Dave Hackett and Ellen Brooks of Gays Mills were among the lake stewards and stream monitors recognized earlier this spring for their volunteer efforts to help protect and restore Wisconsin lakes and streams.
The awards were presented during the Wisconsin Lakes Convention and the Water Action Volunteers stream monitoring annual symposium, which were held together, March 30-April 2 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the lakes monitoring program and the 20th anniversary of the stream monitoring program.
Hackett and Brooks won the Wisconsin Stream Monitoring Award, adult volunteer category. They are part of the Valley Stewardship Network and have been monitoring their stream station on the Halls Branch in Crawford County since 2000. Starting in 2014, they added monitoring total phosphorus levels to their duties. Their data contributed to part of a Kickapoo River Watershed Assessment in 2010.