For immediate release - Feb. 25, 2004
TAVARES — Secretary of the Interior Gale A. Norton recently announced she was appointing Lake County Commissioner Catherine Hanson to the Wekiva River System Advisory Management Committee.
The purpose of the committee is to assist in the development of the comprehensive management plan for the Wekiva River Basin and provide advice to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior in carrying out the management responsibilities defined in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Hanson will serve a four-year term on the Wekiva River System Advisory Management Committee.
The appointment to a committee focused on preserving the environmentally sensitive Wekiva area is one of many recent honors for Hanson. She previously assisted regional and state leaders in developing the Wekiva Parkway and Protection Act, which was signed into law last year by Gov. Jeb Bush.
Last September, Bush appointed Hanson to a two-year term on the Wekiva River Basin Commission. The Commission is tasked with implementing the Wekiva Parkway and Protection Act. The legislation sets in place significant regulation for the protection of the Wekiva River system and associated springshed area in Lake, Orange and Seminole counties and authorizes the construction of the Wekiva Parkway to be located in a corridor between State Road 429 and Interstate 4.
A resident of the Wekiva area for more than 25 years, Hanson has diligently promoted for better protection of the Wekiva River Basin.
“It’s been a long-term education process and good things are finally happening for the Wekiva area,” she said. “It is good for the County and it’s just a great honor to help in the conservation of this environmentally-sensitive area.”
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