Sea Grant’s Penney honored for excellence


An employee of New York Sea Grant headquartered at SUNY Oswego has received an award for excellence.

Mary Penney, Sea Grant Coastal Community Development Specialist, received the 2014 Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Mid-Career Award. 

The award was presented at the 2014 Great Lakes Sea Grant Network conference June 17 in Erie, PA.

 ‘In just eight years of service with New York Sea Grant, Mary Penney has applied a community-driven needs assessment approach to identify and respond to the priority issues of decision-makers in the Eastern Lake Ontario region and its inland water areas including the Salmon River,’ says New York Sea Grant Associate Director Katherine Bunting-Howarth, based at Cornell University, Ithaca.

 As New York Sea Grant Coastal Community Development Specialist, Penney assists local leaders interested in land use planning, watershed protection, managing climate impact, coastal business retention and development, and developing stewardship volunteerism. 

She often facilitates multi-interest stakeholder communication forums to promote sustainable coastal community development.

 Penney has developed science-based fact sheets and packaged traveling education trunks for use by school districts throughout the Eastern Lake Ontario region.

Penney has trained young professionals to be stewards for the Lake Ontario Dunes–Salmon River system, and as watercraft inspection stewards educating the public in seven Central New York counties about how boaters can help slow the spread of aquatic invasive species in New York’s recreational waters. 

She is currently completing development of the New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook.

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