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Release Date: 6/30/2000
Contact Information: For more information contact the Office of External Affairs at (214) 665-2200.

Applications for the 2001 Gulf Guardian Award, sponsored by the partnership of the Gulf of Mexico Program to recognize environmental excellence in the five Gulf Coast states, are available on line now at, or by calling (228) 688-1159 to request an application form by mail.

     The deadline for submitting an application is Oct. 2, 2000.  The winners of the 2001 competition will be announced sometime in January 2001 and awarded later in the year.

     "The Gulf Guardian Award is a great way for the Gulf of Mexico Program to recognize and honor the businesses, community groups, individuals, and agencies who are taking positive steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful, and productive," said Gulf Program Director Jim Giattina.

     In the 2000 round of awards, recognizing 1999 projects and the first year the awards were offered, there were 53 award entries from all five Gulf Coast states   Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, and Texas.  A first, second, and third place winner was awarded in each of six categories:  business, government, civic/nonprofit organizations, youth/education, partnerships, and individual.

     The Gulf of Mexico Program will fax or email an application form to you.  The FAX number is (228) 688-2709 and the email address is

     The Gulf of Mexico Program is underwritten by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is a non-regulatory, inclusive consortium of state and federal government agencies, and representatives of the business and agricultural community, fishing industry, scientists, environmentalists, and community leaders from all five Gulf Coast states.  The Gulf Program seeks to improve the environmental health of the Gulf in concert with economic development.                                

Editor's Note:  For more information, please call Terry Hines Smith at (228) 688-1159. Graphics to accompany this release are available in jpeg and gif formats and can be sent electronically, by mail, or retrieved from our web page at: