|Stan Schultz with LOWA Executive Director, Donna Swall|
Lake Ozark, MO – Recently, Schultz Surveying and Engineering owner Stan Schultz was awarded the "Outstanding Environmental Advocate" award from the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance, commonly referred to as LOWA. This award from LOWA recognizes the outstanding environmental advocate who has made significant contributions toward preserving and protecting the lake and watershed. This is the first year the award has been given, and LOWA Executive Director Donna Swall had this to say, "It was a unanimous decision to select Stan to be the initial recipient of this award. Stan is a visionary who can see the value in what we do as an organization. He has worked with our group since our formation nearly eight years ago."
LOWA began when 18 local, state, and federal agencies joined together to hold several public meetings around the lake. These agencies have agreed to continue as technical advisors, but clearly want the citizens to lead. The intent was to see if there was any interest in starting a citizen led watershed group for the Lake of the Ozarks. Many of these groups are forming nationally to protect and preserve our waterways and lakes.
"I am very humbled to receive this award”, said Stan. " I feel blessed to be a part of this community and to have the opportunity to help improve the water quality of the lake. I am proud to have helped LOWA in accomplishing their mission and I look forward to continuing this partnership." Donna concluded by saying, "Stan has kept us going, and without his help in the early days, we would have failed. Stan's level of commitment to protecting the environment and to the lake’s economic success is why we chose him for this award. . Eight years ago he promised me he would do all he could to assist LOWA, and he has proven his word is as good as gold.The lake area needs more people like Stan."