APSP awarded the 2017 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to Quechan Parks and Recreation. The award was presented at the National Environmental Health Association/Department of Housing and Urban Development Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Lt. Issac Ampadu, senior environmental health officer with the Indian Health Service Office of Environmental Health & Engineering, accepted the award from Jody O'Grady, vice president of sales operations and support at Taylor Technologies, Inc. and member of the APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee.

The Quechan Parks and Recreation Department will use the grant to provide water safety instructor training through the Red Cross, purchase swimming equipment and provide structured swimming lessons for the Quechan tribe.  

"The Quechan tribe is an underserved population and many children have not had the opportunity to take swim lessons to allow them to play safely in the water. On behalf of the Quechan Tribe, we are honored to receive the Dr. R. Neil Lowry Award to assist us in our efforts to make structured swimming opportunities possible for the Quechan community," Ampadu says. 

"Helping communities update and advance their water safety training initiatives and equipment allows us to continue to promote the safe enjoyment of water," says APSP President and CEO Rich Gottwald. "We are honored to provide the Quechan tribe funding in the memory of Dr. R. Neil Lowry, a well-known educator and consultant to the pool and spa industry." 

For more information about the Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant visit APSP.org/Lowry.