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Maryland Water Monitoring Council Recognizes Dr. Peter Bergstrom

Severna Park man receives 3rd annual CSW award

Linthicum Heights, Md. (December 10, 2009) – The Maryland Water Monitoring Council (MWMC) presented the annual Carl. S. Weber Award on December 3 to Dr. Peter Bergstrom of Severna Park, Md. for his vision and leadership in monitoring Maryland’s waters. MWMC chose Dr. Bergstrom for his tireless work in helping to preserve and protect the Magothy River, Anne Arundel County.

“I want to congratulate Dr. Bergstrom on his award,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Dr. Bergstrom’s stewardship to the Magothy River is a shining example of the hard work and dedication Marylanders show across the State to better our Natural Resources.”

In 1991, after a sewage spill in the Magothy, Dr Bergstrom, a fisheries biologist with NOAA, began conducting non-stop, year-round water monitoring of multiple points along the river. Dr. Bergstrom expanded the program in 2007, creating the Magothy River Association’s Creek Watchers data collection method. Since then, he has compiled data into a report card of the health of the river, which he distributes through his annual publication, Magothy River Index, at the annual State of the Magothy Meeting.

Dr. Bergstrom theorized a few years ago, that a body of water should have a name for people to connect with and be active stewards to that body of water. He then embarked on a project confirming all the names of the creeks, coves and streams in the Magothy River Watershed, and installing signs. Dr. Bergstrom also developed the Magothy River Tour.

DNR presented Dr. Bergstrom with the “Bernie Fowler Award” in 2008, recognizing his contributions to improve Bay health and habitat. HE is also a member of the Maryland Lower Western Shore Tributary Team and the Maryland BayStat Science Advisory Panel.

Established in 2006, the Carl S. Weber Award, named after the founding member of the Maryland Water Monitoring Council and founding faculty in biology at UMBC, is presented annually to an individual who exhibits the spirit, vision and leadership exemplified by Dr. Weber, especially in encouraging volunteer efforts at a high level of scientific excellence. MWMC has previously awarded Abby Markowitz and Dr. Paul Massicott in 2007 and Dr. Ron Klauda in 2008.

MWMC serves as a state-wide collaborative body to help achieve effective collection, interpretation, and dissemination of environmental data related to issues, policies and resource management involving the Maryland water monitoring community. For more information visit

   December 10, 2009

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