Employee Recognition

Employee recognition programs reward employees for a variety of reasons; from performing their daily jobs well to going above and beyond the call of duty. Below is information about the authorized Employee Recognition Award (ERA) and statewide Merit Award Program. Central Valley Water Board staff should obtain the necessary approvals within your office before conducting formal recognition activities.

  • Employee Recognition Award (ERA) - Monthly
    The ERA is intended to recognize employees and senior staff who have performed above and beyond their normal call of duty. The ERA is merit-based and presented at each monthly all-staff meeting in each respective Central Valley Water Board office.
  • Superior/Sustained Accomplishment Awards (SAA/SSAA)

    The CalHR Merit Award Program is responsible for the administration of the Superior Accomplishment Awards (SAA) and the Sustained Superior Accomplishment Awards (SSAA). These awards are for exceptional contributions to State government. Specific areas of accomplishment may include the following topics:

    • An important contribution to science, research, or development.
    • An unequaled personal effort in overcoming unusual difficulties or obstacles in the completion of a major project or task with substantial benefits to the state.
    • Completion of a major project or task in a significantly shorter period of time with substantial benefits to the State.

For more information regarding employee recognitions, please contact the Employee Recognition Liaison.

  Employee Recognition Awards

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Date(s) Award Type Award Recipient(s) Award Description(s)
01/2024 Employee Recognition Award Dana Kulesza More Award Information...
01/2024 Employee Recognition Award Alisha Wenzel More Award Information...
12/2023 Superior Accomplishment Award Denise Hill More Award Information...
12/2023 Superior Accomplishment Award Rebecca Hipp More Award Information...
12/2023 Employee Recognition Award Site Cleanup Program Team More Award Information...
12/2023 Employee Recognition Award Mitch Messmer More Award Information...
12/2023 Employee Recognition Award Camille Hang More Award Information...
11/2023 Employee Recognition Award Bryan Rock More Award Information...
11/2023 Employee Recognition Award Misty Pontes More Award Information...
10/2023 Employee Recognition Award Carson Blodow More Award Information...
10/2023 Employee Recognition Award Jessa Rego More Award Information...
10/2023 Employee Recognition Award Charles Cardenas More Award Information...
10/2023 Superior Accomplishment Award Ciera Collins More Award Information...
09/2023 Employee Recognition Award Michael DeSmet More Award Information...
09/2023 Employee Recognition Award Victor Lopez More Award Information...
09/2023 Employee Recognition Award Cruz Romero More Award Information...
09/2023 Employee Recognition Award Planning Team More Award Information...
07/2023 Employee Recognition Award Carlos Cervantez More Award Information...
06/2023 Employee Recognition Award Alan Buehler More Award Information...
06/2023 Employee Recognition Award Kyle Cockerham More Award Information...
06/2023 Employee Recognition Award Ciera Collins More Award Information...
06/2023 Superior Accomplishment Award Michael Collins More Award Information...
06/2023 Employee Recognition Award Saranya Elankovan More Award Information...
06/2023 Superior Accomplishment Award Jeffrey Pyle More Award Information...