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Marvin O. Hill received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Environmental Hero Award Friday in Elkins, West Virginia. The award was presented by Alan Rezek, meteorologist in charge of the Charleston, West Virginia Weather Forecast Office during a ceremony at the Elkins’ fire station.
Held in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations, the award honors NOAA volunteers for their "tireless efforts to preserve and protect our nation's environment." Mr. Hill was honored for his work to improve the protection of life and property in and around Randolph County, West Virginia. He has installed river gauges to help in flooding situations, assisted FEMA in flood mitigation, established rain gauge reporting networks with volunteers, and many other activities that help improve public safety.
“NOAA and the nation are fortunate to have such dedicated people volunteer so much of their time,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “They set a perfect example for others to follow in their communities. America needs more environmental heroes like them.”
in 1995 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Earth Day, the Environmental
Hero award is presented to individuals and organizations that volunteer
their time and energy to help NOAA carry out its mission. Previous
recipients include oceanographers Jean-Michel
Cousteau and Sylvia
Earle, and actor Ted Danson, head of the American
There are a total of 36 winners — 35 individuals and one organization. Five awards are being presented posthumously. Recipients of the 2003 NOAA Environmental Heroes Award are:
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