Our Bay: Griffin, Bowen honored by Bay Trust

The Capital Gazette, February 9, 2013

ANNAPOLIS — The Chesapeake Bay Trust honored two government leaders for their work on restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

John R. Griffin, the state’s secretary of natural resources, was given the organizations Dr. Torrey Brown Award.

Named for a previous natural resources secretary who helped found the trust, the award honor’s Griffin’s work in government. Griffin, who lives in Annapolis, on his second stint as state natural resources secretary.

The trust also honored Ron Bowen, director of the county’s Department of Public Works, with the Ellen Fraites Wagner Award.

Bowen was selected for his efforts to reduce stormwater pollution in the county, including co-founding the Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy.

The Fraites award is named in honor of a former assistant to former Gov. Harry Hughes.

Griffin and Bowen were honored along with several others during a reception in Annapolis.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit that funds on-the-ground restoration and education projects with money from the “Treasure the Chesapeake” license plates, tax return checkoffs and other donations.

(Revised February 2013)