West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman presented 23 Environmental Awards of Excellence June 25 during a ceremony at DEP headquarters in Charleston.
The DEP’s annual Environmental Awards recognize the accomplishments of state industries, municipalities, educators and community leaders who strive to protect the environment, work to be good corporate neighbors and educate the state’s citizens. The awards are presented to those who share in the DEP’s mission of promoting a healthy environment and practice environmental stewardship.
“Protecting the environment is a commitment we must all make together and today is special day for our agency because we get to recognize those who go above and beyond in making West Virginia a cleaner and healthier place to live and work,” Secretary Huffman said.
The Greenbrier River Watershed Association, one of the oldest watershed groups in the state, won an award in the category of education and community involvement.
About a year ago, the Greenbrier River Watershed Association started learning about two proposed gas pipelines which would impact landowners, stream and forests in its watershed. According to their coordinator, Leslee McCarty, “We began to learn about the approval process for these pipelines and since pipeline projects of this magnitude have never been built in our region, we want to help our members understand what may be coming their way. We are pleased to be recognized for our work informing and educating our members and the public about the proposed pipelines.”
Contact the Watershed Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-647-4792.