The San Jacinto Valley-based Scott Brothers Dairy Farms was recognized March 26, 2012 as the Recycled Water Customer of the Year by the WateReuse Association's California Section.
According to statements made at the WateReuse Annual Conference in Sacramento, Bruce Scott earned that recognition because he exemplifies the association's mission by advancing the beneficial and efficient use of high-quality, locally produced, sustainable water sources for the betterment of society and the environment.
Eastern Municipal Water District, Perris nominated Scott Brothers Dairy Farms for their innovative partnerships that include recycled water irrigation in-lieu of pumping native groundwater. Through this program, more than 5,000 acre-feet a year of groundwater is saved for drinking water purposes.
"This is the kind of teamwork we need to encourage," says Joseph J. Kuebler, EMWD board president. "The dairy gets a reliable water supply for irrigation, the drawdown of high-quality groundwater is minimized, and residents can expect more from their local water supplies for domestic water purposes."
Bruce and his family's dairy have advanced the use of recycled water in lieu of groundwater for irrigating forage crops for many years. This allows groundwater levels to rise dramatically, which helps to address the overdraft in the San Jacinto Valley.
Originally founded in 1913, the now fourth-generation, family-owned dairy business is currently operated by Bruce, his brother, Brad, and father, Stan, and has grown into a milking operation with 1,100 head of Holsteins. A portion of the milk barns' energy use is supplied by solar panels. He also farms 750 irrigated acres and grows the forage crops that his herd consumes. In addition, the Scott family operates a milk creamery in Chino. This year's plans are to develop a small onsite demonstration animal waste to energy generation project later this year.
Bruce has become a well-recognized spokesperson for the dairy industry and agricultural community, and is involved with several organizations that promote environmental stewardship, conservation and land management.
Some of these include the Western Riverside County Agriculture Coalition, the San Jacinto Basin Resource Conservation District, the San Jacinto River Watershed Council, Lake Elsinore and San Jacinto Watershed Authority Total Management Demand Load Taskforce, and the Eastern Municipal Water District Recycled Water Advisory Committee. He has also held leadership positions with the Riverside County Farm Bureau.
The WateReuse Association is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the beneficial and efficient use of water resources through education, sound science, and technology using reclamation, recycling, reuse and desalination for the benefit of members, the public, and the environment.