CUMBERLAND — County engineer Angela R. Patterson was awarded the Martin M. Gordon Urban Conservation Award for 2012. She was presented with the award at last Thursday’s Allegany County commission meeting.
Patterson received the award for her “outstanding leadership in the development of the Watershed Implementation Plan for Allegany County.” The award was presented by Craig A. Hartsock, the district manager of the Allegany Soil Conservation District.
Present at the meeting was Wesley Gordon, the son of the late Martin Gordon.
“Angie is a true professional,” said Hartsock. “The county should be proud of the work she has done,” said Hartsock.
Martin Gordon was an early leader in conservation efforts in Allegany County, Hartsock said.
“Thank you so much. ... This is very encouraging to me,” Patterson said. She also thanked the other members of the Watershed Implementation Committee.
Patterson is in charge of coordinating Allegany County’s response to, and implementation of, the total daily maximum load requirements issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Maryland Department of the Environment. She works with a committee including county and municipal officials along with other members.
TMDLs are “an estimate of the maximum amount of an impairing substance or stressor (pollutant) that a water body can assimilate without violating water quality standards,” according to the Maryland Department of the Environment.
The focus of the county engineering corps is roads, water, sewer, structural, building maintenence, land planning, storm water and drainage, Mark Yoder, county utilities division chief, said. Many county projects are designed and managed in-house, which saves taxpayer money, Yoder said.
The commissioners also proclaimed Oct. 15 to 19 as economic development week.
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