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Ann Daymut received Evergreen Conservancy's annual Evergreen Award, presented by Bob Lankard, Evergreen Award chairman, at the Tanoma Wetlands Environmental Educational Center on Tuesday.

Anne Daymut received Evergreen Conservancy’s annual Evergreen Award on Tuesday at the Tanoma Wetlands Environmental Educational Center.

Daymut was nominated for this award by Adam Cotchen of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy office in Indiana.

The Tanoma Center is at the intersection of Tanoma and Rayne Church roads and can be accessed from routes 119 and 286.

Daymut is the watershed coordinator for the Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (WPCAMR) in Luxor. WPCAMR works with watershed volunteers, technical remediation experts and government agencies to reclaim lands and streams polluted by historic coal mining in western Pennsylvania. The organization was founded in1982.

In this position, she is well known by Indiana Conservation District employees, watershed groups and conservation organizations. She is a resource for issues related to abandoned mine drainage.

Previously, Daymut was involved in Indiana County as an AmeriCorps/ OSSM/VISTA worker with the Blackleggs Creek Watershed Association. Later she became the Indiana Conservation District’s watershed specialist. There she helped implement the Bear Run Watershed Renaissance Program. This was the first of its kind under the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener Watershed Renaissance Programs.

She also initiated a partnership with the Crooked Creek Watershed Association and the Indiana County Conservation District to hire an OSSM/ VISTA to develop an EPASection 319w Watershed Improvement Plan for the South Branch of Plum Creek, a high quality, coldwater fishery that was impaired by sediment.

Daymut also serves on board of directors of BCWA, Conanshannock Creek Watershed Association and Allegheny Valley Land Trust.

There she has helped administer significant amounts of grant funding from the PA Department of Community & Economic Development and DEP Growing Greener to develop and maintain AMD treatment systems in the watershed.

She lives in Yatesboro in the house she grew up in. She is a graduate of Dayton High School and has two children: Coby, who will soon be 21, and Mia, who is 13.

She attended Chatham College and IUP, where she received her bachelor’s degree in environmental protection.

Evergreen Conservancy has given the Evergreen Award since 2012, with Lee Roy Vatter being the first recipient.

Others receiving the annual award are: John Novak, posthumous; Karin Eller/Plant-It-Earth; John Somonick; Alex Lezark; Art Grguric; and Dr. Katie Farnsworth.

The award was presented as part of Evergreen Conservancy’s annual membership meeting and potluck picnic.

The meeting included a board election, report on Evergreen Conservancy activities and recognition of volunteers. Commissioner Sherene Hess discussed the progress and plans of the Sustainability Task Force.