Garret Graves honored at 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards Ceremony

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – April 1, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 78th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Arlington, Va., at the Crystal Gateway Hyatt. This year's recipient of State/Provincial Agency award is Garret Graves.

Graves is the current chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA). The CPRA was established as the state agency leading protection, flood control, ecosystem restoration and other community efforts after Hurricane Katrina

"Garret's efforts to restructure and streamline Louisiana's coastal programs and agencies resulted in increasing project output by more than 500 percent," said DU Chief Executive Officer Dale Hall. "His organization also oversees a $17 billion coastal resiliency, hurricane protection and oil spill recovery program, which is vital to the hard-hit Louisiana coast."

Graves also serves as executive assistant to the governor for coastal activities. In this role, Graves advises the administration on policy issues related to offshore energy, fisheries, maritime and other uses of conservation and coastal resources.

"Following the Deepwater Horizon spill, President Obama appointed Garret to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force," said Bob Dew, DU regional biologist in Louisiana. "He is also the lead trustee for the Natural Resources Damage Assessment process related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster and directs the state's oil spill recovery efforts. In this capacity, Garret collaborated with BP, federal agencies and Gulf states to negotiate an unprecedented $1 billion agreement for early restoration oil spill recovery projects in the gulf." 

Graves has also served in an advisory capacity to Sen. John Breaux, Rep. Billy Tauzin and the House Energy Committee. Most recently, he was the staff director of the Climate Change and Impacts Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

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