June 2017: Gulf of Maine Council Awards

You have already seen the short piece of the Gulf of Maine Council Awards for 2017 for the Town of Exeter, NH and Sally Soule, Coastal Watershed Supervisor at NHDES, however the full awards were announced last evening at the awards ceremony, and we at PREP would like to take this time to recognize the winners in our region. CLICK HERE for a full list of the 2017 Gulf of Maine Council award winners.

Susan Snow-Cotter Leadership Award: Cliff Sinnott, New Hampshire

Congratulations to Cliff Sinnott for his efforts over the last decade prioritizing acquisition of grant funds and orienting the Rockingham Planning Commission’s programming to support regional efforts to raise awareness to develop technical tools and guidance about coastal flooding issues in New Hampshire. Under Cliff’s leadership, RPC developed the first eye-opening maps identifying areas at risk of future sea-level rise and recommended adaptation strategies for the Town of Seabrook, NH in 2009. Since then, RPC has continued to participate as a founding member of the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup and has completed several additional municipal and regional scale vulnerability assessments of sea-level rise and storm-related flooding impacts to NH’s coastal communities.
Longard Award: Mike and Terry Stockdale,  New Hampshire

Congratulations to Mike and Terry Stockdale who are being recognized with a Longard Award for their contributions as ‘super volunteers’ who have consistently contributed their time and talents toward protecting and restoring natural resources in the Gulf of Maine. Mike and Terry have been members of NH Sea Grant / UNH Cooperative Extension’s Coastal research Volunteer program since its inception. Volunteering across many projects, including eel monitoring, oyster restoration, horseshoe crab surveys, sand dune restoration, and beach profiling.


Sustainable Industry Awards: New Hampshire Community Seafood
Congratulations to New Hampshire Community Seafood for their multi-stakeholder cooperative established in 2013, and including 15 fishermen and 215 consumers who work together to harvest, process, and deliver locally caught seafood to nearby communities. The benefits of this program are ecological, economical, and emotional. Fish are purchased at the docks for higher prices than are realized through traditional markets allowing local buying power to stay local. Through this innovative approach, New Hampshire Community Seafood is making strides toward a system that supports both fishermen and fish.

Sustainable Communities Award: Town of Exeter, NH
Congratulations to the Town of Exeter for being a recipient of the Gulf of Maine   Council 2017 Sustainable Communities Award for their outstanding efforts to protect water quality in the Great Bay watershed. In particular Exeter is being recognized for Town leadership and proactive environmental protection efforts led by the Healthy Lawns, Clean Water initiative. Back in 2015 the Town of Exeter was one of 11 communities in our watershed granted an award through our PREPA grants program. The Healthy Lawns, Clean Water initiative engaged communities across the Great Bay watershed in education programs and demonstrations to promote sustainable lawn care, and passed a fertilizer ordinance for the town.

Environment Visionary Award: Wendy Lull, New Hampshire
Congratulations to Wendy Lull, former President of the Seacoast Science Center, for her dedication to ocean education, and for transforming a seasonal visitor center into a $1.5 million year-round science center that draws more than 80,000 people a year, including 25,000 school children. During her 25-ear tenure as President, the Center has raised more than $3.2 million for capital improvements including the $1.1 million Gregg Interactive Learning Studio. As a female leader in the ocean science filed, Wendy has served as a powerful inspiration and mentor for many.

Environment Visionary Award: Sally Soule, New Hampshire
Congratulations to Sally Soule, Coastal Watershed Supervisor at the NH Department of Environmental Services for her vision over the past three years on restoring NH’s Great Bay Estuary. She is recognized for her work with James Houle from the UNH Stormwater Center on the Pollution Tracking and Accounting Pilot Project (PTAPP) which brings together Great Bay municipalities, consultants, state and federal agencies, regional planning commissions, watershed planning groups, regulators, and others to discuss a coordinated and collaborative effort to address stormwater management.

PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.