4/6/2023 – This Earth Day was an extra-special one for Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River. The Navy base’s Environment Division will be honored by St. Mary’s County with a Sustainability Award for a shoreline restoration project to stop soil erosion and rebuild natural habitat areas on the Patuxent River. The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and the St. Mary’s County Commission on the Environment have been jointly issuing the Sustainability Awards annually since 2020. They recognize local individuals or organizations for “environmental stewardship, resource conservation, innovative best practices, and pollution prevention efforts,” according to a county government news release. The NAS Patuxent River Environment Division is one of two winners this year—the Southern Maryland Sierra Club is the other. This is the first time the award has gone out to a military installation, said Molly Boron, a commission member, adding that protecting the marine ecosystem benefits civilians and military personnel alike. “A lot of our economic development and economy is based on sea life, on seafood, boating and recreation on the water,” she said. “When you have healthy ecosystems, it’s great for the entire community.” The Navy base’s Environment Division will accept the award in a ceremony on April […]
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