River Heroes

As you get older, it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary ~Hemingway

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 annual River Rally.

Our 2014 River Heroes honorees are:

  • Laura Calwell, Friends of the Kaw (Mission, KS)
  • Margarita Diaz Lopez, Proyecto Fronterizo de Educacion Ambiental (Tijuana, MX)
  • Joe Payne, Friends of Casco Bay (South Portland, ME)
  • Jane Sherman, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (Providence, RI)
  • Michael Taylor, Illinois Water Trailkeepers (Richton Park, IL)

Congratulations! And, Thank you!

Full bios
View a short video with our 2013 heroes

Contact Information

Lexi Meek
(503) 542-8383