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March 12, 2004

Contact: Elaine Makatura

Surfrider Foundation Honors NJDEP's Campbell with Keeper of the Coast Award

(04/18) Asbury Park -- Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell will be honored tonight by the Surfrider Foundation's Jersey Shore Chapter, with its annual Keeper of the Coast award in recognition of his exceptional leadership in protecting New Jersey's coastal areas.

The Foundation will present the award to Campbell at the Surfrider Foundation's mid-winter festival, Stokefest, at 9 p.m. at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. The festival begins at 6 p.m.

"I am greatly honored to receive this award from the Surfrider Foundation. For too long, the voices of surfers and other outdoor enthusiasts were overlooked when critical decisions were made about our coast. I am grateful to the Surfrider Foundation for their wisdom and advocacy in seeking reform," Campbell said.

The Keeper of the Coast award is presented annually to an exceptional leader dedicated and committed to protecting New Jersey's coastal environment. Past recipients include Congressman Frank Pallone and Cindy Zipf, Executive Director, Clean Ocean Action.

"The Surfrider Foundation selected Commissioner Campbell to receive this award because of his courageous leadership on water issues, including beach nourishment, beach access, beach replenishment and shoreline structures," said Surfrider Foundation Jersey Shore Chapter Chair John J. Weber. "He has consistently demonstrated his commitment to improving water quality on the coast and has worked hard to address the concerns of surfers."

The Surfrider Foundation, founded in 1984, is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of oceans and beaches. It includes over 37,000 members and 60 local chapters in the U.S. and has affiliates in Australia, Japan, France and Brazil.






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