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Charles Max Schenk, of Gloucester, Mass., has won the 2005 NOAA Excellence Award for Coastal and Ocean Resource Management for Volunteer of the Year. Administered by NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the award recognizes an individual who has donated substantial time to significantly improve the coastal or marine environment. A ceremony to honor Schenk and the other winners will take place on March 9, 2005 in Washington, D.C. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Schenk has worked with a number of regional organizations to develop partnerships and advocacy coalitions for environmental and cultural causes. He serves as the local representative and chairman of the National Estuaries Program affiliate; the charter president of the Massachusetts Bays Estuary Association; the vice president of the Cultural Alliance of the Lower Merrimack Valley; and the chair of the Gloucester’s Conservation Commission’s wetlands subcommittee.
“From coast to coast, remarkable people are making a difference. These awards honor the coastal and ocean stewards who dedicate countless hours and energy to conserving coastal resources and improving coastal communities,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.
Under the Coastal Zone Management Act, every two years NOAA honors the achievements and accomplishments of those who make noteworthy contributions in the management of the nation’s coast.
The awards were created to honor the late North Carolina Congressman Walter B. Jones. As chairman of the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, Congressman Jones was a strong supporter of the National Marine Fisheries Service and Coastal Zone Management. He provided leadership on numerous legislative initiatives addressing coastal and ocean issues ranging from commercial shipping to oil spill clean-up and prevention to flood insurance reform.
NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and to providing environmental stewardship of our Nation’s coastal and marine resources.
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