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Shirley Heinze Land Trust honored with Governor Award of Environmental Excellence

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The Shirley Heinze Land Trust has been honored with the State of Indiana’s highest environmental award: the Governor’s Award of Environmental Excellence, presented this week by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Shirley Heinze, based in Valparaiso, won in the Land Use/Conservation category for its Little Calumet River Corridor.

“Historically, the Little Calumet River watershed included abundant, healthy wetland areas which performed important hydrological and ecological functions,” IDEM said. “Shirley Heinze Land Trust, with the support of more than 30 partner agencies and organizations, successfully spearheaded an effort to attain the Indiana Bicentennial Nature Trust Conservation Area designation. This project has helped to mitigate existing habitat fragmentation and advance a broader conservation vision. Restoration of these areas has enhanced the quality of local waterways and contributed to good storm water management for the community. As a part of this project, a significant portion of the 12-mile waterway was opened for public recreation. Fall 2017 was the first time in over three decades that paddlers could freely use the waterway.”

Other winners: Pollution Prevention, National Office Furniture, Dubois County; Five Year Continuous Improvement, Toyota Manufacturing, Gibson County; Energy/Renewable Resources, Michigan City Area Schools; Greening the Government, City of Carmel; Environmental Outreach/Education, LaPorte County Health Department; and Recycle/Reuse, Town of Merrillville.

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence is an annual program to recognize Indiana’s leaders who have identified and implemented innovative environmental practices into their programs and facilities. The awards program is open to all Indiana facilities, state and local units of government, individuals, and technical assistance organizations that implement exemplary environmental projects with measurable results.

 

 

 

Posted 9/21/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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