Stroud Water Research Center presented the 2018 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence to American Rivers and our president and CEO, Bob Irvin, at the Stroud Center’s premiere fundraising gala, The Water’s Edge, yesterday evening.
“It is a great honor to receive this award from the Stroud Center,” Irvin said. “This award is for all of our generous members and supporters who make our work possible. At American Rivers, we believe every person in the country should have clean water and a healthy river and our supporters are moving us closer to achieving that goal.”
Since its inception in 2003, The Water’s Edge has featured an impressive list of individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the world of science, fresh water, and conservation. Previous award recipients have included His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco; National Park Service and its director, Jonathan Jarvis; Alexandra Cousteau; Robert F. Kennedy Jr.; Dr. Jane Lubchenco and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Dr. John Briscoe; and Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling.
Reflecting on his more than thirty years in conservation, Bob said, “Of all the work I’ve done in my career, working to protect and restore rivers is the most hopeful work I have done.”
“No matter what we have done to a river, dammed it, diverted its flow, or dumped pollution into it, the river is still there. If we are wise enough to take out the dams, restore the flows, and stop polluting our rivers, they will come back to health amazingly quickly. I have seen it all across this country.”
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