Astorino announces New Westchester Soil and Water Achievement Awards

Soil & Water Achievement AwardsCounty Executive Robert P. Astorino today announced that nominations are being accepted for the first annual achievement awards of the Westchester County Soil and Water Conservation District. The awards will recognize activities and projects, completed within the past three years, that promote the conservation, management and restoration of soil and water resources in Westchester County.

“It is important that we recognize and encourage the good work being done to conserve our natural resources in Westchester,” said Astorino. “These new awards will help to do just that.”

The deadline for submitting award nominations is Oct. 3, 2014. The nomination form and instructions for submitting are available at www.westchestergov.com/soilwater.
Conservation achievements “come in all shapes and sizes” and a wide variety of accomplishments will be considered for the awards, including:

  • Stormwater management practices to improve water quality or lessen the risk of flooding
  • Public education or student  activities or projects concerning soil and water resources
  • Soil stabilization, erosion and sediment control
  • Natural resources restoration

The Westchester County Soil and Water Conservation District was created to develop and carry out a program of soil, water and related conservation of natural resources. Environmental professionals from the Westchester County Department of Planning provide support to the seven-member citizen Board of Directors.

“The district addresses a wide range of concerns, such as improving water quality and controlling excessive stormwater runoff by applying best stormwater management practices and advocating this through public education and outreach,” said Board of Director Chair Jan Blair.

Questions about the awards nominations can be directed to Robert Doscher, Soil and Water Conservation District Manager, at (914) 995-4423 or at rrrd1@westchestergov.com.

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