Buzzards Bay Coalition to Honor 2015 Environmental “Guardians”

Buzzards Bay Coalition to Honor 2013 Environmental Leaders

The Buzzards Bay Coalition will present its 2015 Buzzards Bay Guardian Awards and Volunteers of the Year awards at the organizations annual meeting on May 27 in Mattapoisett, MA.

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.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Paul Niedzwiecki, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission, for his outstanding leadership in producing the Cape Cod 208 Water Quality Plan which charts a path for addressing the Cape’s nitrogen pollution crisis.
  • Jennifer Howard, Director of Land Protection at Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation, whose leadership on behalf of the Commonwealth supported the completion of the Nasketucket Bay Land Conservation Project which helped double the size of the Nasketucket Bay State Reservation.
  • Seth Scofield & Pierce Cray, Massachusetts’ Assistant Attorneys General, for a decade of excellent defense of the Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act.
  • Joe Costa, Executive Director of the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, for a lifetime of outstanding service to the health of the Bay, including starting the Baywatchers water-quality monitoring program.