Presented by the Tom Ridge Environmental Center Foundation at Sunset Celebration Event

(ERIE, PA) – This evening, the Pennsylvania Sea Grant College Program will receive the John C. Oliver III Environmental Leadership Award, presented by the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) Foundation.

Named for John C. Oliver III, the first Secretary of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the first Board Chair of the Friends of TREC, and a lifelong environmental leader, the award recognizes significant environmental leadership in the Erie, PA region.

“Together, with our partners at TREC, DCNR, and other regional programs, our efforts help community leaders make better decisions for healthier waters, communities and the environment,” said Sarah Whitney, Pennsylvania Sea Grant Director. “On behalf of the staff and advisory board, I would like to thank the TREC Foundation Board for this award and recognition.”

For twenty years, Pennsylvania Sea Grant has been working in the Lake Erie and Susquehanna and Delaware River watersheds to help ensure healthy communities, vibrant economies, and a diverse and sustainable environment. The Pennsylvania program is one of thirty-three national Sea Grant programs, which promote the ecological and economic sustainability of our nation’s coastal and watershed resources through science-based extension, education, and research.

“Pennsylvania Sea Grant supports science-based research to expand our understanding of aquatic ecosystems, coastlines, and watersheds, all identified as priority concerns for the Commonwealth,” said Sean Rafferty, Research Director for Pennsylvania Sea Grant. “Through our research and outreach programs, PA Sea Grant offers solution-based results that contribute to enhanced water quality and the local communities.”

Through the years, Pennsylvania Sea Grant has worked to improve Presque Isle Bay, conserve ecologically sensitive lands, restore degraded streams and increase access to fisheries, develop response and management plans for aquatic invasive species, better understand harmful algal blooms, provide hands-on education for teachers and students, and much more.

PA Sea Grant staff, many of whom work at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, collaborate with a variety of regional and national partners on issues like coastal erosion, impacts of a changing climate, the economic value of PA Lake Erie’s sport fishery, plastic and microplastic pollution, and environmental threats to drinking water and the potential negative impacts to human health.

The effort is a collaboration between NOAA, Penn State University, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 
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