Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District awarded three citizens for their conservation efforts.

Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District recently awarded three residents for their conservation efforts. Terry and Dorothy Gronwall with the Honeoye Lake Watershed Task Force received the New York Association of Conservation Districts partnership award. Ontario County farmer and former town supervisor Sam Casella received a special recognition for his years of service and leadership roles.
The Gronwalls were recognized for their strong commitment to improving water quality and controlling soil erosion to benefit natural resources statewide. The award was also given the couple for their work and dedication to the the Honeoye Lake Watershed Task Force. They donate their time, boat and money to conduct weekly water sampling and aquatic vegetation mapping on the lake, among other services. The information the Gronwalls gather is shared with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to track water quality data.
Casella is the district’s chairman of the Board of Directors and represents the county Board of Supervisors and district on the Finger Lakes Resource Conservation and Development Council. Casella was also recently named a member-at-large on the New York Association of Conservation District Board of Directors where he will help in developing programs and policies that strengthen districts statewide.