LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 4, 2013) -  The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today presented its eighth annual Emissary Award to Marion Ashley, a longtime water leader known for promoting collaborative solutions. Presented at ACWA's 2013 Fall Conference & Exhibition in Los Angeles, the award recognizes individuals for remarkable contributions to California water through voluntary service to ACWA.

"ACWA's Emissary Award is our way of paying tribute to members who have made unique contributions to this association and have contributed to our successes over the years," said ACWA President Randy Record. "Marion Ashley is a stellar example of a member whose vision, commitment and hard work have helped to strengthen this organization. We thank and honor Marion for his leadership and support of ACWA and its statewide interests."

Ashley, a member of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and chair of ACWA's Local Government Committee, has spent the last two decades raising awareness of state and local water issues and advocating for solutions. Ashley created the Riverside County Water Task Force to address local water issues and pursued regional water management solutions, particularly while serving on the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority.

Ashley served on the Eastern Municipal Water District Board of Directors from 1992 to 2002 and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Directors from 2001-2002. During his tenure at Eastern MWD and as a county supervisor, Ashley played an active role in ACWA, supporting and advancing the organization's goals through participation in the Water Management Committee and the Local Government Committee. He also served as the first chair of ACWA's Region 9.

Ashley has served on other regional water entities such as the One Water One Watershed Innovative Integrated Regional Water Management Plan for the Santa Ana watershed and as past chair of the Salton Sea Authority. He is the current vice chair of the Southern California Water Committee.

ACWA is a statewide association of public agencies whose 440 members are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California. For more information, visit www.acwa.com.

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