Camden SMART, EJ Water Cooperative, City of Cedar Rapids, Greenprint Partners, American Public Media & Great Lakes Today, and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti win awards in six categories for outstanding One Water work
The US Water Alliance recently announced the winners of the US Water Prize, a prestigious award for outstanding work towards changing how water is viewed, valued, and managed. Awards were given in six categories to outstanding individuals and organizations that inspire us to create a more sustainable water future for all:
• Cross-Sector Partnership. The Camden SMART Initiative won in the Cross-Sector Partnership category. The Initiative brings together institutions of higher education, philanthropy, and government to protect human health, foster economic development, improve water quality, and enhance quality of life for residents.
• Public Sector Category. The City of Cedar Rapids won in the Public Sector category for its leadership in the Middle Cedar Partnership Project, working with farmers and conservation organizations on water quality and soil health issues along the Cedar River.
• Private Sector Category. Greenprint Partners won in the Private Sector category for its work in Peoria, Illinois where it developed Well Farm, one of the first stormwater farms in the country. Greenprint used its Community Benefits Driven Design process to develop a project that is high-impact and delivers multiple benefits.
• Non-Profit Category. EJ Water Cooperative won the Non-Profit category for its innovative cross-utility work to deliver high quality water and high-speed fiber internet for rural residents in Illinois.
• Outstanding Journalism on the Value of Water. American Public Media and Great Lakes Today won in this category for its balanced reporting to spotlight an issue millions of Americans were unaware of-the struggle to afford water service, despite living in an area rich with water resources.
• Outstanding Public Official. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti won the Outstanding Public Official award for his commitment to progressive water policy and ambitious water recycling plans for Los Angeles. This year Mayor Garcetti announced Los Angeles will recycle 100 percent of its wastewater by 2035.
US Water Alliance CEO Radhika Fox said, "We want to thank all of our amazing US Water Prize winners, and the entire field of applicants, for doing the hard work of changing the way this country views, values, and manages water. Water is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and the water challenges we face are complicated. These innovative and inspiring leaders are demonstrating to the nation what is possible and how we can build a better water future for all."
Each year the Alliance invites an independent panel of diverse One Water leaders to review the prize submissions and determine the US Water Prize winners. This year's independent review panelists were Bevin Buchheister, Senior Policy Analyst, National Governors Association; Juliet Christian-Smith, Senior Program Officer, Water Foundation; Snehal Desai, Chief Growth Officer, Evoqua Water Technologies; and Ted Henifin, General Manager, Hampton Roads Sanitation District.
The US Water Prizes will be distributed on the evening of September 18, 2019, in Austin, Texas as part of the US Water Alliance's One Water Summit, the premier national conference focused on sustainable water management that bringing together close to 1,000 leaders from across the country.
US Water Alliance advances policies and programs to secure a sustainable water future for all. Established in 2008, the Alliance is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that educates the nation on the true value of water, accelerates the adoption of one water policies and programs, and celebrates innovation in water management. The Alliance brings together diverse interests to identify and advance common-ground, achievable solutions to our nation's most pressing water challenges. Our membership includes water providers, public officials, business leaders, environmental organizations, community leaders, policy organizations, and more.