lhc - march2010 - macallehollyThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it has honored ten individuals and organizations, including Donna Macalle-Holly of the Lake Hopatcong Commission, from across New Jersey with Environmental Quality Awards for their achievements in protecting public health and the environment. EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck was joined by Mayor Dana Redd of Camden, New Jersey to present the awards to this year’s recipients at a ceremony at EPA’s offices in Manhattan. “Change that will create a healthier and more sustainable future begins with people like those the EPA is honoring today,” said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “They give of themselves and set a high bar in their actions to protect public health and the environment.” EPA presents Environmental Quality Awards annually during Earth Week to individuals, businesses, government agencies, environmental and community-based organizations and members of the media in EPA Region 2, which covers New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally-recognized Indian Nations. The awards recognize significant contributions to improving the environment and public health in the previous calendar year. For information about the Environmental Quality Awards in EPA Region 2, visit http://www.epa.gov/region02/eqa/. Donna Macalle-Holly As an employee of the Lake Hopatcong Commission, Donna Macalle-Holly works closely with four surrounding towns to implement stormwater management projects that reduce the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Hopatcong. Donna worked diligently on the Commission’s lake-friendly fertilizer program, developing an educational webpage and creating slogans for signs that were widely distributed in the community. Recently, she worked on an outreach initiative to educate the public on the threat of a new invasive species, the water chestnut. Donna is a regular contributor to local newspapers on the protection of Lake Hopatcong.

--- At April's Lake Hopatcong Commission meeting, Macalle-Holly received praise for her recognition from commissioners and residents in attendance. She said, “The work I do is on behalf of all of you and Lake Hopatcong. Because of all of our love for the lake and protecting its natural resources. It’s really an honor, thank you.”

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