Killian receives Blue Fin Award

MOUNT HOLLY – The Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission presented its 2013 Blue Fin Award to Kay Killian for preserving more than 500 acres in Gaston and Lincoln counties near the lake to help preserve the quality of the Charlotte region’s drinking water.

Courtesy of Emily Parker

Marine Commission Chairman Kari Lanning, of Lincoln County, praised Killian’s stewardship of the lake after the award was presented to her at the commission’s meeting last month in Mount Holly.

The Marine Commission includes members appointed from Gaston, Lincoln and Mecklenburg counties. Meetings rotate between the counties.

“The Killian family has lived in the Mountain Island area for generations and own land that would be prized for development,” 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.”

The Marine Commission presents the Blue Fin Award every year to recognize people or organizations that have done positive things on or around Mountain Island Lake that benefit the lake, its residents and visitors.

“Kay Killian’s protection of so much land supports the Marine Commission’s mission to preserve and protect water quality, property and wildlife, and to promote public safety on Mountain Island Lake,” Lanning said.

Killian, an assistant district attorney in Lincoln County, grew up on the family’s farm.

The land her family has conserved with Catawba Lands Conservancy borders Johnson Creek, the largest western tributary of Mountain Island Lake.

Approximately 562 acres of land owned by the Killian family in Gaston and Lincoln counties are permanently preserved with CLC. Nearly half of the lake’s shoreline is protected through land put into conservation easements as well as land bought by county and state governments to protect the drinking water source for nearly 1 million area residents.

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