CARSON CITY – The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) presented its annual Wendell McCurry Excellence in Water Quality Award to Peggy Roefer on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, in recognition of her leadership role in protecting and improving water resources in Southern Nevada.
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, Mr. McCurry was a strong advocate for water quality, establishing the state’s water quality standards and representing Nevada at the national level with the Association of Clean Water Administrators, where he was highly influential in shaping national water policies.
The sixteenth recipient of the award, Ms. Roefer works for the Southern Nevada Water Authority. In her position as Water Quality Manager, Ms. Roefer is extensively involved in collaborative efforts between a wide range of local, state, federal and interstate agencies and NDEP to address water quality issues including nutrients, pathogens, perchlorate, endocrine disrupting compounds and aquatic invasive species.
She is recognized for fostering interagency communication and currently serves as the Chairman of several committees and workgroups to coordinate water quality programs including the Lake Mead Water Quality Forum Selenium Subcomittee and the Ecosystem Monitoring Workgroup. She also served as Chair of the 2012 Lake Mead Science Symposium.
“Peggy’s long-term leadership has been critical in bringing people and agencies together to form a basic understanding of the water quality issues facing Southern Nevada and take coordinated actions to improve and protect water quality,” said Colleen Cripps, Administrator of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. “We are honored to recognize her efforts with the 2014 Wendell McCurry award.”
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