Governmental advocate Pete Conaty of Pete Conaty and Associates announced that he has received two awards for his advocacy on water issues for 2011.

The Pacific Water Quality Association (PWQA) presented him with the Sidney C. Solomon Award for 2011 at its annual Fall Conference this fall. The Sidney Solomon Award, established in 1970, is given for outstanding service in the area of governmental affairs.

The Pacific Water Quality Association (PWQA) is a non-profit organization representing the water quality improvement industry. The goal of the PWQA is to provide all consumers equal access to quality water options for home, business and commercial water treatment applications.

The California Groundwater Association (CGA) recognized Pete for his efforts by presenting him with the CGA 2011 Advocacy Award. The CGA bestows this award in recognition of his outstanding efforts to promote effective legislation for the public and the groundwater industry.

The CGA is a non-profit organization that has promoted protection of groundwater since 1948. Their members include water well drilling and pump contractors, suppliers and manufacturers, geologists, engineers, hydrologists, government employees and others working in the groundwater field. The CGA represents groundwater professionals working with water well owners throughout California.

Mr. Conaty is a governmental advocate in Sacramento whose firm, Pete Conaty and Associates, represents the interests of numerous clients before the State Legislature, state agencies, boards, and commissions.

Mr. Conaty has received the following other awards for his work in governmental relations since he started his governmental consulting firm in 1996:

  • 2010 California Department of Veterans Affairs, Annual Secretary’s Award in recognition of distinguished service to the nation and in acknowledgement invaluable contributions to California’s veterans over the past 15 years as a legislative advocate.
  • 2009 Military Order of the Purple Heart-Department of California, recognition for outstanding contributions to the creation of the California Purple Heart monument in Capitol Park.
  • 2008-2009 Jewish War Veterans of America-Department of California, Burt Herman Citizen of the Year Award for exemplary and tireless efforts in support of veterans in California.
  • 2008 Vietnam Veterans of America-California State Council, Member of the Year.
  • 2006 Distinguished Service Medal, National Guard Association of California for dedication and support of the programs and services of the California National Guard.
  • 2006 Medal of Merit, California Military Department, for outstanding voluntary assistance and charitable efforts to the National Guard Association of California.
  • 2005 California Off-Road Vehicle Association (CORVA) Past President’s Award for outstanding service to the OHV community.

Pete Conaty retired from the Army in 1986 after 21 years of service and pursued a second career in the California Legislature. Pete served as a legislative staff person in a variety of positions in the State Assembly from 1986-1996. In 1996 Conaty left the Legislature to start the lobbying firm of Pete Conaty and Associates.