Pres. Honors For Marsh Restorers
National Park Service Director Fran P. Mainella presented the 2004 Coastal America Partnership award, on behalf of President George W. Bush, to the long list of recipients for their contributions to the restoration effort at Big Egg Marsh.
Jamaica Bay Guardian, Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers founding member, Dan Mundy, and Eugenia Flatow of the Jamaica Bay Task Force, were each honored for their specific contributions. Riepe, for example, stored spartina plants on his dock and transported them to the marsh for planting. He also helped bring volunteers to the site.
The National Parks Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Parks and Recreation, other agencies, and educators were also honored for their contributions.
New York City Councilman James Gennaro and Gateway Superintendent Billy Garrett were also on hand to honor the awardees.
The Coastal America Partnership was established in 1992 to protect, preserve, and restore the nation’s coastal watersheds by melding the capabilities and expertise of partners – federal, state, and local government as well as non-government – to help solve problems.