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Local Environmental Heroes honoured

Mayor Andy Letham,Gay Fletcher, Volunteers, Pat Warren

The 2016 Environmental Hero of the Year awards were handed out at a special council meeting today in Lindsay.

Fenelon Falls resident Gay Fletcher was presented with the 2016 Environmental Hero of the Year Award for her work in keeping Garnet Graham Park in Fenelon Falls clean by collecting goose droppings.  Fletcher and the volunteers she organized picked up an estimated 15 pounds of droppings a day throughout the summer. The initiative is credited with protecting the water from contamination resulting in less beach closure do to fecal contamination.

Pat Warren, Chair, Environmental Advisory Committee handed out the award. She says goose droppings are a major contributing factor of phosphorus and nitrogen entering the water which can contribute to algae and weed growth.

Students from the Bobcaygeon Public School ECO Club won the Youth Hero award for their efforts in educating their class mates and keeping the school on track when it comes to recycling. The students couldn’t attend the meeting so there will be a presentation at a later date at the school.

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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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