Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lifetime Network to Honor Casi Callaway

By Press-Register staff
June 08, 2010, 10:38am

Lifetime Television Network will honor Casi Callaway, executive director of Mobile Baykeeper, in the "Lifetime Celebrates Remarkable Women" series on Friday. Part of Lifetime's "Every Woman Counts" campaign, the series spotlights women who inspire and empower others to make a difference in their communities and the world, network leaders said.

Callaway was selected based on her leadership on the frontlines of the BP oil crisis, a Lifetime spokesman said in a news release.

"I'm honored that Lifetime chose me for its series on 'Remarkable Women,'" said Callaway. "This honor belongs as much to the inspiring people with whom I work every day as it does to me. The staff at Mobile Baykeeper, and all the folks that stepped forward to help respond to the BP oil disaster, are shining examples to our country of what team work, commitment and good, old-fashioned determination and hope can do for a community in crisis."

Callaway is a board member of the international organization Waterkeeper Alliance. As executive director of Mobile Baykeeper, Callaway is responsible for coordinating public education, community organizing, research and fundraising.

Mobile Baykeeper has more than 4,000 members and deals with issues such as sewage, air toxics, mercury exposure, permit violations, industrial growth and other public health protection issues. Callaway holds four gubernatorial appointments and serves on the boards of local, state and regional environmental organizations.

Since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill disaster, Callaway has worked tirelessly with staff members, volunteers, elected officials and the public in a united effort to respond to, contain and clean up the ongoing spill, the network said.

Other "Remarkable Women" recognized by the series include Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton to currently unsung heroes like Doctors Without Borders "flying nurse" Rebecca Singer. The segment honoring Callaway will will also be available at this link.

Mobile Baykeeper was founded in 1997, and became a member of the international organization, Waterkeeper Alliance in 1999. As a well known environmental organization in the Gulf coast region, Mobile Baykeeper works on all environmental issues in the watershed that impact public health. In addition to helping the community deal with individual environmental concerns, Mobile Baykeeper works on local, regional, and national issues. One of its biggest successes to date has been in preventing an onshore or open loop LNG facility from entering the Mobile Bay area. In addition, Mobile Baykeeper has completed a Water Quality Monitoring Database, is a founding member of the Mobile County Air Quality Study, and helped found the Alabama Department of Environmental Management Reform Coalition. Mobile Baykeeper will continue to closely monitor this disaster and its impacts to the area with updates on the spill and any volunteer efforts required at its website at www.mobilebaykeeper.org.

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