Engineers receive environmental award Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Special to GUIDON

Company B, 554th Engineer Battalion, 2012 Engineer Basic Officer Leadership Course, was recently recognized by the Ozarks Rivers Solid Waste Management District for their volunteer efforts to cleanup 20.5 miles of the Big Piney River in Pulaski County.
Engineer Basic Officer Leader Course students help clean up a sink hole in Lacede County. The officers were volunteering with the environmental clean up and were recently recognized by ORSWMD for their actions along the Big Piney River.

Each year, Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District, or  ORSWMD, bestows awards on individuals, organizations and businesses that help the district meet its goal of reducing solid waste by 40 percent through a commitment to recycling and waste management.

“They are the ones out there in the real world, making things happen and making a difference, so we like to take a little time out each year and recognize and thank those folks,” said Brady Wilson, ORSWMD chairman.

For 2012, ORSWMD honored an area business, two individuals, and two schools, in addition to the Soldiers of Co. B, during its annual meeting in November.

“We don’t have a lot of award recipients, and that is because we are focused on quality and not quantity,” Wilson said.

Also being honored with awards of recognition for their 2012 efforts were:

Gasconade County Associate Commissioner Jerry Lairmore for his continuing support and hard work cleaning illegal dumpsites and litter;

Rory McCarthy of Rolla for his dedication to special waste collections in Rolla for many years, especially tire collections for one of which he personally collected and delivered more than 500 illegally dumped tires;

Gasconade County  Middle School in Owensville, Mo., for its efforts in establishing a school recycling program;

Kingston K-14 School district in Cadet for initiating a paper recycling program for the school and community; and

Brewer Science, Inc. of Rolla for graciously hosting special waste collections in its parking lot in Rolla providing space for, planning, and coordinating those collections and encouraging employee volunteerism during collection times.

The Ozark Rivers District includes Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities with populations of 500 or more. The district’s strategy for solid waste reduction, which has been individually adopted by all member governments and approved by MDNR, involves intense education and increased recycling efforts in member counties and cities.

(Editor’s note: Information provided by the Fort Leonard Wood Directorate of Public Works, Environmental Division.)
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