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San Luis Obispo County: PG&E Honored for Conservation Efforts

SAN LUIS OBISPO – For taking the extra mile in conserving natural resources, PG&E was recently presented with the Conservationist of the Year Award from the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District (RCD). The presentation took place Tuesday (Aug. 19) at the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors’ chambers.

From left, PG&E’s Kris Vardas and John Shoals with Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District President Neil Havlik in front of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.

A 16-mile stretch of transmission lines, from Atascadero to San Luis Obispo, were recently upgraded by PG&E crews. Sections of this stretch have serpentine soils that give home to many rare plants. Cognizant of the sensitive environment, PG&E used helicopters to fly in crews and equipment, as well as hauling out the debris, avoiding as much damage as possible to these natural resources.

“I was pleased to see the efforts PG&E took in performing this project in an environmentally responsible manner,” said RCD President Neil Havlik. “As a result of their efforts, environmental impacts especially in the sensitive Reservoir Canyon area, were negligible. They really went the extra mile and deserve credit for it.”

“PG&E’s top priority is the delivery of safe, affordable and reliable energy to our customers,” said Pat Mullen, PG&E’s local division director. “This project is an example of how we are meeting that commitment in a way that is respectful of our neighbors, local priorities and the environment. We are honored to receive this recognition and remain committed to working with local partners in finding solutions that ensure a steady stream of electricity continues to travel to our customers.”

The Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District works with growers, ranchers, municipalities and other land users to conserve and improve agricultural soil, water quality and wildlife habitat through direct technical and funding assistance.

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