These awards are given to recognize educational institutions, individuals, groups, or agencies that have made significant contributions to increased public awareness of water resources development, use, or management covering any one or a combination of the
natural, biological, and social sciences.
Nominations will be accepted for two categories. The first category recognizes exceptional individual or group efforts in education and public outreach in water resources at UCOWR institutions. The second category recognizes programs or activities by institutions or individuals that are not members of UCOWR. Contributions should be of regional if not national scope, and may have private or public sponsorship. Activities may focus on primary or secondary schools, youth programs that encourage awareness of water resources, the media, or legislative or other public forums.
The nomination must describe the programs or activities, the audience to which they were targeted, and the nominee's role in their success. The nomination shall describe the influence of the activity in terms of size and characteristics of the affected audience, research, and educational funding involved, legal or institutional changes influenced and publications. The nomination must include contact information for the nominee or a representative of the nominated organization.
Nominations will be reviewed by the Awards Committee. No more than two awards will be given in any year. The committee may choose not to give out awards in any year.
Each award shall consist of a certificate, along with a letter of commendation. The awards will be announced in May 2018. Recipients will be invited to receive their award at the UCOWR Awards Banquet, held at the Annual Conference, scheduled for June 26-28, 2018, at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh, PA.