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El Dorado art teacher wins Environmental Educator of Year award from TCEQ

El Dorado High School art teacher Candace Printz was named the 2019 Environmental Educator of the Year as part of the 2019 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards given by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

“This is an honor,” Printz said. “I hope that this attention can propel our future efforts with the Its Your World Project club, in addition to our newly founded non-profit, Green Hope Project, that furthers education, the arts and environmentalism through work with scientists and engineers.”

Printz was recognized for her creative conservation efforts with her It’s Your World clean-up, recycling and art project. With the statewide recognition, Print was awarded a $2,500 grant to go toward the It’s Your World project.

She was credited for educating students and the public, for utilizing volunteers, and for creating conservation projects. She was chosen by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and TCEQ commissioners.

Printz began the innovative It’s Your World project during the 2015-2016 school year. Seeing trash piling up in the El Paso desert, Printz and her students decided to collect debris and turn it into artwork. Their art educated the public on how much pollution there was in their community.

Her effort won a national contest sponsored by Barnes & Noble. Former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton, who was involved in the contest, visited El Dorado High School to recognize the school’s efforts and came back to El Paso a year later to attend an art exhibit that resulted from the recycling art project. Since then, she has continued growing her conservation art project with clean-ups, art shows, presentations, and workshops and has involved dozens of students and community members in the efforts.

“Ms. Printz’s hard work and dedication have once again brought credit to her and Socorro ISD,” said Ronald Pingor, SISD assistant director of fine arts. “Congratulations on a job well done!”

She will be recognized at a banquet on May 15 as part of the TCEQ’s Environmental Trade Fair and Conference at the Austin Convention Center

Partially Treated Wastewater Spill at South-Central Water Plant Reported to TCEQ

On Friday, El Paso Water officials announced that a contractor working on improvements at the Haskell R. Street Wastewater Plant, damaged a large main that feeds partially treated wastewater into the plant on Thursday.

According to El Paso Water officials, the damage resulted in a significant leak, causing several hundred thousands of gallons of partially treated wastewater to spill into the plant at 4100 Delta Drive,at approximately 1:00p.m..

“The spill did not go beyond the plant’s boundary and has been contained. No storm drains, waterways or public drinking water supplies were impacted or at risk as a result of the spill,” officials stated via a news release.

However, EPW officials added the following information for residents who get their water from wells in the area:

Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within 1/2-mile of the spill site or within the potentially affected area should use only water that has been distilled or boiled at a rolling boil for at least one minute for all personal uses including drinking, cooking, bathing, and tooth brushing. Individuals with private water wells should have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary, prior to discontinuing distillation or boiling.”

Crews are working at the plant to recover the spilled wastewater and pump it back into the facility for full treatment.  Preparations for repairs are underway.

Wastewater service is not affected, but nearby residents may experience increased plant odors; these odors do not pose a public health concern.

El Paso Water notified the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) about the incident, and TCEQ representatives have visited the site and were briefed on remediation efforts.

All wastewater overflows in excess of 100,000 gallons must be reported to the TCEQ, the media and local officials.

If the public has questions on the spill, they may contact David Ornelas, Wastewater Systems Division Manager at El Paso Water at 915-594-5730.

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