ELKINS – Randolph County has been named the recipient of a 2021 statewide Clean County and Community Award.
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has announced the winners of its 2021 Clean County and Clean Community awards. The prizes are awarded as part of the Make It Shine program of the WVDEP Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP).
The three recipients of the Clean County award are:
• Randolph County, which received the first place prize of $ 2,000;
• Berkeley County, which received the $ 1,000 second place prize; and
• Greenbrier County, which received the third place prize of $ 500.
The Clean Community Award is given to communities who have worked to keep their environment clean and who have regularly participated in REAP programs.
Applicants are judged on their implementation and dedication to beautification and cleansing efforts and programs.
The Clean County Award is given to counties that have developed and implemented a comprehensive environmental program.
Cash prizes are awarded to the best students to help fund their continuing efforts.
Peggy Ross prepared the candidacy package for the Randolph County commission. She put together a slideshow showing the county commission’s success in cleaning up more than 50 properties, the efforts of the Randolph County Make it Shine group and others who have dedicated hours to make Randolph County the cleanest in the state.
Since 2005, the Environmental Rehabilitation Action Plan has worked to clean up West Virginia and rid the state of unsightly trash. The REAP initiative is home to all state clean-up programs within the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. REAP is a powerful force in the campaign against landfills and illegal waste.
REAP is focused on the cleanup efforts of program staff and volunteers statewide. In a unique partnership, the program empowers citizens to take ownership of their communities by providing technical, financial and clean-up assistance.
The program derives its authority from the A. James Manchin Environmental Rehabilitation Action Plan, in accordance with the State Code of WV §22-15A.