Retired EBMUD planner earns stewardship award
LODI — The 2019 Frank R. Beeler Watershed Stewardship Award will be presented to Rick Leong at the annual October EBMUD Pardee BBQ.
The Frank R. Beeler Watershed Stewardship Award is presented annually to acknowledge and recognize an individual or organization within the Lower Mokelumne River watershed that has shown outstanding leadership, responsibility, or activism in the promotion of sound and innovative natural resource stewardship practices that help sustain the environment and enhance productivity and profitability in the Mokelumne River watershed.
Before his retirement from EBMUD, Rick Leong served as an instrumental long-time member of the San Joaquin County Resource Conservation District’s Lower Mokelumne River Watershed Stewardship Committee, contributing to its User’s Guide.
Leong was also instrumental in helping the City of Lodi receive funding for its Watershed Education Program by connecting the younger, urban generations to the watershed through study trips and the Storm Drain Detective citizen monitoring program. His regular attendance at monthly stewardship meetings helped coalesce local stakeholders, who together built a foundation of work on which others can carry on the mission of helping protect the Lower Mokelumne River watershed.