Legacy Award

In 2022, the River Network Board of Directors created the Legacy Award to recognize the significant contributions of one individual to the waters, rivers, and people they have served over the duration of their career. This individual has expanded our collective thinking around the fundamental right to clean water by designing and implementing solutions that stick.


John Echohawk

John Echohawk, a dedicated advocate for Native American rights, is the well-deserved recipient of River Network’s 2024 Legacy Award. Throughout his distinguished career, Echohawk has championed the cause of clean water, particularly for tribal communities. A member of the Pawnee Nation and the Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) since its inception… Read More


Betsy Otto

Betsy Otto is currently a Fellow of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation. She spent ten years as a Senior Fellow and Director of the World Resources Institute’s Global Water Program, where she directed the development of Aqueduct™, a global water risk assessment and mapping platform in wide use by Global 500 companies, finance institutions,… Read More