On October 27, 2022, the New River Valley Regional Commission board of directors, comprised of elected officials and citizen appointees across the region, hosted a dinner event at Brick House Pizza in Radford, VA to honor their annual award recipients. Approximately 100 local government elected officials, state and federal representatives, and local government planning commission chairs were in attendance.
The New River Conservancy received the Friend of the Valley award. This award is given to an individual or organization outside of the New River Valley that has made significant contributions to the betterment of the region. The New River Conservancy has long been a partner assisting communities and nonprofits with water quality initiatives in the New River watershed. They bring a high-level of technical capacity to projects including their Water Watchers water quality monitoring program and stream restoration efforts such as those in partnership with Friends of Peak Creek in Pulaski. Their technical expertise and passion for water quality is truly making a difference in the watershed.
Each award recipient was provided a framed print by the local artist Matt Gentry featuring landscapes from the New River Valley.
About New River Valley Regional Commission
The New River Valley Regional Commission is one of 21 regions in Virginia whose commissions are chartered under Virginia law. The organization encompasses the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski, and the City of Radford. The purpose of the Regional Commission is to promote regional cooperation, to coordinate the activities and policies of member local governments, and to provide assistance to local governments.