CHA’s John Finkeldie P.E. recently accepted the EPA Region 2 Environmental Champion Award at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lower Manhattan Headquarters with other members of the New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership (NJCWRP).
The Environmental Champion Award is the highest recognition presented to the public by the EPA. Award recipients are recognized for the high level of their accomplishments in protecting the environment in EPA Region 2, which includes New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and eight Indian Nations.
Awardees dedicate countless hours, both professionally and personally, to reach this goal. The award acknowledges Mr. Finkeldie and the NJCWRP’s outstanding accomplishments and dedication to protecting the region.
NJCWRP is a public-private initiative aimed at restoring, preserving, enhancing, and protecting aquatic habitats throughout New Jersey. NJCWRP brings together corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies to contribute to crucial state wetlands and aquatic habitat projects. Since its inception in 2003, NJCWRP has received more than $700,000.00 in contributions, with in-kind services from its partners, resulting in projects totaling more than $8.5 million and preserving more than 520 acres and 17 stream miles.
Mr. Finkeldie has been with the organization for 12 years, and he currently serves as the Chair of the Project Review Committee, holding monthly meeting to review applications and projects and validate potential projects that meet the criteria of NJCWRP goals and are technically sound. The organization has committed over $50,000 to projects within Sparta, including the Sparta Glen Brook & Wallkill River Reforestation project with SCMUA’s –Wallkill River Management Group and Sparta High School.