Tina Meyers, the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, recently received the American Bar Association’s Distinguished Environmental Advocates Award.
“Clean water is my passion and this award is a strong validation of my work as I continue to use our nation’s laws to fight for the health of Baltimore’s waterways and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Meyers, who is also an environmental attorney.
The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) honored twelve lawyers nationwide with its “rising star” award during the 42nd Spring Conference on March 22, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The award recognizes lawyers under the age of 36 or in practice fewer than five years for their accomplishments and contributions to the development of law, policy, and programs in the areas of energy and the environment.
“We crafted this program to emphasize the importance of recognizing individuals in our field of practice who are standing out early on by virtue of their ideas, commitment, and professionalism,” said Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, SEER chair.
Since becoming the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper in March 2012, Meyers has helped launch a major new web resource – Bacteria Monitoring Website – that tracks bacteria and alerts residents to the public health risks of water contact at 30 different locations in the Baltimore Harbor and the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River. Meyers and her staff also monitor pollution for the annual Harbor report card and manage a website tool that makes it easier for residents to report pollution.
“Her passion and legal expertise are benefitting the Baltimore Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay, along with the communities she is helping to protect and serve,” said Halle Van der Gaag, Executive Director of Blue Water Baltimore, which oversees the Harbor Waterkeeper program.