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Valley Water Capital Engineering Manager receives Public Service Commendation Medal

June 14, 2019
Valley Water’s Rechelle Blank receives Public Service Commendation Medal

Valley Water Capital Engineering Manager Rechelle Blank has always stood out on the job. She has been described as dedicated and selfless, while providing exceptional service. This week she received a high honor from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Public Service Commendation Medal, for her dedicated service to the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Project.

“Rechelle’s passion and leadership, it’s immeasurable,” said Lieutenant Colonel Travis Rayfield.

LTC Rayfield pinned the medal on Blank during a special ceremony during the Valley Water Board Meeting on Tuesday, June 11. Blank’s family and friends were in attendance when the Board of Directors and entire audience gave her a standing ovation.

Rechelle has been with Valley Water since 1992, and has worked on the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Project for 9 years.

The Public Service Commendation Medal is the fourth highest public service decoration the U.S. Army can give to a civilian. LTC Rayfield says they can’t find any record of the San Francisco District handing out this medal before Blank.

“I’m not one for fanfare, to be really honest,” said Blank, “and I didn’t mind this as much as I thought I would, just because it was nice. It was humbling. I really wanted to recognize it’s not just me, it’s many people.”

Valley Water manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County's 2 million residents. The district effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and more than 275 miles of streams. We provide wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to homes and businesses in Santa Clara County.