Press Release


The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and Maryland Petroleum Council will announce winners of the 2009 Tawes Award for a Clean Environment and the second annual James B. Coulter Award. This year's awardees are from Frederick, Montgomery, and Dorchester Counties.

The awards are co-sponsored by MDE and the Council to recognize youth, adults, 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 the late Governor J. Millard Tawes, 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.


  • MDE Secretary Shari T. Wilson
  • Maryland Petroleum Council Executive Director Drew Cobbs
  • Award Winners


Wednesday May, 13 at 11:30 a.m.


Blue Heron Center at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis
Please inform the entrance gate attendant that you are attending the Tawes Award luncheon and you will not be charged admission to the park.

Directions to Quiet Water Park and a Map of the Park can be found at