The Carson Water Subconservancy District has announced Lynn Zonge will receive the 2019 Andy Aldax Carson River Watershed Award for Exemplary Service in Conservation and Protection of the Carson River Watershed.
The award, created in 2007, recognizes individuals or organizations who demonstrate a 10-plus year commitment to improve and sustain the Carson River watershed.
Zonge is a specialist in fluvial geomorphology, surface water hydrology and geology of the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin regions. Through her work at Resource Concepts, Inc (RCI) she has worked on numerous projects in the Carson River and other watersheds.
One of Zonge’s most noted projects was the Carson River Aquatic Trail. She was instrumental in introducing and mapping this undeveloped primitive section of the Carson River which has become one the best river runs in Nevada. The results of her planning efforts are evident in Carson City Open Space’s trailhead/picnic park site designed for launching watercraft and an educational/safety brochure for the watercraft enthusiasts.
Her work on the Open Space Plan for Carson City sets the planning for years to come to protect the watershed of the Carson River. She was a resource team member for the highly popular waterfall trail interpretive and resource protection project that developed a conservation theme to preserve the Kings Canyon watershed. This project was an educational opportunity to enlighten the hundreds of trail users that the Kings Canyon Creek is a Carson City point source water supply and their stewardship was necessary to protect the drinking water of Carson City.
Zonge not only spends her working day protecting the watershed, she frequently provides volunteer assistance to Muscle Powered and the Eagle Valley Trails Committee (EVTC) assisting with trail design and development that will protect the watershed. Much of what these organizations have accomplished couldn’t have happened without Zonge’s tireless effort.
The award will be presented to Zonge at the CWSD Board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bonanza Room of the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting and presentation to honor Zonge. Contact Toni Leffler (775-887-7450) for information.
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