CARSON CITY, Nev. — Longtime water resource advocate Roland Westergard was recognized today by the State of Nevada for his lifetime of dedication to the protection of the state’s precious water resources.
The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) presented its 2008 Wendell McCurry Excellence in Water Quality Award to Westergard at a ceremony at the offices of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) in Carson City, with members of his family and many friends and colleagues in attendance. The award recognizes his nearly 50 years of work in water quality protection and water conservation education, especially relating to Lake Tahoe.
Westergard is past director of DCNR and played a key role in the Truckee River Operating Agreement (TROA), which was signed last month after 20 years of negotiation. A major focus of TROA is water quality.
As a member of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s (TRPA) governing board from 1983 to 1998, including being chair for two years, Westergard was instrumental in the development of several milestone water policies, including the bi-state compact with California and the development of water quality standards that establish beneficial uses of the lake and criteria to protect those uses. The compact was approved Congress and signed into law in 1990. Read the rest of this entry »