Dr. Clifford W. Randall, an environmental and civil engineer, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the Bay restoration effort at the annual Executive Council meeting.
EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner, chair of the council, presented Randall with the Mathias Medal, which recognizes researchers for both excellence in marine science and fundamental contributions to the overall understanding of the Chesapeake.
Browner praised Randall for his research and education efforts, singling out his contributions in the area of biological nutrient reduction for wastewater treatment plants.
BNR technology has provided a cost-effective way to achieve greater reductions in the amount of the nutrients phosphorus and nitrogen - key pollutants in the Bay - discharged from wastewater treatment plants than was previously possible.
Randall, a professor of environmental and civil engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is widely known not only as a scientist but also as an effective science administrator and educator.
On the Virginia Tech faculty since 1969, Randall has been chairman of the Environmental Sciences and Engineering Program since 1979, and since 1972 has served as the director of the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Program. Randall also chairs the Bay Program's Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, a body of experts that helps advise the multistate restoration effort on scientific issues.
The Mathias Medal has been awarded twice before. The first recipient was Donald W. Pritchard, a pioneer in tracking the Chesapeake Bay's two-tiered estuarine circulation, and the second was L. Eugene Cronin, an expert in blue crab biology and Bay ecology.
The Mathias Medal is named for Charles "Mac" Mathias, the former U.S. senator from Maryland who is often called the "father" of the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort. It is awarded jointly by the Sea Grant programs of Maryland and Virginia, and the Chesapeake Research Consortium, which includes the major research institutions on the Bay.