Severn Sound Environmental Association awards returning in March

Severn Sound Environmental Association awards returning in March

Nominations being accepted for awards, which were cancelled the past two years due to the pandemic.

Plans are in the works to honour those people making a difference to improve the environment in the Severn Sound region.

The Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) is kick-starting its annual award program this March after being on hiatus the past couple of years due to the pandemic. (The event will be held March 24 in Coldwater.)

“There have been amazing contributions by many individuals and groups over the past couple of years to help improve the quality of life for all of us throughout this area,” says SSEA chair Steffen Walma.

“Without their contributions to improving water quality, enhancing citizen science and creating critical habitat, efforts to mitigate climate change would be all that more challenging.”

This year’s awards event will feature a presentation by Dr. John Hartig, author of Great Lakes Champions: Grassroots Efforts to Clean Up Polluted Watersheds. The book outlines the stories of 14 activists who have worked to restore aquatic ecosystems in the Great Lakes and their watersheds — including here in Severn Sound.

“It is essential that the leadership provided by these environmental champions be highlighted,” says SSEA executive director Julie Cayley, “because through their efforts, all of us can see that we can — working together — make an incredible difference to the social, environmental and economic fabric of our communities.”

This year’s Severn Sound awards will include categories for students, new volunteers, sustainability and stewardship, as well as legacy contributions. Those looking to make nominations are encouraged to visit the Severn Sound Environmental Association’s website for more details.


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