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    Mayor Heartweel and Gary DeKock

    Dan Wolz Clean Water Award for

    Environmental Excellence

    It is the highest honor given by the MWEA. It is awarded to acknowledge a person of chief prominence in the water environment field. This award is reserved for recipients of admirable character who have demonstrated exemplary service to the MWEA and have made distinctive contributions to the water environment field.

    In recognition of the MWEA 2010 Dan Wolz Clean Water Award for Environmental Excellence as presented to Gary De Kock on August 12, 2010 at the MiAWWAMWEA Joint Conference

    This award recognizes the contributions made over a long career in environmental service.

    A. Involvement with the Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA)

    • Founder and Chair of MWEA Water For People Committee
    • Member of MWEA Laboratory Practices Committee since 1984
    • Member of MWEA Entertainment Committee for Annual Conference
    • Former chair of MWEA Lagoon Committee

    B. Leadership on a local level

    • Secretary of the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds
    • Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Center for Environmental Study
    • Founder of the Land Conservancy of West Michigan’s annual Korth Conservation Series
    • Founder of WGVU monthly series of radio interviews with local environmentalists
    • Member of planning committee for annual Quiet Water Symposium which takes place on the campus of MSU and celebrates water based recreation and watershed protection
    • Member of the 2010 Grand River Expedition, Financial Committee
    • Member of Friends of Musketawa Trail, Board of Directors
    • Former member of Kent County’s fund raising committee for the Pickerel Lake - Fred Meijer Nature Preserve
    • Former member of State of Michigan, Trailways Advisory Council

    C. Certificates

    • DNRE Operators Certification, Class A
    • Holder of the first Level IV Laboratory Analyst certificate to be issued in Michigan, 2000

    D. Awards

    • WEF, James R. Rumsey Award for technical presentations at conferences, 1994 and 2002
    • Water Environment Federation (WEF), Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award, 2000
    • MWEA, PK Sarda Lab Professional of the Year, 2004