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DATE: August 9, 2019
CONTACT: Steven Couture, NHDES Coastal Program Administrator, (603) 848-2489

NH Winners Recognized at Gulf of Maine Council's 2019 International Award Ceremony

Portsmouth, NH – Two New Hampshire award winners, including a NHDES employee, were among the individuals and organizations honored by the Gulf of Maine Council at an international ceremony held this summer in Nova Scotia for making a significant difference in protecting the health and sustainability of the Gulf of Maine watershed. Recipients from New Hampshire include Kevin Lucey, NHDES Coastal Program Restoration Coordinator, and Abigail Lyon, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership.

The Council, a U.S.-Canadian partnership dedicated to protecting environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine, annually recognizes extraordinary work in its five jurisdictions, which include the states of New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts as well as the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

"It is rewarding to have these individuals recognized for their efforts that benefit New Hampshire's coast and ultimately the Gulf of Maine. Each of their contributions were invaluable to the state's efforts to sustain the natural resources and the economy of our coast," said Steven Couture, NHDES Coastal Program Administrator and a council working group member.

Visionary Awards
The Gulf of Maine Visionary Awards are given to two individuals or organizations within each state and province to recognize their innovation, creativity and commitment to marine protection.

NHDES Coastal Program Restoration Coordinator Kevin Lucey was recognized for his exemplary work and leadership on the region's most significant restoration efforts, including the Resilient Tidal Crossings Project as well as multiple dam removal projects. Kevin recently led an on-the-ground effort to assess every tidal crossing in the state, which resulted in new mapping products and data that characterize tidal crossings for community and ecosystem resilience. This information can be used by community officials and road managers to enact strategic repair/replacement of tidal crossing infrastructure and to identify high priority restoration and conservation opportunities at tidal crossings sites.

Abigail Lyon was recognized for her outstanding commitment to improving the environmental state of affairs in the Gulf of Maine. In her current position as the Community Technical Assistance Program Manager for the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, she is the energy behind shoreline cleanups, the Trash Free Piscataqua Project and the Municipal Board Empowerment Series. She also participates in the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup.

Additional information about the Gulf of Maine Council 2019 awards with detailed recipient bios is available at: Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

About the Gulf of Maine Council
The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment was established in 1989 by the Governments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts to foster cooperative actions within the Gulf watershed. The Council's mission is to maintain and enhance environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine to allow for sustainable resource use by existing and future generations. For more information, please go to



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