HVA welcomes George Logan, Honors Environmental Heroes

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Litchfield County Times

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Members of the Housatonic Valley Association officially appointed George Logan of Ansonia to the board of directors at an annual meeting and awards celebration on Oct. 18.

Logan is the director of environmental management and government relations with Aquarion Water Company, where he is responsible for, among other things, watershed management, energy and sustainability programs, natural resource management, environmental policy and community engagement.

HVA Board Director Ecton Manning said, “George is a strong addition to our board, and we are pleased to welcome him to the HVA team.”

Logan accepts a four-year term to serve through 2018.

HVA also presented the River Conservation Leadership Award to Carol Haskins, outreach director of the Pomperaug River Water Coalition. The award recognizes her contributions to river education and community engagement.

Robert Houlihan, HVA board vice president, said, “Carol has been splashing around in rivers, ponds and lakes since her early childhood in Vermont. She shares her passion with colleagues and the public about rivers and streams and what must be done to protect them. Her expertise, vision and good humor make her an excellent teacher and collaborator.”

Haskins joined PRWC in 2008 after receiving her Master of Science in environmental studies from Antioch. She now shares her passion for aquatic environments professionally, both in the Pomperaug basin and in the Housatonic River Watershed teaching youngsters about river ecology and helping landowners make “RiverSmart” decisions to protect backyard streams.

William Labich was honored as well, receiving the Eliot Wadsworth Litchfield Hills Greenprint Award. Labich is the Highstead Regional Conservationist and coordinator of the Regional Conservation Partnership Network.

Houlihan said, “This award goes to those whose work significantly advances the Greenprint’s vision of strategic conservation collaboration in the Litchfield Hills. Bill is a tireless servant leader promoting regional conservation partnerships across New England, and the Greenprint Collaboration here in northwest Connecticut, directing funding and training opportunities our way and promoting our work far and wide.”

The board also expressed HVA’s deep appreciation to retiring board director and former vice president Shep Evans of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, for his many years of service.

HVA, a nonprofit citizen’s environmental group founded in 1941, works to conserve the natural character and environmental health of its communities by protecting and restoring the land and waters of the Housatonic watershed from its source in the Pittsfield, Massachusetts, area to Long Island Sound. HVA is monitoring water quality throughout the watershed, adding sections to the Housatonic Greenway which links preserved space along the Housatonic River corridor with hiking and biking trails, and is using computer mapping to help towns measure the impact and benefits of land use and development. HVA also sponsors the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative in protecting more land across northwest Connecticut. It has offices in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut; South Lee, Massachusetts and Wassaic, New York.



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