From the Friends of the Rouge Facebook page:
“River Restoration Program Manager, Cyndi Ross, presented the 2015 Best Friend of the Rouge Award for Valerie Burris to Valerie’s husband, Bruce Burris, and neighbor and fellow rain-garden recipient, Gloria Patterson. Valerie was unable to make the award ceremony at our Annual Membership Meeting, but was well-represented by her dedicated “team”!
More information about the award:
The very first rain garden FOTR installed in Detroit was at the home of Valerie Burris in 2011. After learning about CSOs and stormwater pollution Valerie became a champion for protecting water quality and worked hard to educate others in her community. The following year, FOTR and the Sierra Club installed six additional rain gardens on Valerie’s “block”. The success of these gardens, along with the growing awareness and excitement, led to the Growing Sustainable Water Solutions Project funded by the Erb Family Foundation. The project includes the three-year Rain Gardens to the Rescue program that will result in the installation of 48 rain gardens and hundreds of downspout disconnections in the city of Detroit.
Valerie can be credited with much of the success of the program.
She inspires others as she shares her knowledge and experience at the training workshops.