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.


The River Heroes are nominated by peers, selected by peers and celebrated with peers at the annual River Rally.
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In 2001, to celebrate his dedication to conserving our nation’s rivers, River Network created an award in honor of James “Jim” Compton.
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The Emerging Leader Award recipient will be honored at a celebratory banquet during River Network’s annual conference, River Rally.
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