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SUNY-ESF Sol Feinstone Environmental Awards logo1977 Feinstone Environmental Awards

1977 Awards Recipients

Barbara BlumBarbara Blum
The protection of Georgia's Chattahoochee River has been the primary focus of BARBARA BLUM's activities. She first alerted environmentalists and public officials to the dangers of the loss in water quality and recreational value of this river which serves as Atlanta's main water supply. Under her leadership and guidance an effective lobby was formed. This effort resulted in the passage of the first land use legislation in Georgia, the Metropolitan River Protection Act. The bill governed development in the 48-mile river corridor, upgraded sewer construction methods and provided for additional parklands. This year, legislation has been proposed in both houses of Congress to establish the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area to further protect and enhance this urban river. Mrs. Blum's support of Jimmy Carter's environmental program led to her appointment as Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. In this past year she also was elected as President of Save America's Vital Environment (SAVE) and was appointed chairperson of the Georgia Trust and Heritage Commission by Georgia's Governor George Busbee.

Marjorie Harris CarrMarjorie Harris Carr
A biologist by profession, MARJORIE HARRIS CARR has been a leader in the effort to save the Okiawaha River from ruination by the proposed construction of the Cross Florida Barge Canal. As co-founder and president of Florida Defenders of the Environment (FDE), Mrs. Carr has enlisted the aid of concerned specialists to compile detailed factual evidence demonstrating the negative impact of the canal on the environment. These efforts resulted in the issuance of a temporary injunction against further work by a Federal Court in Washington, D.C. This injunction was sustained. Through her leadership, FDE has expanded its activities. Their areas of concern now include rare and endangered plants and animals in Florida, land use and growth problems and the study of Florida's endangered lands. Last year Carr was designated a Florida Patriot by Governor Reubin Askew.

Beula EdmistonBeula Edmiston
Through her persistent efforts, BEULA EDMISTON is almost single‑handedly responsible for saving the Tule elk from extinction. As a founder and unpaid executive secretary of the Committee for the Preservation of the Tule Elk, she has fought for almost 15 years in order to create management areas and to establish practices to save this endangered species. Mrs. Edmiston's activities are not confined solely to championing the plight of the Tule elk. In 1972, construction plans threatened the restricted habitat of the long-toed salamander, but she led the successful fight to halt the bulldozers. Armed with extensive research, she took the same course of action to protect the desert pup fish from extinction and to keep the desert bighorn sheep on the fully protected list. The protection of the fragile desert environment has also received her attention. She was a key figure in protecting Big Tujunga Wash, a portion of Los Angeles desert, from further development. She is active in the Desert Protective Council where she focuses on developing practical restrictions for off‑road vehicles.

Ralph F. MadisonRalf F. Madison
As president of the Kentucky Audubon Council, RALPH F. MADISON has been at the forefront in the fight to save the Red River Gorge in the eastern part of the state. His leadership stimulated a litigation effort and massive publicity campaign which resulted in a public outcry against the proposed construction of the Red River Dam. These efforts led to Governor Julian M. Carroll's formal announcement of opposition to the project. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers withdrew support from the program. In his retirement, Mr. Madison leads a constant battle for clean air and water. He currently is coordinating citizen efforts in opposition to the construction of the Marble Hill Nuclear Plant on the Ohio river 25 miles northeast of Louisville.

William and Jean SiriWilliam and Jean Siri
WILLIAM and JEAN SIRI are the first husband and wife team to win a Feinstone Award. Jean Siri has battled for corrective legislation in the areas of air pollution, land use, and solid waste treatment. As one of the first members of the Save the Bay Association, she has worked to preserve the San Francisco Bay from unnecessary filling and to provide more access to its shores. As a state leader in the area of solid waste, Mrs. Siri has campaigned to prevent further encroachment by refuse dumps into the Bay. This year she has been appointed as a Public Member to the Bay Area Solid Waste Management Program and to the Solid Waste Advisory Committee and Air Quality Committee. For more than 20 years William E. Siri has been involved in the formulation and negotiation of responses and resolutions to some of the most difficult environmental problems. As a member of numerous committees and organizations, he has been active in such projects as the implementation of the Wilderness Act; the Redwood National Park campaign; the preservation of San Francisco Bay; and in national and state energy policy decisions. This past year he was appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to the National Research Council Panel on Energy Shortage.

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