The National resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has awarded our very own Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District's Water Quality Team the National Group Volunteer Award for 2021. This award recognizes one outstanding Group nationally. The award is presented to the most effective Earth Team in a conservation district.
Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic you cannot stop such enthusiastic volunteers. The Prince William Water Quality program was started in 2015 by Veronica Tangiri who continues to spearhead the four areas of the program today. The Water Quality program consists of four areas of effort that are designed to promote public awareness and natural resource protection:
- Adopt a stream, pond or river
- Chemical Water Quality Monitoring
- River cleanups
- Floatable Monitoring
In 2021 PW had 124 volunteers who provide over 300 hours to support the Chemical Monitoring programs. Also, during 2021 over 1,600 volunteers removed over 35,000 pounds of trash from the rivers and streams in the county- saving the county more than $140,000 it would have cost to hire staff to do the work.