2/27/2014: Three Bay Advocates to be Honored by The Bay Institute

The Bay Institute Honors Three Individuals for Ongoing Efforts to Save
San Francisco Bay and its Watershed
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – FEBRUARY 27, 2014 - On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, The Bay Institute will hold its annual Awards Ceremony honoring three remarkable individuals for their outstanding achievements and dedicated work serving San Francisco Bay and its watershed. As a leader in protecting and restoring the entire San Francisco Bay-Delta watershed, which extends more than 500 miles from Mt. Shasta down past Bakersfield, The Bay Institute has recognized members within the community that have continually shown support for and made significant contributions to the San Francisco Bay and its watershed since 1992. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception in the lobby of the Bay Theater at Aquarium of the Bay before the awards ceremony commences inside the theater at 7 p.m.
Carla Bard Bay Education Award: Robin Grossinger
The Bay Institute created the Bay Education Award in 1992 to honor those who have significantly increased the public’s understanding of and concern for the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. Robin Grossinger of the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) will receive the Bay Education Award this year, joining an impressive group of recipients for this honor.
Robin is a Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute where he directs the Resilient Landscapes program. For over twenty years, Robin and his colleagues have analyzed how San Francisco Bay and other California landscapes have changed since European contact, using this data to highlight opportunities and guide landscape-scale restoration strategies. This innovative work to synthesize history and science has been acclaimed for helping scientists, managers, and the public appreciate both the dramatic transformation and the impressive resilience of the state’s ecosystems.
Harold Gilliam Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting: Lauren Sommer
Since 1999, the Harold Gilliam Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting has recognized knowledgeable and skilled reporting on complex environmental issues affecting the Bay-Delta Estuary and its tributary waterways. This year, this honor will be received by Lauren Sommer, a radio and multimedia journalist specializing in environment, science and energy.
Currently, Lauren reports for QUEST – KQED’s multi-platform science and environmental series. As part of the QUEST team, Lauren has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, hunted for newts in the rain, and desperately tried to get her sea legs – all in the pursuit of good radio. Lauren has authored a number of well-researched pieces about California water and the Bay-Delta ecosystem. Some of her most recent work includes a perceptive look at California’s recent water drought, as well as gripping insights to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta restoration project.
Bay Heroes Award: Ed Ueber
Created in 2011, the Bay Heroes Award honors individuals whose efforts have led to increased protection of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. This year, the Bay Heroes Award will be presented to longtime ocean and fisheries advocate, Ed Ueber.
Ed’s passion for the ocean and its wildlife can be traced back to his teenage years, when he worked as a fisherman and seafood merchant. Since then, Ed’s long list of accomplishments includes, but is not limited to, piloting Navy submarine ships, earning his Master’s degree in Resource Economics and Fisheries, consulting for the government of Brazil on fisheries management, and serving with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for more than 25 years. Until recently, Ed was the longtime manager of the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries, where major accomplishments include creation of the first Marine Sanctuary Beach Watch Program, the SEALS harbor seal protection and education program, and successfully fighting a plan to indirectly dump wastewater into the Gulf of the Farallones. In addition, Ed instituted an intertidal monitoring program, a new ecosystem oceanographic evaluating system, and deep-sea studies. He was also one of eight senior scientists on the Master Planning Team of the California Marine Life Protection Act.
To celebrate this year’s award recipients, working press are invited to join The Bay Institute for its annual Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 6 pm. Please RSVP to Mallory Johnson at mallory@bay.org.
About The Bay Institute:
The Bay Institute is the leader in protecting and restoring the entire watershed which drains into San Francisco Bay. For over 30 years, The Bay Institute has been developing and leading model scientific research, education, and advocacy programs to preserve the local watershed, which includes the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and their tributaries; Suisun Marsh, San Pablo Bay and San Francisco Bay. Additional information on The Bay Institute is available at www.bay.org.

Mallory Johnson | Public Relations Manager | mallory@bay.org | 415.623.5340