NOAA 2005-043
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration presented its Environmental Hero Award to 34 individuals and three organizations this year from across the United States. Given in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations, the award honors NOAA volunteers for their “tireless efforts to preserve and protect our nation's environment.”

“NOAA and the nation are fortunate to have such dedicated people volunteer so much of their time,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., 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.”

Established in 1996, the Environmental Hero award is presented to individuals and organizations that volunteer their time and energy to help NOAA carry out its mission.

“On behalf of the 12,500 men and women working for NOAA, I am pleased to present you with this 2005 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.”

There are a total of 37 winners—34 individuals (three posthumous) and three organizations. Visit the NOAA Earth Day Web site at to read more about this year’s award winners. Recipients of the 2005 NOAA Environmental Heroes Award are:

Gus Martinez (posthumous)
Brooklyn Park, Minn
Robert "Stubby" Knowles (posthumous)
Gloucester, Mass.
Ronnie M. Pierce (posthumous)
Hoopa, Calif.
Darin Zarbnisky
Boise, Idaho
Mike Jani
Calpella, Calif.
Dean Martinelli
Windsor, Calif.
Cam Parry
Windsor, Calif.
Michael McHenry
Port Angeles, Wash.

Michael O'Reilly

Dartmouth, Mass.

James Kirkley
Gloucester Point, Va.
Patrick M. Burchfield
Brownsville, Texas
William D. Ruckelshaus
Seattle, Wash.
Grant W. Goodge
Asheville, N.C.
Capt. Scott Fowler
Key Largo, Fla.
Carol Keiper
Benicia, Calif.
Linda Feix
Huron, Ohio
Howard Eugene Wright
Huron, Ohio
Janet Lamont
Port Angeles, Wash.
Judith Stillion
Alpena, Mich.
Paul "Pete" McLain
Toms River, N.J.
Peter de Jung
San Rafael, Calif.
Richard Littleton
Seattle, Wash.
William Reay
Gloucester Point, Va.
Leslie Chapman-Henderson
Tallahassee, Fla.
Charles T. Byars
Wichita Falls, Texas
Bethany Lovette
Slidell, La.
Chad Pregracke
East Moline, Ill.
Paul Toth
Seminole, Fla.
Bob Stanhope
Valrico, Fla.
Sean Fleeman
New Port Richey, Fla.
Maria Falcon
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Billy Frank Jr.
Olympia, Wash.
Mary Cook
Batesville, Ark.
Diane Stanitski
Shippensburg, Pa.

National Aquarium in Baltimore,
Aquarium Conservation Team

Baltimore, Md.

Tennessee Valley Authority

Knoxville, Tenn.
Wichita County Amateur Radio
Emergency Services
Wichita Falls, Texas

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