Friday, March 22, 2019

Westmoreland Conservation District To Receive Governor's Environmental Excellence Award

The District is receiving the award for a two-part educational video it produced about stormwater basins.
Stormwater basins are one of the unsung heroes of our communities.  They preventing problems such as erosion and flooding by collecting water runoff from residential housing plans, commercial sites, and other developments, and then slowly releasing it.
Almost all communities have built stormwater basins over the years and many now face the challenges of how to maintain them and/or how to manage the increased runoff that comes with more development.
The videos describe how to assess how well a basin is functioning, and how to retrofit it if necessary to handle additional runoff and/or to meet new standards for water quality (basins also capture sediment and debris, keeping it out of streams and rivers).
The videos were shown at several District education events in 2018 and are now available for viewing on the Westmoreland Conservation District’s website.
Each year, the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence highlights those projects that promote innovative technological advances, partnerships, public service and environmental outreach as well as encourage pollution prevention, demonstrate economic impact or employ innovative technology.
The District previously won this award in 2005 for its innovative barn headquarters, which features many recycled materials, and energy-efficient and water-saving features.
Awards Dinner
Click Here for more information on the April 16 dinner for winners of the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
For more information on this awards program and for past winners, visit the 2019 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence webpage.
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