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EPA Environmental Quality Award!

The Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve received the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Quality Award, the highest recognition presented to the public by the department. Betsy Blair and Emilie Hauser accepted this award on behalf of the Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project (HRSSP) and were honored in a ceremony held on April 24, in New York City.

The Sustainable Shorelines Project was nominated for the award by Scenic Hudson for its successful efforts. This is what the EPA had to say about the project:

“In light of potential climate change impacts such as sea level rise and increased storm intensity, riverfront decision makers, including property owners and public agency regulators, are making decisions about shoreline stabilization that could impact the health and future of vital near-shore habitats. Throughout 2014, utilizing tools and initiatives created in partnership with natural and social scientists, engineers, natural resource managers, communications specialists, and consensus building specialists, the Sustainable Shorelines Project staff generated and made available to policy makers, the latest in scientific information in an online database of best shoreline management options for preserving important natural functions with the Hudson River Estuary’s shore zone.”

    Councilman Donovan Richards Jr. and Judith Enck (EPA) present Betsy Blair and Emilie Hauser, of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, a 2015 EPA Environmental Quality Award for their work on shorelines in the Hudson River Estuary

Councilman Donovan Richards Jr. and Judith Enck (EPA) present Betsy Blair and Emilie Hauser, of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, a 2015 EPA Environmental Quality Award for their work on shorelines in the Hudson River Estuary

The EPA presents Environmental Quality Awards annually during Earth Week to individuals, businesses, government agencies, environmental and community-based organizations and members of the media in EPA Region 2, which covers New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally-recognized Indian Nations. The awards recognize significant contributions to improving the environment and public health in the previous calendar year.

For information about the Environmental Quality Awards in EPA Region 2, visit http://www.epa.gov/region02/eqa/

 

 

Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System

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