Waldoboro fisherman receives award for contributing to research, VillageSoup reports

VillageSoup reported Waldoboro fisherman Glen Melvin and the Medomak River Task Force recently received a Sen. George J. Mitchell award for “outstanding contribution by an external partner to sustainability research.” The award was given to acknowledge Melvin for his help with the drifter project led by UMaine graduate student Gabby Hillyer, who is pursuing a dual master’s degree in oceanography and marine policy. The project uses “bucket drifters” packed with scientific instruments that take the measure of the tides — research aimed at better understanding the dynamics of the Medomak River estuary’s ability to flush out harmful bacteria that, in the wake of rainstorms of more than an inch, close clam flats for a mandatory nine-day period, according to the article. The task force is made up of a group of people and agencies determined to clean up Medomak River, the article states. “It’s been a privilege to work with them, and being able to accept this award that recognizes the work of this project is an honor,” Melvin said.