Gulf Guardian awards efforts to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive

We are excited to announce the Gulf of Mexico Alliance has received recognition for its role as a key partner in two projects at the recent 2022 Gulf Guardian Awards ceremony hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Division. Both awards were in the partnership category.

The Resilience to Future Flooding project received the second-place award. This project funded five Gulf Coast communities to address local flooding issues. It also created videos that explain sea-level rise science for the general public and highlight resilience success stories from around the region. This award recognizes the partnership between PLACE:SLR, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, University of Florida IFAS Extension, NOAA, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Mississippi State University, and Louisiana Sea Grant in developing and managing this project.

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s Science Communication Manager Christina Mohrman was a member of the project team receiving the award. She said, “working with multiple partners to improve the health and resilience of the Gulf of Mexico is at the core of the Alliance’s mission. As part of the project team, we honored to receive this recognition.”

The Gulf of Mexico Seagrass Community of Practice received the third-place award, recognizing work to identify information needs, share resources, and implement best practices related to seagrass monitoring, conservation, and restoration. The Alliance and other partners have supported this effort over the last five years. Lawrence Handley and Catherine Lockwood, co-leads for the Community of Practice, accepted the award.

“The Gulf of Mexico is a vulnerable ecosystem that requires innovative approaches and proactive measures to protect this national resource. Over the past two years, the Gulf Guardian award winners have continued to think ‘outside of the box’ during challenging circumstances due to COVID-19. These Gulf Guardian Awards are an important way to recognize the valuable efforts of all their hard work to protect the environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico,” said Marc Wyatt, director, Gulf of Mexico Division.

The EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Division developed the Gulf Guardian Awards in 2000 to recognize and honor the businesses, community groups, individuals and agencies that are taking positive steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive.



Gulf Guardian 3rd place partnership award winners

From left: LaKeshia Robertson (EPA Gulf of Mexico Division), Lawrence Handley (Gulf of Mexico Seagrass Community of Practice co-lead), Catherine Lockwood (Gulf of Mexico Seagrass Community of Practice co-lead), and Marc Wyatt (EPA Gulf of Mexico Division).

photo of gulf guardian winners

From left: Marc Wyatt (EPA Gulf of Mexico Division), Melissa Daigle (Louisiana Sea Grant), Carrie Stevenson (University of Florida IFAS Extension), Marian Hanisko (NOAA), Christina Mohrman (Gulf of Mexico Alliance), Stephen Deal (Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant), Renee Collini (PLACE:SLR), LaKeshia Robertson (EPA Gulf of Mexico Division).