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Leesburg Town Council Presents 2019 John W. Tolbert Jr. Environmental Achievement Award to Tycho Svoboda

Post Date:02/26/2020 11:38 AM
IMG_2172Leesburg, VA (February 26, 2020) – During the Leesburg Town Council meeting on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 the council and Jennifer Chu, chair of the Town’s Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC), presented Leesburg resident Tycho Svoboda with the 2019 John W. Tolbert Jr. Environmental Achievement Award.

Svoboda, a junior at Riverside High School and the Academies of Loudoun, was selected for his efforts in the “Virginia Save our Streams” program, as a certified stream monitor, collecting samples at several stream sites in Leesburg including Tuscarora and Goose creeks. He also conducts regular training for other volunteers. 

In 2019, as part of a high school project, Svoboda developed a mobile app to automatically analyze the water quality data. It also helped to streamline data collection and data entry into the statewide database making stream monitoring easier, quicker, and more accurate. As a result, Svoboda won the 2019 Congressional App Challenge representing the state of Virginia. 

“The EAC recognizes Tycho for his long-term service and impactful work in protecting water quality in Leesburg and Virginia,” Chu said. “He has donated countless hours and technological expertise to enhance and improve the stream monitoring program.”

The Tolbert award recognizes students, community groups, and individuals that conduct or participate in activities that benefit the Town’s environment. Such activities are vital to sustaining the quality and health of our community and significantly contribute to the long-term well-being of our town for generations to come. 

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Leah Kosin
Assistant Public Information Officer
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