Monday, December 16, 2013

Clean Water Farm Award

I am proud to announce to the world that my most excellent spouse received from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation the Clean Water Farm Award for Botetourt County for 2013.

You may recall I mentioned this project once or twice on my blog. The project involved drilling a well and installing 7,500 feet of water line to multiple watering stations for the cattle. We also had a couple miles of fence built to keep the cattle out of ponds and springs on the farm. Our cow pee no longer flows into Roanoke City's water supply.

This was quite an endeavor and my husband spent most of the summer working on it.

New Cattle Watering Station

Fencing along a riparian way

Fencing around a pond.

More fencing.

Watering station

The project was labor-intensive and I am very proud of my husband for his hard work, and pleased that local officials decided to honor him for his efforts.

He received his award Thursday night at a banquet. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend due to a high fever. I sent along a camera. I think my mother-in-law took the picture of my husband receiving his award. I took the other two after he arrived home.

My husband receiving his award.

Certificate from the Governor

Sign we can put up on the farm.
Congratulations to my fellow. His efforts will help keep the waters clear for a long time, ensuring that each of us has safe drinking.


  1. Quite an achievement for your husband and nice that his hard work also benefits others too.

  2. Congratulations to you hubby! It's very fitting that all his hard work was recognized, and he's also done something that will last for years for the community, too.

  3. What a lot of work. And all for the environment. He is my hero!

  4. So glad to see him recognized for doing this as I am sure it was a lot of time, effort and money to accomplish.. Congratulations to your husband!

  5. Congratulations to your husband for all his hard work! Sadly, our county waterways -- including the Madison lakes -- were recently placed on the "impaired waters" list (article). A recent manure pipeline rupture certainly did not help.


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