CONCORD, CA – Diane Burgis, a trustee on the East Bay Regional Parks District Board and the Executive Director of Friends of the Marsh Creek Watershed will receive the Women Improving the Environment Award from the Contra Costa Women’s Hall of Fame on Thursday in Concord.
The Board of Supervisors established the Contra Costa Women’s Hall of Fame in October 1997 to acknowledge those exceptional, multifaceted women who have enhanced life in Contra Costa County through their careers and volunteer activities.
The honorees have made a difference through their efforts towards equity, innovation, service or achievement in commerce or community outreach.
“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of the many volunteers who contribute their time and talent to protecting, conserving and restoring the Marsh Creek Watershed,” said Burgis.
Burgis was nominated by Susan Morgan, a Director on the Ironhouse Sanitary District Board.
“Through Diane Burgis’ leadership as Executive Director of the Friends of the Marsh Creek Watershed, the protection of natural resources including creeks, water quality and open space has become a priority to our community and its leaders,” said Morgan. “Much of Diane’s work has been funded part time and she was able to accomplish great things for our environment and the Watershed by working beyond her paid hours and by recruiting and encouraging support from volunteers in the community.”
Marsh Creek is one of the fastest urbanizing watersheds in California, and the creek flows for 30 miles through the rapidly growing communities of Brentwood, Oakley, and Antioch in eastern Contra Costa County and into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Editors note: Diane Burgis is a candidate running for Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor, District 3. This was a campaign press release.
For more on Diane Burgis, visit her website.