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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: June 20, 2012
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N.H. Employees and Citizens Receive Gulf of Maine Council Awards

Concord, NH – Two New Hampshire state employees and three citizens were honored today for their environmental work at a ceremony at the Governor and Council meeting at the State House. Governor John Lynch and the Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Tom Burack presented the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment awards, which recognize the important contributions made by these individuals to the health of the Gulf of Maine, of which New Hampshire’s coastal watershed is an integral part.

Each year the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, a U.S.-Canadian partnership dedicated to protecting environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine, recognizes exemplary work in each of its five jurisdictions, which include the states of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts as well as the Canadian provinces New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

The following New Hampshire recipients received Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment awards at the State House ceremony:

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Awards recognize dedication and commitment to marine environmental quality and sustainable resource use in the Gulf of Maine. The awards are given to participants from the jurisdictions who are retiring from working with the Council.

Ted Diers - New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Ted Diers, DES Watershed Management Bureau Administrator, served as manager of the New Hampshire Coastal Program at DES, the state’s coastal zone management program. Over the past 15 years, he has focused his work on state and federal ocean policy, salt marsh and river restoration projects, and efforts to protect clean water throughout New Hampshire’s coastal watershed. 

Peter Lamb - New Hampshire
Peter Lamb has served as New Hampshire’s private sector member to the Gulf of Maine Council since 2009.  He has been invaluable in helping better understand how regional organizations like the Gulf of Maine Council can interact with Foundations and other charitable organizations. 

Visionary Awards

The Gulf of Maine Visionary Awards recognize innovation, creativity, and commitment to marine protection by businesses, environmental organizations, or individuals who are making a difference to the health of the Gulf of Maine.  The award is given to two individuals, businesses, or organizations within each state and province bordering the Gulf.

Stephen C. Landry - New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
As Merrimack Watershed Supervisor at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services as well as his numerous volunteer efforts, Steve has shown the utmost dedication to the protection and restoration of New Hampshire waters.

Ann Smith – New Hampshire

Ann Smith is a retired grade school teacher who has worked tirelessly to connect her students and citizens of Portsmouth to the environment by engaging them in environmental stewardship activities. Ann was the President of the Advocates for the North Mill Pond from 2005-2011 and helped the organization with numerous community stewardship and educational activities.

Susan Snow-Cotter Leadership Award

The Susan Snow-Cotter Leadership Award is bestowed in memory of Susan Snow-Cotter, a long-time friend of the Council. The Award honors those coastal management professionals who exemplify outstanding leadership or exceptional mentoring in the Gulf of Maine watershed. The award is given to an individual from one of the five sites and provinces. This year New Hampshire’s Dr. David M. Burdick earned this prestigious honor.

Dr. David M. Burdick – New Hampshire

For the past 14 years, Dr. David M. Burdick has involved public school students and college level students in cooperative efforts centered on the restoration of tidal estuary ecosystems. The changes resulting from these cooperative efforts are visibly apparent in the Portsmouth tidal wetlands. Participants in Dr. Burdick’s projects are able to view these wetlands with pride, knowing that their efforts have made a lasting, positive impact.

The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment is a Canada/U.S. partnership of government agencies, non-government organizations and business interests which exchange information and engage in long-term planning to protect and enhance the environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine and its watersheds. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts participate in the Council.

More information on the Council can be found at www.gulfofmaine.org.

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