Friday, July 11, 2014

Nominations Sought For Watershed Excellence Awards 2014

By Sage Passi

Sherry Brooks received the 2013 Youth Engagement Award for her work with Farnsworth School.

Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District is now accepting nominations for our 2014 Watershed Excellence Awards. The awards recognize individuals, organizations, government entities, businesses and agencies that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in water resources management, watershed stewardship and civic engagement. The purpose of this award program is to increase visibility and honor the accomplishments of exceptional “leaders” who participate in activities in a variety of contexts and levels of involvement within the district. The award ceremony will be held in late November.

This year our Citizen Advisory Committee will be involved in supporting the review of nominations and helping select a design concept that will be used to create an artistic award to be given to each recipient. We have contacted several local artists to solicit design concepts and will be choosing one for reproduction.

Last year's Watershed Excellence Award that was presented to each recipient.

Please note that we are not limited to the six award categories listed below, although we will only be giving out a maximum of six awards each year. If you have a suggestion for another category and want to nominate someone in that category, please feel free to do so. We welcome and will consider these kinds of creative suggestions! 
Nominations can be sent to Sage Passi, Watershed Education Specialist at or by mail to Sage Passi, Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, 2665 Noel Drive, Little Canada, MN, 55117. The nomination deadline is August 21. Please include the name of the nominee, the award category, your own name and contact information and a brief description of the nominee’s contribution or accomplishment in one of the following categories:

Innovation in Government Award - Recognizes and celebrates excellence by a government agency in implementing innovative policies, programs or projects to protect and improve water quality within Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District.

Outstanding Partner Award Recognizes an individual, group or business that effectively collaborates with Ramsey-Washington metro Watershed District to achieve exceptional results in water resources management and stewardship.

Roger Lake Stewardship Excellence Award Recognizes an individual who has, during his or her lifetime, played a significant and long-term role in watershed management and demonstrated leadership in natural resources stewardship.

Citizen Engagement Award Recognizes an individual or organization that effectively facilitated citizen participation efforts to improve and protect water quality.

Youth Engagement Award Recognizes a teacher, youth organizer or organization that has demonstrated exceptional commitment and capacity to engage youth in watershed education and stewardship initiatives.

The “Carpie” Award – Recognizes an individual(s) who have persevered very enthusiastically through the most trying of conditions while engaging in watershed and natural resource management in Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District. Please note: the title of this award may have a new “nickname” each year dependent upon on the type of activity involved. For example, the “Buckie” award for outstanding work in buckthorn removal.

Click here for a summary of our 2013 winners.

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