Making a Difference: Honoring a Laredo Environmental Hero

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LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) - Doctor Tom Vaughan has been named a Laredo environmental hero.

From his efforts to study and preserve the Rio Grande, to his work with the city on establishing greenspace and environmental ordinances.

Dr. Tom Vaughan is credited with sparking the environmental movement in Laredo.

For more than three decades, Dr. Vaughan has worked to help ensure our river is taken care of for the generations to come.

Dr. Vaughan has spent his life studying the environment and for the past 36 years, he's focused on south Texas and the Rio Grande.

Dr. Vaughan got together with a group of local environmentalists and together they started a movement.

The Rio Grande International Study Center, or RGISC was established in the early 90's.

Soon followed a monthly monitoring program for the river, including sampling and testing of the water in the Rio Grande, which is a task Dr.

Vaughan has completed monthly for more than 20 years.

When Dr. Vaughan is not out in the elements, you can find him in the classroom.

Thousands of students have studied under Dr. Vaughan.

Tom Miller says Vaughan has the ability to get others involved and that has helped the environmental movement in Laredo grow.

After 36 years in Laredo, Dr. Vaughan and his wife Pam are moving on but he's leaving behind a legacy that cannot be beat.

If you want to help honor Dr. Vaughan, there's a farewell tribute gala happening on Friday at the Laredo Country Club.

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