A face known for his commitment to Lake Champlain likely will not brag, but is humbled about his new award given by Green Mountain Power.
James Ehlers the executive director for Lake Champlain International is the 2016 GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award recipient.
Green Mountain Power has given this award out since 2010, it commemorates the late Meeri Zetterstrom who was know for her osprey restoration.
Ehlers received his award on the shore of Malletts Bay in Colchester, Vermont Thursday. Fitting for the man who has worked tirelessly since the late 1990s on improving the water quality on Lake Champlain.
“A clean water economy, that is what is at stake. It is creating a culture where we protect water, rather than pollute it,” Ehlers said.
Two major line items that still need to happen to improve the water quality of Lake Champlain Ehlers says:
- Reduce pollution from flood mitigation
- Collaborate at the federal level to stop exploiting water for a continued healthy source for our food supply.
Ehlers believes this award will continue to motivate himself, and show his hard working team at Lake Champlain International that the work being done is appreciated.