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Local activist to receive award

Environment: SCOPE President Lynne Plambeck named Water Advocate of the Year award

Posted: December 23, 2010 9:38 p.m.
Updated: December 24, 2010 6:00 a.m.
 

Local resident and activist Lynne Plambeck will be saluted as an “environmental hero” by a statewide conservation group during an event next month.

Plambeck will receive the Dorothy Green Water Advocate of the Year award from the Planning and Conservation League during its 2011 symposium.

Plambeck will receive the award for her efforts to protect the environment in the Santa Clarita Valley, league officials said.

“Lynne Plambeck has been doing this for many years with no expectation for making money,” said Jonas Minton, a water policy advisor for the league. “She does it because she believes this is the right thing to do. ... For decades, she’s been a selfless volunteer.”

Plambeck is the president of the nonprofit Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment and is a Newhall County Water District board member.

Plambeck, has been one of the leaders opposing the creation of a landfill in Elsemere Canyon, has fought for the protection of Santa Clarita Valley groundwater and has fought for “green” land uses and water issues statewide.

Plambeck said she’s glad to be recognized.

“Volunteerism can be a thankless job,” Plambeck said. “It is always wonderful when someone says, ‘Gee, we really appreciate all those things you did and all that time you spent. You made a difference.’ That is what this award says to me.”

At the Jan. 29 event in Sacramento, Plambeck and four others will be recognized for their work on environmental issues around the state.

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