Monday, June 27, 2016

Wanted! Nominations to Honor Excellence in the Watershed

Tina Carstens, Watershed Excellence Award winner Maxine Bethke and Simba Blood at the 2015 award ceremony

Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District is now accepting nominations for our 2016 Watershed Excellence Awards. This award program honors the accomplishments of exceptional “leaders” who demonstrate outstanding achievements in water resources management, watershed stewardship and civic engagement. These awards recognize individuals, organizations, faith communities, government entities, businesses and agencies. The Citizen Advisory Commission works with District staff to review the nominations and determine the winners. Nominations are due by August 5th. The award ceremony will be held in November.

When submitting your nomination, please include the contact information (email and phone number) for both you and the nominee, the award category 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 “Buckie” 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.

We are not limited to the six award categories listed above, 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 are due by August 5th and should 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. 

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