The Board of Directors of the Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District appreciates the efforts of community members who dedicate their time and expertise to enhance our environment and quality of life. In 2002 the Water Conservation & Stewardship Award was created to recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to sustaining local agriculture and the environment through water conservation practices or the development of effective water use policy.
May is officially designated as Water Awareness Month to highlight the importance of California's water resources to the human health, economic vitality and environmental quality of our state. Each spring, kindergarten through 8th grade students in Yolo County are encouraged to participate in a Student Poster Contest illustrating the theme "Use Water Wisely, and Keep It Clean; It's a Way of Life." The contest helps teachers educate students about the need to use water carefully and its importance in our every day life.
The Water Awareness Committee of Yolo County receives hundreds of original artwork entries for judging each year. The winning contestants receive individual prizes, as well as special recognition of their artwork displayed on the annual Yolo County Water Awareness Calendar. Now, in its 12th year of production, the calendar is completely dependent on contributions from local sponsors and is distributed throughout Yolo County to 3,000 students, teachers, businesses, local agencies and others.