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National Award Program Recognizes Individuals, Groups Protecting Environment

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration presented its Environmental Hero Award to nine individuals and one organization this year. Given in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations, the award honors NOAA volunteers for their “tireless efforts to preserve and protect our environment.” Established in 1995, the Environmental Hero award is presented to individuals and organizations that volunteer their time and energy to help NOAA carry out its mission. “NOAA and the nation are fortunate to have such dedicated people volunteer so much of their time,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “Environmental heroes like these set an inspiring example for others to follow in their communities.”
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NOAA RESEARCH VESSEL RECEIVES AWARD FOR VEGETARIAN DIET — A NOAA research vessel powered by soybeans, the first modern U.S. research vessel to operate free of petroleum products, was given an award by the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program during an Earth Day Week event on the shores of Lake Michigan. “NOAA has a commitment to stewardship of the environment, and this research vessel, the R/V Huron Explorer, demonstrates that commitment in very practical ways.
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NOAA HELPS OCEAN RACERS AVOID RIGHT WHALES — Every four years the world’s oceans, including the Atlantic, play host to the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race. This year’s competition began in November 2005 and ends June 2006, and covers more than 28,000 miles of open oceans and 10 ports of call, including Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland, and New York City.

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SOME EAST COAST STATES HAVE DRIEST MARCH EVER, SEVERE DROUGHT CONTINUES IN SOUTHWEST, SOUTHERN PLAINS, RECORD RAINFALL IN HAWAII — It was the driest March on record for five East Coast states and the wettest month in parts of the Hawaiian Islands, according to scientists at the NOAA National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. March 2006 also was warmer than usual, with an average temperature of 44.0 degrees F, or 1.5 degrees above the 1895-2005 statistical mean.
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