Awards, Media, and Grants




SOLA3 works to effectively communicate to the media and the public our concerns and progress on the “state of the lakes,”  SOLA3 has been chosen among Delaware’s top 50 "eco-activists" by Delaware Today magazine.  Delaware Beach Life featured SOLA3 for its “Organization Spotlight…Fighting for Great Lakes” article, as well as an article on SOLA3's 2019 workshop "Testing the Waters: Fifth graders get their feet wet as environmental researchers, thanks to SOLA3 program." WBOC-TV has covered our activities and the Cape Gazette regularly reports on our activities and positions.

Governor's Award

In 2008 SOLA3 was the only environmental organization to receive the 2008 Delaware Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. 








​Sallie Forman, was selected to receive the 2012 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award as founder and president of SOLA3. 


Conservation Award

SOLA3's Conservation Award was created in 2009 to recognize individuals, civic organizations, governments and governmental agencies that have been exemplary in enhancing the overall environmental and ecological health of Lake Gerar, Silver Lake and Lake Comegys.

































2010 Award to City of Rehoboth Beach - Mayor Sam Cooper accepting

In this photo are the winners of the first SOLA3 Conservation Award given in 2009 - Tom Childers (left) and John Hall, who established a native plant riparian border along their lakefront property. 

2012 Award to Lake Comegys Home Owners Association - HOA President Tony Burns holds the award along with Project Manager Joan O'Toole

2011 Award to Tom and Mary Ellen Gaspard

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SOLA3 Award for Outstanding Commitment by an Individual to improve the Rehoboth Lakes Environment

Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf has received this award twice, once in 2005 and again in 2013 for providing state funds to improve the lakes environment.

SOLA3 $3000 Grant to Property Owners for Lakes Improvement Projects

Replacing the Conservation Award, SOLA3 will grant up to $3000 annually to private property owners’ who restore, conserve, or enhance the overall environmental and ecological health of the Rehoboth Lakes through improvements to their property. Properties need to be adjacent to the lakes and boundaries are identified in the criteria. For more information, see criteria and application form