AWARDS: 2013 U.S. Water Prize Winners Announced

The U.S. Water Alliance has announced the 2013 winners of the coveted U.S. Water Prize. The winners are: Onondaga County, N.Y., for its program to “Save the Rain” and embrace green infrastructure solutions to wet weather problems; The Freshwater Trust for its collaborative market-based solutions to restore and protect rivers and streams; and, MillerCoors for their innovative and comprehensive strategies to protect and conserve water throughout its life cycle.

“Our 2013 U.S. Water Prize winners are leading the way, from east to west and all points in between, on the value of water and the power of innovating and integrating for one water sustainability,” boasts Alliance president Ben Grumbles. “Our champions are showing how to save the rain, clean the stream, and grow with care, up and down the supply chain throughout the water cycle.”

The three winners will be formally honored on Earth Day, April 22, 2013, in Grosvenor Auditorium at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“Our [three] winners reflect America’s spirit of diversity, creativity, and collaboration,” added Dick Champion, chair of the U.S. Water Alliance. “These are the best in public, private, and nongovernmental sectors. It’s fitting that we honor them at National Geographic, itself known for public education of natural resources.”
Nominations for the U.S. Water Prize are reviewed by an independent panel of judges including some of the most respected names in the water and environmental sector. The Water Prize, first launched in 2011, is organized and administered by the U.S. Water Alliance. Through the prize, the national non-profit underscores the value of water and the need for one water integration, innovation and collaboration among environmental, business, utility and community leaders. Sharing these goals, several corporate sponsors are joining together including, to-date: CH2M HILL, Veolia North America, ARCADIS, CDM Smith, MWH-Global and Brown and Caldwell.

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