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Posted Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Volunteer Dedicates 30 Years to Whippany River Watershed Water Quality

George Van Orden was honored last night for his years of service, commitment, and dedication to protecting and upgrading the Whippany River Watershed and his work on behalf of the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee.

portrait of Dr. George Van Orden

Dr. George Van Orden

Van Orden was feted for his years of service at a WRWAC event held at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany.

“George has worked tirelessly to protect the watershed, which is an important natural resource, for the benefit of Morris County and its residents, and for the state of New Jersey, and he is truly deserving of recognition. Congratulations for a job well done!’’ said Morris County Freeholder Doug Cabana.

“WRWAC could not have selected a more deserving individual to honor this year than Dr. Van Orden,” said Hanover Township Mayor Ron Francioli, who was the keynote speaker at Tuesday night’s dinner.

“Since the 1980’s, George has been on the forefront of watershed management. His work over thirty years ago to restore the Whippany River to the clean, thriving ecosystem it is today stands out as one of his signature accomplishments in championing water quality.  It is one of many.”

Van Orden worked for the Hanover Township Health Department as the municipal Health Officer and Environmental Health Specialist from 1981 through 2015, when he retired from local government. He currently serves as a volunteer member of the Township’s Board of Health and teaches at Rutgers and Drew Universities and the College of Saint Elizabeth.

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