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The Nicholas Humber Award for Outstanding Collaboration

This award, established by resolution of the Board of Directors on March 4, 2002, recognizes a project or endeavor which demonstrates outstanding collaboration between an EBC member and other persons or organizations and which reflects the global environmental values and human spirit exemplified by Nicholas Humber.

Nicholas Humber (1941-2001) President, Brae Burn Management, was an active member of the EBC. He served as the chair of the EBC’s Innovative Technology Committee from 1997 to 2000 and prior to that chaired the International Business Committee. It was a tragic loss to Nick’s family and friends and the EBC when it was learned that he was a passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Nick earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer and received a master’s degree from the Wharton Graduate School at the University of Pennsylvania. He worked tirelessly for the environment, beginning in 1971 when he joined the newly created U.S. EPA and co-founded the national waste-to-energy and recycling programs. As an adviser to the World Bank, a founder of Energia Global, and past president of BioMed of Boston, Nick’s life and career was committed to improving the quality of the environment for current and future generations.

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Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 Nicholas Humber Award for Outstanding Collaboration

Award Project: Little Bay Submarine Cable Crossing Project

The EBC Nicholas Humber Award for Outstanding Collaboration is awarded to the Little Bay Submarine Cable Crossing, a technically challenging project involving the installation of one mile of buried submarine cable utilizing jet plow technology across Little Bay, an environmentally sensitive estuary located in Durham and Newington, NH. The cable crossing is part of Eversource Energy’s Seacoast Reliability Project, a new, 13-mile 115-kV transmission line that enhances reliability for current and growing energy needs in the Seacoast Region. Rigorous environmental surveys and studies developed in coordination with State and Federal agencies, and the development and implementation of numerous monitoring plans, including an unprecedentedly comprehensive water quality monitoring plan, required intensive coordination and collaboration by the utility, environmental consultants, engineers, laboratories, and the cable installer to ensure negligible water quality or ecological impacts.

Award Recipients:

  • Eversource Energy
  • Normandeau Associates, Inc.
  • LS Cable Systems America, Inc.
  • Kokosing Industries
  • Jacobs
  • RPS
  • Swanson Environmental Associates, LLC
  • GEI Consultants, Inc.
  • McLane Middleton
  • GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
  • New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The award will be presented to the project team by Tammy Turley, Regulatory Chief, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District.