Nominations for 2017 Watershed Heroes Awards due Friday!

November 2nd awards ceremony will conclude MCWD’s 50th Anniversary event series
Tuesday, June 20, 2017


In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is seeking nominations for the 2017 Watershed Heroes Awards which recognize individuals and organizations who do outstanding work to help keep our lakes, streams and wetlands clean. The recipients will be announced at the concluding event of MCWD’s 50th anniversary event series, the Sunset Celebration, on Thursday, November 2 at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis.

The awards, which have been given out annually since the MCWD’s 40th anniversary in 2007, have been restructured to reflect the guiding principles of the District: Partnership, Innovation, Excellence, Sound Science and Service. They also include a Young Naturalist Award and a Lifetime Stewardship Award in memory of Cynthia Krieg, who dedicated her life to natural resource protection and public service.

As the District begins its next half century of work, it will be bringing its awards to the 29 communities it serves across the watershed. With formal ceremonies planned every five years, the intervening years will offer opportunities to honor individuals and organizations in the communities where their efforts are making a difference in the quality of water, quality of life in the watershed.

“We are excited about this new generation of Watershed Heroes awards, which embody the values we work hard to uphold every day,” said Sherry White, President of the MCWD Board of Managers. “And bringing them to the communities will allow us to honor the environmental stewardship that’s happening all across our watershed.”

Nominations for the 2017 Watershed Heroes awards can be submitted online at www.minnehahacreek.org/nominate. The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 21. For questions or more information, contact Telly Mamayek, MCWD Communications and Education Director, at tmamayek@minnehahacreek.org or 952-641-4508.

Nominations will be considered for the following categories:

  • Partnership - Given to an organization or individual that has effectively leveraged their assets in partnership with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District to achieve exceptional results in natural resource management, integrate their work with the District’s and add broader value to the community.

  • Innovation - Given to an organization or individual that has implemented innovative policies, programs, or projects to protect and improve quality of water, quality of life in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed.

  • Excellence - Given to an organization or individual that achieves outstanding natural resource benefits in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.
  • Sound Science - Given to an organization or individual that makes a meaningful contribution to the scientific body of knowledge related to natural resource protection.
  • Service - Given to an organization or individual that has demonstrated a commitment to the environment or whose actions have resulted in the protection or improvement of natural resources in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed.

  • Young Naturalist - Given to an organization or individual that has demonstrated a commitment to the environment or whose actions have resulted in the protection or improvement of natural resources in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed.

  • Cynthia Krieg Lifetime Stewardship Award - Given will be given to an individual who has, during his or her lifetime, played a significant and lasting role in watershed management and demonstrated leadership in natural resources stewardship.

For more information on the MCWD’s Watershed Heroes awards and other District projects and programs, visit the District’s website at www.minnehahacreek.org.