3/3/2015: Bay Advocates to be Honored by the Bay Institute

The Bay Institute Honors Four Individuals for Ongoing Efforts to Save San Francisco Bay and its Watershed

SAUSALITO, CA – March 3, 2015 – As a leader in ecosystem protection and restoration for San Francisco Bay and its watershed, The Bay Institute is proud to continue its decades-long tradition of honoring remarkable individuals who defend the Bay and educate the public about threats to its health.  On Tuesday, March 10, The Bay Institute’s Annual Awards Ceremony will recognize the achievements of long-time environmental champion Congressman George Miller, water expert Dr. Peter Gleick, and CNN reporter John Sutter. This year, The Bay Institute will also present a lifetime achievement award to fisheries expert Zeke Grader.

Carla Bard Education Award: Dr. Peter Gleick
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. Dr. Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute will receive the Bay Education Award this year, joining an impressive group of recipients for this honor.

Dr. Gleick is the head of the Pacific Institute, and has won an international reputation for his work on water use and water management. Dr. Gleick’s work has redefined water from the realm of engineers to the world of social justice, sustainability, human rights, and integrated thinking. His influence on the field of water has been long and deep: he developed the first analysis of climate change impacts on water resources, the earliest comprehensive work on water and conflict, and defined basic human needs for water and the human right to water–work that has been used by the UN and in human rights court cases. He pioneered the concept of the “soft path for water,” developed the idea of “peak water,” and has written about the need for a “local water movement.”

Harold Gilliam Award: John Sutter

Since 1999, the Harold Gilliam Award 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 John Sutter, columnist for CNN Opinion and founder of CNN’s Change the List Project.

Honored with several awards for journalism, public service, and investigative reporting, Sutter is now being awarded with the Harold Gilliam Award for writing about his journey down the San Joaquin River. For three weeks, Sutter made a 417-mile journey by foot and kayak from the source of the San Joaquin River to the Golden Gate. Using Twitter and Instagram to document his journey and introduce us to the dozens of people he met along the way, Sutter described why the San Joaquin has been named “America’s Most Endangered River” and why we should care. He followed up the blog series with a comprehensive article about his journey and the plight of the river.

Bay Hero Award: Congressman George Miller

Created in 2011, the Bay Hero Award honors individuals whose actions and efforts have led to increased protection of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. This year, the Bay Hero Award will be presented to longtime Bay-Delta advocate, Congressman George Miller.

During his 40 years in the U.S. Congress, Congressman Miller has been a staunch defender of the endangered species and habitats of the Delta and the Bay, and a leader in the fight to reform federal water policy. He helped shed light and force needed changes on many water and other environmental issues, including his work to sponsor and pass the historic Central Valley Project Improvement Act, and his investigations into the Exxon Valdez oil spill. In November of 2014, a segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail was dedicated to Congressman Miller for his years of steadfast leadership and his exceptional contributions to the San Francisco Bay Area. He retired from Congress in 2015.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Zeke Grader

Offered only as the occasion arises, this award honors those who have dedicated their lives to improving the health of our watershed, and to ensuring its future well-being. This year, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Executive Director of the Institute for Fisheries Resources, Zeke Grader.
Zeke Grader has been the recipient of numerous commendations and awards, including the 1998 U.S. Department of Commerce Environmental Hero Award. Mr. Grader’s tenacious leadership and drive to ensure sustainable fisheries for all Californians have resulted in countless actions to rebuild depleted fish stocks, and restore fish habitats. His many achievements have increased awareness among millions of people in the Bay Area, Sacramento, Washington D.C., and beyond of the importance of our fishing communities, and the critical links between these highly valued industries and California’s water management actions.

About The Bay Institute:
The Bay Institute is a leader in protecting and restoring San Francisco Bay and the vast watershed that drains into it. For over 30 years, The Bay Institute has been developing and leading model scientific research, education, and advocacy programs to preserve the fish, wildlife, and habitats of the Bay, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the rivers and streams that feed into the estuary, and the nearshore coastal and ocean waters at its downstream end.
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