuse California: WateReuse Agency of the Year
American Council of Engineering Companies CA (ACEC): Engineering Excellence Honor
American Public Works Administration (APWA) SD & Imperial Counties Chapter: Project Honor Award

2016

Special District Leadership Foundation: Transparency Certificate of Excellence
Water Reliability Coalition: Agency of the Year
California Association of Public Information Officials: Excellence in Communications Award of Distinction
Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals: Platinum Hermes Creative Award

2015

Special District Leadership Foundation: District of Distinction Accreditation
Public Relations Society of America: Bronze Anvil Award of Commendation
California Water Environmental Association Local Region: Collection System of the Year and Plant
Safety Award
Water Reliability Coalition: Project/District of the Year

2014

Water Reliability Coalition: Excellence in Communications and Public Outreach

2013

California Society of Municipal Finance Officers: Certificate of Award for Excellence in Capital Budgeting
American Public Works Association San Diego Chapter: Honor Award
National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds: Park of the Year
National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds: Plan-it-Green Award
Association of California Water Agencies: Network Outreach Winner

2012

American Society of Civil Engineers San Diego Section: West Victoria Retrofit Project Award of Merit

2011

The American Public Works Association of SD & Imperial Counties: Awards of Honor and Excellence
The American Public Works Association of SD & Imperial Counties: Project of the Year and Merit
California Society of Municipal Finance Officers: Certificate of Award for Excellence in Capital Budgeting