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Seven dedicated individuals and one organization were presented with the 2004 NOAA Environmental Hero Awards on Earth Day 2004 in recognition of their “tireless efforts to preserve and protect our nation’s environment,” by the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Ocean Service (NOS).
“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 fine example for others to follow in their communities. America needs more environmental heroes like them.”
“On behalf of the 12,500 men and women working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, I am pleased to present you with this 2004 Environmental Hero Award,” Lautenbacher wrote in a letter to the recipients. “Your dedicated efforts and outstanding accomplishments greatly benefit the environment and make our nation a better place for all Americans.”
“These outstanding individuals and organizations are leading the effort to conserve our resources and protect our environment,” said Richard Spinrad, Ph.D., assistant administrator of NOAA’s Ocean Service. “They serve as excellent examples of leadership and community involvement, especially within our national marine sanctuaries.”
Established 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.
National Ocean Service recipients of the 2004 honors are:
The National Ocean Service balances environmental protection with economic prosperity in fulfilling its mission of promoting safe navigation, supporting coastal communities, sustaining coastal habitats and mitigating coastal hazards.
NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of the nation’s coastal and marine resources.
On the Web:
NOAA Earth Day Site: http://www.noaa.gov/earthday
NOAA National Ocean Service: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov
Marine Sanctuary Program: http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov