All too frequently, the individuals and groups working toward healthy, resilient rivers; safe, affordable drinking water; and climate-resilient communities aren’t celebrated in the moment. The essential work, whether a marathon or a sprint, is often overshadowed by the long road ahead. River Network’s awards, presented at River Rally, are designed to recognize that, while another challenge might be right around the corner, there is great progress happening by champions across the network, and this progress deserves our appreciation and celebration.
The River Hero Award recognizes and showcases the achievements of individuals and teams who have advanced the movement toward a future of healthy rivers, safe and affordable drinking water, or climate-resilient communities. Their work expands the network’s collective power and activates others in the water sector to advance equitable policies and practices.
The Emerging Leader Award at River Rally, established in 2019 by former board member Leslie Lowe, recognizes a burgeoning leader working at the intersection of water and justice. This award provides early career recognition to expand their aspirations, gain confidence, and widen their network.