Organizations from across the state of Indiana submitted their top ideas for the 20th annual Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. Three organizations have been selected and are being recognized by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and Governor Eric J. Holcomb later this month. One of the 2017 award winners is: the Hansen Park Restoration Project – Michigan City High School – Michigan City High School launched the Hansen Park Restoration Project during the 2016-17 school year. The project focused on restoring and monitoring riparian areas of the park along Trail Creek, a tributary of Lake Michigan. The project worked to remove invasive plant species, monitored water quality and invasive species, established a native plant buffer and conducted GIS mapping. The park is used for educational field trips and teaches watershed best management practices. More information is available on the Restoration Team’s facebook page,