Meet Wendy & Steve Hudock: Our Volunteers of the Year
Last week, we blogged about "the rumble in West Virginia" (or, what happened after the state approved a mine permit despite a massive--and unprecedented--public outcry). Today, we're showcasing Wendy and Steve Hudock, who organized and empowered many local residents to make public comments in support of their historic community, North Mountain, and the water quality in the Potomac River. You'll see that the real story isn't about a mine, or the 787 comments West Virginia logged against the mine permit, the story is about people coming together to preserve their community.
The following is part of a conversation with Wendy:
Calling folks to action was a way of uniting our community as we reached out to them for their support. The rally cry went out and the people responded in an unprecedented manner.
The decision to approve the permits at North Mountain was met with disbelief and disappointment. It was shocking that our critical and life-altering concerns were not given the due diligence they deserved.
We thank Brent and everyone at Potomac Riverkeeper. From the first trickle of water that begins at North Mountain, to the Potomac River and beyond, we are encouraged to know that the Riverkeepers are watching and protecting the waterways.
Brent and Potomac Riverkeeper are forever entwined in the history of Prospect Hill Farm, our historic home built in 1790. Each homeowner has left for the next owner, some piece of relevant history to share with future generations. Steve and I will leave our program from The Potomac Riverkeeper Gala with notes pertaining to their valiant efforts to protect and preserve the waterways and, in so doing, save one mountain in West Virginia.
As Wendy mentions above, both she and Steve will be on hand at our Potomac River Gala to receive our "Volunteer of the Year" Award. If you would like to come meet Wendy and Steve, you can purchase Gala tickets online.