Former Maryland Gov. Harry Hughes, considered by many to be the “father” of the Bay cleanup, recently received a lifetime achievement award from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The group also recognized Richard St. Pierre as its 2000 Conservationist of the Year, and Andrea Bowden as its 2000 Environmental Educator of the Year.
Hughes’ accomplishments as governor include leading a battle to make Maryland the first state in the region to ban phosphates in laundry detergents. He addressed land use issues by targeting the Bay’s “critical area” — the first 1,000 feet back from the tidal line. The Critical Areas Act improved land use and sought to eliminate the practices most destructive to the Bay’s health in those areas.
Hughes was also a driving force behind the original Chesapeake Bay Agreement, and implemented the striped bass catch moratorium that is credited with saving the species in the Chesapeake.
“Governor Hughes has always been a visionary and one of the Bay’s saviors,” said William Baker, CBF’s president. “Protecting and restoring the Bay was a top goal of his administration and many of his programs are global models for watershed preservation.”
Andrea Bowden is Baltimore City public schools’ supervisor for science, mathematics and health. Since the 1980s, she has led efforts to provide urban students with outdoor experiences and environmental education. She helped to achieve the adoption of CBF’s “Chesapeake Choices and Challenges” curriculum in Baltimore City schools and served on several CBF advisory panels.
“Andrea Bowden has been a staunch advocate for hands-on, environmental education for 25 years,” said Don Baugh, CBF’s vice president for education. “She speaks for the Bay in urban areas where environmental concerns are often overlooked.”
For two decades, Richard St. Pierre led efforts to protect and restore fish habitat and populations on the Susquehanna River, the Chesapeake’s largest tributary. As the Susquehanna River coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Pennsylvania, St. Pierre oversees the implementation of one of the country’s most extensive fish restoration programs, including stocking strategies and habitat issues. Complementing his work on the Susquehanna, St. Pierre is chairman of the Bay Program’s Fish Passage Workgroup.
“The strength and success of the Susquehanna River shad restoration program is a direct result of Dick’s efforts,” said Bill Goldsborough, CBF’s senior scientist. “He deserves much of the credit for establishing fish passages at the four hydropower dams in the lower river — concluding with the York Haven Dam last May — that allow fish to migrate freely up the river for the first time in more than a century.”
At an awards luncheon, CBF presented Bowden and St. Pierre with $1,000 each and bronze osprey busts by sculptor David Turner. Hughes received a bronze eagle bust, also by Turner.