2012-05-04 / Community

Ecowatchers Receive Prestigious EPA Award

Mundy (center) accepts the award on behalf of the Ecowatchers. Mundy (center) accepts the award on behalf of the Ecowatchers. The Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers (JBEW) received a very prestigious 2012 National Environmental Quality Award from the Environmental Protection Agency at a reception on April 27, held at EPA headquarters in Manhattan.

Each year in April, the EPA honors a select number of individuals and organizations in all of its regions nationally. The nominating categories are non-profit organizations, environmental or community groups, business and industry, environmental education, media, and federal, state, local or tribal government or agency – for their efforts to improve the environment.

New York’s 9th Congressional District falls into EPA Region 2 which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The JBEW were nominated by Congressman Bob Turner in February citing their tireless efforts “to protect the quality and integrity of our environment.”

This year marks the first time in ten years that a community group from the 9th Congressional District has won this prestigious award.

According to the EPA, to be selected for the award the group or individual must significantly contribute to improving environmental quality during the prior year. They must also demonstrate a high level in the award category, create unique or location-specific benefits, and produce results that are sustainable or reproducible, or increase public involvement in environmental action.

The JBEW was founded by its president, Dan Mundy, in 1998 with a mission to preserve, protect, enhance and restore the 25,000 acres encompassing Jamaica Bay, the largest open natural space in New York City.

In accepting the award Dan Mundy thanked Congressman Turner “for the outstanding job in reaching out to the community and environmental groups around the bay to try and find out the needs of the bay and what he can do to help.”

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