Catawba Riverkeeper Honored with Blue Fin Award

At the December 2011 meeting of the Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission, Catawba Riverkeeper David Merryman accepted the Blue Fin Award.

Catawba Riverkeeper Honored with Blue Fin Award

David Merryman receives Blue Fin Award

The Blue Fin Award honors people and organizations that have “done positive things on or around Mountain Island Lake that benefit the lake residents and its visitors.”  The award recognizes both the testing that David has done to identify high levels of heavy metals and PCBs in fish and sediment, but also the work that the many dedicated volunteers have done to respond to and prevent pollution of Mountain Island Lake.  Mountain Island Lake is the primary source of drinking water for approximately 860,000 people in Charlotte, Mt. Holly, Belmont, Gastonia, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville.  This is the second time that our Catawba Riverkeeper has been the recipient of the award. 


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