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MDE, Petroleum Council and DNR Present 36th Annual Tawes Awards for a Clean Environment Tawes and Coulter Awards Recognize Outstanding Environmental Achievements of Individuals, Groups, and Government Employees

BALTIMORE, MD (May 16, 2013) - The Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Petroleum Council and Maryland Department of Natural Resources today presented the 36th annual Tawes Awards for a Clean Environment to Eagle Scout Nathan Hirtle of Carroll County and Anthony Thim, a resident of Washington County. Mike Frank of the Maryland Department of the Environment was honored with the eighth annual James B. Coulter Award.

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The awards are co-sponsored by MDE, the Maryland Petroleum Council and DNR to recognize youth, adults, and private and public organizations involved in the restoration and protection of Maryland’s natural resources. The Tawes award, given to both adult and youth awardees, is named in honor of J. Millard Tawes, governor of Maryland from 1959 to 1967 and first secretary of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The James B. Coulter Award, named after Maryland’s second DNR Secretary, acknowledges environmental contributions by a government employee.

Winner Information

Nathan Hirtle: Tawes Youth Award

  • As part of his Eagle Scout Leadership project, Nathan Hirtle completed an environmental restoration project in the Patapsco watershed. He led efforts to plant more than 3,000 trees near the Liberty Reservoir to benefit water quality.

  • Nathan has also participated in environment-related activities that include public outreach and teaching environmental leadership to peers. He is also an outstanding student and a participant in the Maryland Envirothon. He intends to pursue a career in environmental science.  

Anthony Thim: Tawes Adult Award

  • Anthony Thim volunteers as the Deputy Chairman of the Maryland Ad Hoc Committee on Oil. He has also chaired several regulatory review groups, spending hours of his personal time drafting standards and guidance documents and providing support and direction regarding regulations.

Mike Frank: James B. Coulter Award

  • Mike Frank has more than 19 years of service and experience in protecting Maryland's environment, including working with small businesses and residential communities to maintain compliance and cleanup of oil spills.

  • He also serves as the State's lead investigator to identify sources and responsible parties of oil spills, saving the State and Maryland taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in cleanup costs.

"We are proud to honor these environmental leaders for giving their time and talents to protect our State’s precious resources and the Chesapeake Bay. Through their actions, they not only help preserve the air, water and land that we share, but also make their communities and Maryland a better place to live."

--Horacio Tablada, Director, Land Management Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment

"It's because of the efforts of citizens like the Tawes and Coulter award winners that we are creating a healthier and more sustainable Maryland."

--Dave Goshom, Assistant Secretary of Aquatic Resources, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

"The Maryland Petroleum Council has enjoyed working with MDE and DNR for 36 years acknowledging Maryland citizens for their environmental stewardship.  All of today’s recipients deserve recognition for their outstanding contributions to protecting Maryland’s natural resources."

--Drew Cobbs, Executive Director, Maryland Petroleum Council

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Additional photos from today's event can be viewed on MDE's Flickr Page.


Samantha Kappalman

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Our mission is to protect and restore the quality of Maryland's air, water and land resources, while fostering smart growth, a thriving and sustainable economy and healthy communities.