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February 12, 2013
By Staff Report
Last week, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) presented its annual Wendell McCurry Excellence in Water Quality Award to Susan Donaldson, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension water quality education specialist. Donaldson received the award in recognition of her extensive and enduring contributions to water quality in Nevada.
Donaldson is an alumna of the University of Nevada, Reno, earning her doctorate in hydrology/hydrogeology. She has worked with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension since 1994 and has fostered numerous projects to further water quality education in Nevada, including:
"Dr. Donaldson's water quality education efforts have greatly informed the public. She is directly responsible for helping stakeholders apply their knowledge and skills to solve community environmental challenges," said Colleen Cripps, administrator of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. "We are thrilled to be able to recognize her efforts with this year's Wendell McCurry Award."
The Wendell McCurry Award was established in 1999 to honor Wendell McCurry and his long-term commitment to water quality protection and improvement. During his 33-year career, McCurry was a strong advocate for water quality, establishing the state's water quality standards and representing Nevada on a national level with the Association of Clean Water Administrators, where he was highly influential in shaping national water policies.