State officials seek nominations for drinking water awards program

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Source Water Collaborative recently announced it was seeking nominations for projects that help protect public drinking water supplies.

Any individual, group, organization, or agency who engages in coordinated activities to protect drinking water at its source may be eligible for an award. The six award categories are surface water planning, groundwater planning, surface water implementation, groundwater implementation, education and leadership.

“Nominations are being sought for candidates that demonstrate innovative and collaborative solutions to protect North Carolina’s drinking water and the watersheds that support it,” said Dr. Rebecca Sadosky, who helps lead the N.C. Source Water Collaborative. “We are extremely pleased with the success of this awards program and hope that people will continue to initiate source water protection activities.”

The N.C. Source Water Collaborative is a statewide partnership to protect drinking water. Founded in December 2011, the N.C. Source Water Collaborative includes participants from non-profit organizations, university programs, state, local and federal agencies, professional associations, and regional councils of government.

The group’s intent is to develop and support strategies designed to preserve the lakes, streams, rivers and aquifers used for drinking water and the land that protects and recharges these sources of water. In support of this mission, the N.C. Source Water Collaborative is announcing the second annual Source Water Protection Awards cycle.

Award winners will be announced at the 2016 North Carolina Water Resources Association’s Annual Symposium as part of the Water Resources Research Institute Conference.

Nominations must be received by Dec. 1. To nominate an individual, group, organization, or agency, go to http://ncswc.org/Awards. Nomination forms should be submitted at: http://www.ncswc.org/Award_Nomination_Form .

Application materials and additional information, including award criteria and a list of the 2015 award winners are available on the N.C. Source Water Collaborative’s website at: http://ncswc.org/ , or by contacting Rebecca Sadosky at 919-707-9096, or Rebecca.Sadosky@ncdenr.gov .

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