The National Wildlife Federation’s Great Marsh Resiliency Partnership (GMRP) received the 2017 EPA Environmental Merit Award at a ceremony at Faneuil Hall On May 3. The GMRP is a subset of the Great Marsh Coalition and the Parker Ipswich Essex (PIE) Rivers Restoration Partnership which is convened by The Ipswich River Watershed Association. The GMRP came together in 2014 under the leadership of the National Wildlife Federation and received a $2.9 million dollar grant from the federal Hurricane Sandy Grant Program to increase the resiliency of the Great Marsh and its watershed. “The Merit awards are one of the most prestigious environmental awards and I am so happy to be part of this incredible group working so hard to restore and protect the health of our region’s environment” says Executive Director Wayne Castonguay.
(from left) Nancy Pau, US Fish & Wildlife Service; Alyssa Novak, Boston University, Wayne Castonguay, Ipswich River Watershed Association; Peter Phippen, Massachusetts Bays Program; Christopher Hilke, National Wildlife Federation; Julia Kneisel, Mass Coastal Zone Management; Greg Moore, University of New Hampshire; Darryl Forgione, Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation; Ken Moraff, Acting Deputy Regional Administrator US Environmental Protection Agency.