The Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition presented the Dr. Marc J. Taylor Environmental Stewardship Award to Tom Crider of Southbury on Saturday June 11 at PRWC's Jazz on the River at Mill House Antiques and Gardens in Woodbury. Faith Middleton, popular host on WNPR and Event Chair, and Vince McDermott, PRWC Board Chairman, presented the award.
Crider, President of the Southbury Land Trust (SLT), was honored for his outstanding environmental leadership and enormous contributions toward protecting both land and water resources for generations to come. Crider was the driving force behind the preservation of the Southbury Training School farm and woodland areas through ground breaking legislation that provided a blueprint for a new conservation technique. As SLT President, he guided preservation of about 500 acres of land in Southbury, doubling the existing amount of protected open space.