The Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission presented its 2013 Blue Fin Award on Wednesday night to Kay Killian for preserving more than 500 acres that protect the region’s water supply.
Killian and her family have preserved 562 acres in Lincoln and Gaston counties through agreements with the Catawba Lands Conservancy. The land borders Johnson Creek, the largest tributary on the lake’s western side.
The annual award recognizes people or organizations who have taken actions that benefit the lake, its residents and visitors. Killian is an assistant district attorney in Lincoln County who grew up on the family farm.
“The Killian family has lived in the Mountain Island area for generations and own land that would be prized for development,” commission Chairman Kari Lanning said. “Instead, Kay Killian and her family have put their land into conservancy, preserving it as rural and protecting the water quality of Mountain Island Lake.”
Nearly half of Mountain Island Lake’s shoreline is protected by similar conservation easements and by land purchased by county and state governments, protecting the water source for nearly 1 million people.
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