Waldoboro fisherman Glen Melvin and the Medomak Project Taskforce received the Sen. George J. Mitchell award for "outstanding contribution by an external partner to sustainability research" Dec. 11.

This award was given to acknowledge Melvin for his help with the drifter project led by UMO student Gabby Hillyer.

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.

The Medomak Project Taskforce is made up of a group of people and agencies determined to clean up the Medomak River.

"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.