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Two Lake Anna men honored for efforts to improve lake water quality

Posted on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 5:00 am

Bertron AwardsThe Lake Anna Civic Association recognized two people for their assistance and involvement in the organization’s hardworking Water Quality Committee at a recent meeting.

James Beckley and Carl Kannapel were presented the Jack Bertron Community Service Award during the organization’s annual meeting on Saturday, July 25 at North Anna Nuclear Information Center.

Once known as the Good Neighbor Award, the honor has been bestowed on numerous supporters and friends of Lake Anna over the years.  After the death of Jack Bertron, the founder of the Lake Anna Civic Association, the award was renamed in his memory and continues to recognize those who strive to keep Lake Anna a great place to live and recreate.

Kannapel, who currently serves as the committee’s quality assurance manager, has volunteered with the group since 2006 and has resided in the Bluewater subdivision since 2002.

“Being a recipient of the Jack Bertron Award actually means more to me than words can say, considering all that Capt. Bertron did for Lake Anna as a LACA volunteer,” Kannapel said. “From here on I will endeavor to perform in keeping with the finest traditions of his admirable legacy.”

Beckley is a quality assurance coordinator for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and works closely with Kannapel to ensure that volunteer water testers maintain the high standards set by DEQ.

For most of the committee’s 20-year history, the DEQ and LACA have had a memorandum of agreement that data collected by the volunteers is used alongside DEQ’s results because of the rigorous training the volunteers undergo.

Beckley has worked with the LACA Water Quality Committee since 2004, first as a citizen monitoring coordinator before moving into his current position.  He is responsible for the coordination and training of local citizen monitors and their equipment to ensure sampling and collection methods meet state requirements.  Additionally, Beckley receives the local group’s data and assists in the evaluation of the results before it is disseminated to the general public or placed on the two groups’ websites.

Read full story in the August 20, 2015 issue of The Central Virginian