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River Basin Center receives merit award

A team from the River Basin Center and the Georgia Conservancy has received a 2007 merit award from the state chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

The award recognizes Laurie Fowler, co-director of the center; David Radcliffe, a professor of crop and soil sciences and member of the RBC Advisory Council; and Shana Udvardy, a policy analyst at the Georgia Conservancy and UGA graduate, for their work in establishing the Georgia Total Maximum Daily Load Technical Advisory Groups.

“This is wonderful recognition by the Soil and Water Conservation Society of the collaborative and interdisciplinary aspect of our work,” said Fowler. “We’ve convened people from across the state to ensure that this key component of the Clean Water Act is used effectively to restore our impaired waters.”

The Conservation Society gives merit awards on the basis of exemplifying its mission to foster the science and the art of soil, water and related natural resource management toward achieving sustainability. The establishment of the technical advisory groups will ensure improved water quality throughout the state.

The River Basin Center is the public service and outreach office of the Institute of Ecology. The center integrates science and policy making, particularly relating to the intersection of land use with water quality/quantity and biodiversity issues.