ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Distinguished Service Professor Bill Harman of the SUNY Oneonta Biology Department is the recipient of the Maurice K. Goddard Award for Excellence by a Water Management Professional by the Susquehanna River Basin Committee (SRBC). Deputy Secretary for Water Management Kelly Hefner of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection presented the honor to Harman yesterday at the SRBC's quarterly meeting, held in Cooperstown.
The Goddard Award is named for Maurice K. Goddard, the former director of the Penn State University School of Forestry and first secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, an agency he helped create.
The SRBC chose Dr. Harman to receive the award for hisdedication to studying and preserving the unique ecology of Otsego Lake. Data he has collected over more than 40 years has enabled the lake to be used as an ecological reference site and has served as the basis for the Otsego Lake Watershed Management Plan.
Dr. Harman joined the SUNY Oneonta faculty in 1968 after earning his doctorate in New York limnology from Cornell University. Since 1988 he has served as director of the college's Biological Field Station in Cooperstown. In 2007 the college named him Rufus J. Thayer chair of Otsego Lake research.
The SRBC is the governing agency established by agreement between the federal government and the states of New York, Pennsylvania andMaryland to protect and wisely manage the water resources of the Susquehanna River Basin. The Susquehanna River starts in Cooperstown and flows 444 miles to Havre de Grace, Maryland, where the river meets the Chesapeake Bay.