Radford, VA (December 7th, 2016) –
On November 9th, 2016, the ReNew the New Committee, a volunteer river clean-up group, was awarded the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Society’s (SWCS) 2016 Merit Award at the SWCS’s Annual Meeting in New Kent County, VA. Paul Moody, proprietor of the New River’s Edge, Inc. outfitters in Giles County, VA, accepted the award on behalf of the ReNew the New Committee.
The ReNew the New Committee was given the 2016 SWCS Merit Award based on the “Fall into the New” regional river clean-up event held in Radford on August 27th, 2016. The event hosted 450 volunteers from Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski Counties, and the City of Radford, and cleaned up 10 miles of the New River. The volunteers represented student groups, businesses, river advocacy groups, and the general public. Outfitters and the local youth groups donated 150 canoes for the volunteer’s use, and 4 tons of trash and hundreds of tires were removed from the New River.
The Virginia SWCS is a branch of a national non-profit scientific and educational organization serving as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practice, programs and policy. SWCS has over 3,000 members worldwide. The SWCS Merit Award recognizes organizations for their outstanding conservation effort, activity, or product by a group, business, corporation or organization.
The New River Valley Regional Commission is one of 21 regions in Virginia whose commissions are chartered under Virginia law. The organization encompasses the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski, and the City of Radford. The purpose of the Regional Commission is to promote regional cooperation, to coordinate the activities and policies of member local governments, and to provide assistance to local governments.