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SLSDC Deputy Administrator Middlebrook Recognized by EPA

SLSDC Deputy Administrator Middlebrook Recognized by EPA

Receives "Partner of the Office of Water" Award for 2012

At DOT’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), we are hard at work strengthening America’s marine transportation system to meet our economic and security needs while ensuring that our waterways are environmentally sustainable.

That’s why it gives me great pleasure to share the news that, earlier this week, Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrook was awarded the “Partner of the Office of Water Award” for 2012 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for his outstanding leadership supporting environmental protection in the Great Lakes region.

Photo of Deputy Administrator MIddlebrook receiving the EPA award
Andrew Sawyers, EPA Office of Wastewater Management; Acting Assistant EPA Administrator Nancy Stoner; Deputy Administrator Middlebrook; Administrator Sutton; and Deputy Assistant EPA Administrator Michael Shapiro.

Deputy Administrator Middlebrook has assisted EPA’s ballast water efforts to protect the Great Lakes region, supported state ballast water management efforts, and led the development of partnerships to ensure that vessels entering the Great Lakes comply with all ballast water management requirements.  Thanks in part to his efforts, there has been a substantial decrease in the numbers of invasive species detected in the region, with no new invaders documented in the last six years.

In addition, Deputy Administrator Middlebrook led the formation of the Ballast Water Collaborative to facilitate communication and collaboration between industry and state and federal regulators.

Photo depicting birds-eye view of Seaway lock

The discharge of ballast water carried by marine vessels is one of the ways aquatic invasive species can be spread internationally.  These invasive species cost billions of dollars in environmental and other damages in the U.S. every year.  The EPA, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, regulates ballast water discharges to protect our water and infrastructure by reducing the likelihood of new invasions.

And Deputy Administrator Middlebrook has been a key ally in their efforts.

In the past, he has earned such prestigious awards as the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service by President Barack Obama, and Silver and Gold medals within the Department of Transportation.  His work on ballast water has been impressive, and he deserves a great deal of credit for helping the EPA overcome some of the larger hurdles the agency has faced in implementing its ballast water management program.

Congratulations, Craig, on this prestigious honor.

Betty Sutton is Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

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