NOAA CELEBRATES EARTH
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be celebrating
Earth Day 2001 by participating in community based activities
across the country and recognizing environmental heroes with
an agency award.
"As the nation's leading agency for
oceans and atmosphere, NOAA is proud to participate in a wide
variety of events commemorating Earth Day 2001," said Scott Gudes, acting NOAA
During the last week of April, NOAA will
join its community partners in the following activities:
fisheries personnel in Florida
will staff a booth during Environmental Awareness Week at Cape Canaveral
Air Force Station, April 19 and Patrick
Air Force Base, April 20. Information about dolphin feeding,
marine mammal and sea turtle viewing guidelines, ethical angling,
the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative
Statistics Program, fish tagging programs, and careers in
marine science, marine and environmental science Web sites will
- At NOAA's North
Inlet-Winya Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in South
Carolina the Baruch Marine Lab will conduct an Open House on
Friday, April 20 from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Guests will be able to
visit with scientists at the Belle W. Baruch Marine Field Laboratory
and learn about exciting studies underway in the North Inlet-Winyah
Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Exhibits and live animals
will be displayed in this world-renowned marine laboratory. Participants
will also explore the beautiful North Inlet marsh from a boardwalk.
- Personnel from NOAA's National
Weather Service forecast office in Monterey, Calif., are
participating in a Community Open House sponsored by the Fleet Numerical Meteorlogical
and Oceanographic Center on April 21. It will be held at
the Naval Postgraduate School
annex in Monterey.
- NOAA's Florida
Keys National Marine Sanctuary education staff will join
its Nature Conservancy partners in activities at the annual Cheeca
Lodge Earth Day Celebration on April 21 in Islamorada, Fla.
- NOAA's Wells
National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maine will host a
variety of community activities including nature and bird walks,
and a children's field trip on April 22.
- NOAA's Jacques
Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, in New Brunswick,
N.J., is celebrating Earth Day the week of April 23 with educational
programs for local 6th grade classes which will include several
tree planting projects and a coastal clean-up.
- Personnel from NOAA's Gray's
Reef National Marine Sanctuary in Savannah, Ga., will participate
in Ocean Fest on April 28. The event features exhibits by coastal
area marine science organizations, a working model of the one
person submersible DeepWorker
2000, and the NOAA ship Ferrel
will be open for tours.
- NOAA's Fagatele
Bay National Marine Sanctuary in American Samoa will host
an underwater cleanup for certified divers; a stream cleanup
for schools and special groups; and beach cleanups for communities
groups on April 28.
- At NOAA's Olympic
Coast National Marine Sanctuary in Washington state about
three hundred volunteers are expected to participate in this
year's Coastal Cleanup on April 28. Volunteers will comb 60 miles
of the Olympic National
Park coast from Shi Shi Beach on the north to south Kalaloch
Beach. Marine debris will be collected from remote wilderness
beaches and brought to trailheads or cache sites for later removal.
Volunteers will also participate in monitoring the type and amount
of marine debris encountered. A series of educational events
are also planned for April 27 at area campsites.
Since 1996, NOAA has presented its Environmental
Heroes Award to individuals and organizations throughout
the United States for their efforts to preserve and protect the
nation's environment. Several awards will be presented in conjunction
with Earth Day.
"On behalf of the 12,500 men and women
working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
I am pleased to present the 2001 Environmental Hero Awards,"
said Gudes. "This award recognizes their dedicated efforts
and outstanding accomplishments to benefit the environment and
make our nation a better place for all Americans."
Environmental Hero Awards will be presented
- Richie Moretti of Marathon, Fla. Mr. Moretti
will receive his award on April 21 in Islamorada, Fla. He is
the founder of the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, which opened
in 1986. He has recruited many volunteers to assist with sea
turtle surgery, care and feeding, and public outreach to ensure
the continued health of these threatened species within the Florida
Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
- The Florida Beach Patrol Chiefs Association
will receive their award on April 22 for their assistance in
dramatically reducing rip current drownings in southeast Florida
by publicizing the danger from rip currents through the FBPCA
network of lifeguards.
- Jerry Roberson of Oil Trough, Ark. Mr.
Roberson will receive his Environmental Hero Award on April 23.
Mr. Roberson has been an expert storm spotter in an area where
tornadoes frequently develop. His timely report of a spotted
tornado helped NOAA's National
Weather Service forecast office in Little Rock issue an immediate
- Theodore H. Below from Naples, Fla. Mr.
Below won the Environmental Hero Award for his work as an avid
bird watcher. Below has studied the birds in the mangrove islands
on the Rookery
Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Florida for more
than 25 years. He has spent much of his life trying to understand
habitats, species and natural phenomenon. Mr. Below will receive
his award on April 23 in a private reception at Rookery Bay.
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