2004-12-10 / Community

Pres. Honors For Marsh Restorers

Left to right: Billy Garrett Gateway National Recreation Area Superintendent, City Councilman James Gennaro, Barbara Toborg, American Littoral Society, and Dan Mundy of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers.
Left to right: Billy Garrett Gateway National Recreation Area Superintendent, City Councilman James Gennaro, Barbara Toborg, American Littoral Society, and Dan Mundy of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers. A group of nearly 60 people involved in the effort to protect and restore the marshes in Jamaica Bay received presidential honors last week at a ceremony held at Floyd Bennett Field.

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.

National Park Service Director Fran P. Mainella reads the proclamation from President George W. Bush as Dave Avrin, Assistant Superintendent of Gateway’s Jamaica Bay Unit, accepts the Coastal America 2004 Team Partnership Award on behalf of all recipients.National Park Service Director Fran P. Mainella reads the proclamation from President George W. Bush as Dave Avrin, Assistant Superintendent of Gateway’s Jamaica Bay Unit, accepts the Coastal America 2004 Team Partnership Award on behalf of all recipients. 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.

eft to right: National Park Service Director Fran P. Mainella, Dave Avrin, Assistant Superintendent of Gateway’s Jamaica Bay Unit, and Virginia Tippie, Director, Coastal America. Avrin accepted the Coastal America 2004 Team Partnership Award on behalf of the National Park Service and others.eft to right: National Park Service Director Fran P. Mainella, Dave Avrin, Assistant Superintendent of Gateway’s Jamaica Bay Unit, and Virginia Tippie, Director, Coastal America. Avrin accepted the Coastal America 2004 Team Partnership Award on behalf of the National Park Service and others. 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.

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