Denise and Dennis Tennison

MANSFIELD -- Denise Tenison was announced as the Richland SWCD 2020 Volunteer of the Year at the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) annual celebration.

Tenison is a long-time volunteer with Richland SWCD. She is a Precipitation, Lake and Stream Monitor Volunteer who was born in Mansfield. She and her husband of 34 years, Denny, live outside Lexington, not far from Clear Fork Reservoir and have two adult children.

Prior to 1998, Tenison conducted lake monitoring for the District while on Clear Fork Reservoir. She resumed volunteering again for the District in 2015.

She has been joined by her husband, Denny, and her daughter Christina, on her volunteer activities. She and Denny now kayak out to two sites on the Clear Fork to collect data twice a month.

She also developed an interest in daily precipitation monitoring in 2015 and lastly began stream monitoring, with this being her second season. She collects data at four different sites on the Black Fork outside of Shelby each month. Denise volunteered approximately 85 hours so far this year.

All data collected from volunteers across Richland County is entered into the computer for easy use and reference.

Paw paw tree seedlings were donated by Rob and Amy Workman and planted at the Stoller Road Trail at Clear Fork Reservoir in honor of Denise

The 77-member volunteer team was also recognized at the annual celebration for their many contributions to Richland SWCD.

Together this year, volunteers have contributed more than 2,200 hours, which has saved the General Fund approximately $23,000. Volunteers contribute high quality data that is used to track soil and water health in Richland County’s 8 watersheds and may be viewed on the Water Data Map of the Richland SWCD website at

Call 419-747-8686 or go to to learn how to volunteer and bout programs and services provided by Richland SWCD.

The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District develops, implements and assists landowners, government agencies and our partners with a wide range of natural resource conservation programs.

Programs and assistance of the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District are available without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability or veteran status.


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