Buzzards Bay Coalition to Honor 2013 Environmental Leaders

Buzzards Bay Coalition to Honor 2013 Environmental Leaders

The pubic is invited to the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s 26th annual meeting on Thursday, May 15, at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth.

The meeting will run from 6-8 p.m. At 6 p.m., meeting attendees will enjoy a reception with fellow members and Coalition board and staff. The formal part of the meeting, which begins at 7:00 p.m., will include a brief discussion of the organization’s 2013 accomplishments, election of board members, and a presentation of the 2014 Buzzards Bay Guardian Awards and Volunteers of the Year awards.

This year, the Coalition will be presenting 3 Guardian awards that recognize leadership in addressing nitrogen pollution, conserving land, and protecting Buzzards Bay from oil spills.

  • The Wankinquoah Rod & Gun Club in Middleborough for its vision in protecting more than 350 acres of woods, ponds, wetlands, and cranberry bogs in the Weweantic River watershed.
  • Rich Packard of the Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection for his work to reduce the likelihood and impact of oil spills in Buzzards Bay.
  • John Ross of West Falmouth for his leadership on cleaning up nitrogen pollution in West Falmouth Harbor.

The Buzzards Bay Guardian Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Buzzards Bay Coalition. Buzzards Bay Guardians must have demonstrated outstanding service in the cleanup, restoration or protection of Buzzards Bay. Their work may be as a citizen volunteer, an organization, or a public official or employee. Most importantly, a Buzzards Bay Guardian is an unsung hero or heroine who deserves public recognition, not only for what they have achieved but also for inspiring others to make a difference.

Additionally, the Coalition will honor students and teachers from Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School and Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School as Volunteers of the Year for lending their carpentry, electrical, and plumbing skills to the renovation of a visitor center at the Acushnet Sawmill.

The Sea Crest Beach Hotel is located at 350 Quaker Rd. in Falmouth. For more information and directions to the annual meeting, contact the Buzzards Bay Coalition at (508) 999-6363 or visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/events.