Roxbury's Miner earns environmental laurels

Margaret Miner of Roxbury is the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Marc J. Taylor Environmental Stewardship Award.

The Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition will present the award June 13 to Miner during the coalition's annual benefit at the Mill House Antiques and Gardens in Woodbury.

Dr. Taylor, who passed away in June of 2012, is remembered as a respected and compassionate physician, educator,and environmental leader.

In his retirement from the medical profession, Dr. Taylor turned his intellect toward fostering coalition-based solutions for the benefit of the environment.

In 1999, Dr. Taylor and a group of his peers founded the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition to study the quality and quantity of water in the Pomperaug Watershed, a 90-square mile area that touches eight towns in western Connecticut.

The organization's board of directors established the award to recognize Taylor for his countless environmental stewardship contributions.

"In selecting Margaret for this award," said John Lacadie, the coalition's board chairman, "(we) are appreciatively acknowledging her as an individual who has demonstrated similar outstanding dedication and leadership for the conservation of natural resources."

"We know that Marc would have been as extremely pleased as we are," he added, "with recognizing Margaret for her environmental accomplishments locally and at the state and federal level."

Miner is the executive director of the River Alliance and vice chairman of the Connecticut Water Planning Council Advisory Group, and advocates on behalf of numerous environmental organizations throughout the state.

Miner previously was the longtime executive director of the Roxbury Land Trust.

"Marc and Margaret worked together for decades on behalf of the environment," said Lori Brown, executive director of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters.

"Together, they made amazing progress to improve laws," she said, "that today help protect the quality and quantity of Connecticut's precious water resources and the life they support."

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