Outstanding Conservation Outreach Award

Kelly B. Henshaw, City Engineer – Winchester

This year’s Outstanding Conservation Outreach Award is presented to Kelly B. Henshaw, City Engineer, City of Winchester, for her contributions to conservation outreach and mentoring efforts in and around the City of Winchester.

Kelly Henshaw  has established herself as a conservation mentor for our community through a sustained outreach initiative which includes visits to local schools and the STARBASE Winchester program multiple times each year. She educates and inspires students with presentations on non-point source pollution using the Enviroscape model, which informs youth about pollution sources including industry, deforestation, fertilizers and pesticides, pet waste, illegal dumping, erosion and sediment control and agriculture.   By using the model, Kelly allows the students to see actual pollution occurring and the effects that it has on the watershed.  She makes the presentation to children of all ages from pre-K through high school. Kelly mentors and instructs students in 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes about watersheds and pollution in support of Virginia’s Department of Education Standards of Learning requirements.

Kelly Henshaw’s selfless contributions of her love for and about science, engineering, math and technology play a significant role in the mentorship and education of area youth.

It is my pleasure to present the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2016 Outstanding Conservation Outreach Award to Kelly B. Henshaw, City Engineer, City of Winchester, for her commitment to soil and water conservation.