The New York Water Environment Association presented the 2018 Frank E. Van Lare Award to Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo.
The award recognizes the contributions of an elected official in support of environmental projects, especially those focusing on water quality preservation and management.
“Protecting our natural resources is an important part of my mission to attract new investment and more jobs to Monroe County,” Dinolfo said. “That’s why we continue to invest in our water recovery infrastructure to ensure the sustainability of our systems as well as our environment. This award is a testament to the hard work of our entire Monroe County Environmental Services team, especially the dedicated men and women in our Pure Waters unit.”
The awards committee selected Dinolfo for her commitment to investing in the human and physical capital needed to promote a clean, reliable, compliant and affordable water environment. Her focus on the Van Lare Water Resource Recovery Facility in Monroe County led to improvements in plant performance, permit compliance and reduced vacancies of qualified staff.
The awards ceremony took place during NYWEA’s 91st annual Water Quality Conference in New York City. The award is named after Frank E. Van Lare, a former Monroe County official and state senator who helped develop the New York State Pure Waters Bond Act of 1965, a precursor to the national Clean Water Act.