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Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Executive Director Gary Rikard (left) awards Hernando Director of Community and Economic Development Gia Matheny and Alderman Andrew Miller the certificate noting the city as a Steward in the MDEQ enHance program during a workshop and awards luncheon held in Jackson.

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The City of Hernando is among nine membership renewals accepted in the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s enHance program for the 2018 year.

Hernando was recognized as a Steward in the program and received the award during a workshop and awards luncheon held in Jackson.

enHance is a voluntary stewardship program that recognizes environmental leadership efforts done beyond what is legally required.

Those recognized included Mississippi companies in Columbus, Houlka, Cleveland, Tupelo, Moss Point and Flowood, along with the Columbus Air Force Base as Leaders.

The City of Hernando was the only local governmental entity in the state given recognition.

Hernando was noted for its single-stream curbside recycling to residents with the weekly pickup. It also offers decorative recycling containers in the downtown area and a drop-off recycling bin at the community center.

The city was awarded a Brownfields Assessment Grant in 2016, which it is using to assess properties that are contaminated or have the potential for contamination.

Hernando is also a Tree City USA with an active Tree Board.

Alderman Andrew Miller and Director of Community and Economic Development Gia Matheny were on hand to receive the recognition on behalf of the city at Jackson event.

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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