River Heroes

We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by. ~ Will Rogers

River Network's River Heroes Award celebrates rivers and those who protect them by recognizing some of our victories and honoring those who provide us with leadership and inspiration along the way.

All too frequently, individuals and groups involved with natural resource conservation fail to celebrate their hard-won successes. Too often, important victories are allowed to be overshadowed by the next issue or threat. Challenges always lie ahead, but we need to take time each year to celebrate our achievements and the people who make them possible.

To weave a celebratory thread throughout the watershed community, in 2001, River Network created The River Heroes Award. The River Heroes are nominated by peers, selected by peers and celebrated with peers at the National River Rally.

River Network especially thanks Tom's of Maine for their support as Presenting Sponsor of the River Heroes Awards.

Our 2013 River Heroes honorees are:

Brian Williams, Dan River Basin Association (Eden, North Carolina)

Kris Sigford, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (St. Paul, Minnesota)

Earl Hatley,Grand Riverkeeper, LEAD Agency (Vinta, Oklahoma)

Laura Rubin, Huron River Watershed Council (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Paul Klonowski, Des Plaines River Volunteer Stewards (Gurnee, Illinois)

Full bios
View a short video with this year's heroes

Contact Information

Katherine Luscher
(503) 542-8397