Thursday, April 25, 2019

2019 Outstanding Environmental Award Winner

New City, NY – County Executive Ed Day presented the 22nd County Executive’s Outstanding Environmental Volunteer Award to New City resident Margie Turrin during a ceremony at Kennedy Dells County Park in New City. Margie has led the fight to protect our environment through her work on the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance and is helping prepare for the future as a member of the Rockland County Water Task Force.

Margie joined the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance when it was first founded in 2010. Aside from volunteering her time to literally pull garbage out of our local waterways, Margie helped initiate a Creekside education program and regularly participates in monitoring the health of our streams. She’s been the recipient of other environmental awards; clearly acknowledging her effort and involvement.

“Margie’s knowledge of science, education, community and communication have been critical
elements to the success of the Watershed Alliance,” said County Executive Day. “In every task she takes on you can see just how much she cares about the health of our environment and protecting it for generations to come.”

Margie Turrin now serves as the Chair of the Conservation Committee for the Water Task Force. In that role, she’s created printed materials and organized outreach campaigns on water usage and methods to conserve water during the summer months when we experience peak demand.

“It is only through the efforts of people like Margie that Rockland County remains the beautiful place that we all cherish,” said Day.

When a proposed desalination plant threatened the health of the Hudson River it was Margie who took the lead. Researching, reaching out to others and going to hearing after hearing; Margie and other dedicated citizens stopped that plant from ever being built.

“Margie is a without a doubt, one of the best advocates for our waterways and for the conservation of water and our environment. Her work will help keep Rockland pristine for generations to come,” concluded County Executive Day.

Margie Turrin was named the 2019 County Executive Outstanding Environmental Volunteer. A serviceberry tree was planted in her honor at Kennedy Dells County Park.

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