Friends of the River's California River Awards: Call for Nominations

The California River Awards honors those who have made outstanding contributions to river conservation, preservation and protection. Friends of the River’s Mark Dubois Award recognizes those who have taken a leading role in furthering river conservation in California. This year, as California grapples with one of the worst droughts in its history, the Award will recognize the new generation of leaders whose innovative water solutions can fundamentally change the game—people who are making a difference on-the-ground by improving water use so we can revive the rivers we depend on and love.

ABOUT THE MARK DUBOIS AWARD

More than forty years ago, the actions of a small group of courageous people to save the river they loved ended up signaling the end of dam building in North America and the birth of countless river protection and watershed groups keeping the magic of their own river alive. The Campaign to Save the Stanislaus River also built Friends of the River into an institution that has gone on to protect and restore thousands of river miles in California. Mark Dubois was the leader and the heart and soul of that historic campaign and this year marks the 35th anniversary of when he chained himself to a rock in the river canyon to stop the water from rising behind the New Melones Dam. This award is given to extraordinary people whose efforts recall the can-do spirit that Mark Dubois, Founder and Director Emeritus of Friends of the River, infused into our organization.

CRITERIA AND ELIGIBILITY (who we are looking for):

As we look out over the next 40 years, we want to find the new generation of individuals whose courage, imagination, determination and can-do spirit match our founder, Mark Dubois. Specifically, we seek new and emerging leaders living and working in California who are advancing truly innovative, cutting-edge, and sustainable water solutions. These individuals are doing practical, effective, and tangible on-the-ground work that demonstrates new and better ways to manage this precious resource and revive California’s rivers. Our honorees will exemplify solutions. Candidates should be individual practitioners, who are making change in areas such as:

• Public outreach, activism and collaboration that is changing and improving water use practices at a local, watershed, or regional level.

• Restoration that is improving flood plain habitat, ground water management, flood control, water quality and climate change resilience.

• Applied technology that improves the efficient use and re-use of water.

• Water pricing and efficient allocation that reflects social, economic, resource and environmental justice principles.

PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN DESCRIBING YOUR NOMINEE:

• SIGNIFICANCE: How does the individual's work address and demonstrate new and better ways to manage water and revive California's rivers as a precious resource?

• EFFECTIVENESS: Is the individual accelerating positive change? What are the measurable accomplishments?

• LEADERSHIP: How is this individual demonstrating leadership qualities and the imagination and can-do spirit of Mark Dubois?

• INNOVATION: Is the individual advancing cutting-edge and sustainable water solutions?

• COLLABORATION: Is the individual building bridges in the community and bringing together a diverse set of stakeholders?

• REPLICATION: How is the individual’s work being used as a model? Can it be replicated, adapted or expanded?

• ACTION: Is the individual making a difference on-the-ground? Is the work practical and tangible?


Nomination and Selection Process
The deadline for nominations is September 30. The Mark Dubois honorees will be announced on October 15, 2014 and will be honored at Friends of the River's California River Awards on Friday October 24, 2014 at the San Francisco City Club.

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