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Earlier this month, the Alabama Rivers Alliance recognized leaders from Birmingham and across the state at their River Celebration Awards Banquet as part of their annual Alabama Water Rally conference.
The River Celebration Awards Banquet is an evening devoted to the recognition of those special organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions toward river protection in Alabama..
Nominations are submitted by members of the Alabama Rivers Alliance.
“Much of the work of these individuals and organizations goes largely unrecognized except in our own circles,” Cindy Lowry, executive director of Alabama Rivers Alliance, said. “We cherish the opportunity to honor their work and service with our River Celebration Awards and are proud to work alongside them defending our rivers throughout Alabama.”
The recipients of the 2019 River Celebration Awards were:
Emerging Leader of the Year – Laura Quattrochi, Alabama Environmental Council, for her commitment to the things in her life she cares most about, her belief in herself and her willingness to take on responsibility with the ARA Junior Board, Birmingham Artwalk, and so much more.
Volunteer of the Year – Daniel West, for his dedication to nonprofit organizations across Alabama.
In addition to these awards, four individuals were also recognized with the highest achievement award of RIVER HERO.
According to ARA, this recognition is given to passionate individuals who have had a profound impact on Alabama’s river movement through their hard work and leadership. They go above and beyond to protect our rivers, our health and our environment through building partnerships and connections, empowering citizens and/or advocating for sound water policy and enforcement.
The 2019 RIVER HEROES are:
Alabama Rivers Alliance
Founded in 1993, the Alabama Rivers Alliance is dedicated to protect and restore Alabama’s rivers. They advocate for smart water policy, organize at the grassroots level, and teach citizens how they can protect their water. To learn more about them visit alabamarivers.org.