CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Seven West Virginia communities and two counties that went above and beyond in their cleanup and beautification efforts have been recognized by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) for environmental stewardship in 2015.
The DEP’s Make It Shine Program has awarded Clean Community Awards to:
• Wellsburg and Beech Bottom in Brooke County
• Fayetteville in Fayette County
• New Cumberland and Chester in Hancock County
• Wardensville in Hardy County
• Bluefield in Mercer County
Each community will receive two road signs designating that municipality as a clean community. As the grand prize winner, Fayetteville will also receive $500 to apply toward additional cleanup and beautification projects.
Clean Community Awards are presented annually. Each application is judged in several categories – including cleanup, recycling, youth participation and beautification efforts.
The DEP has also recognized Berkeley and Braxton counties with 2015 Clean County Awards. Berkeley County was the grand prize winner, which means the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority will receive $2,000 to put toward cleanups and other projects. As runner-up, the Braxton County Solid Waste Authority will receive $1,000 for such projects.
Clean County Awards are presented annually to county solid waste authorities that promote environmental stewardship through cleanups, outreach and law enforcement.
For more information about the Clean Community and Clean County awards, contact Terry Carrington at 1-800-322-5530 or by email at Terry.R.Carrington@wv.gov.
For more DEP news and information, go to www.dep.wv.gov. Also, be sure to connect with the agency on all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter and find us on YouTube by searching “Environment Matters.” For specific information about our REAP (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan), West Virginia Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), West Virginia Watershed Improvement Branch, Youth Environmental Program and Human Resources initiatives, connect on Facebook.