Nominations now being accepted for the 2020 Poudre Pioneer Award |

Nominations now being accepted for the 2020 Poudre Pioneer Award

An array of people have helped over the years to support making the Cache la Poudre River an excellent example of a healthy working river. The Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group (PRTI) would like to recognize one of those key contributors.

PRTI is seeking nominations for its annual Poudre Pioneer Award, and will recognize the honoree at the Poudre River Forum on Feb. 28, 2020, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Loveland, Colo. Each year, the forum brings together those on the Poudre who farm, deliver clean potable water, drink beer, recreate, and advocate for river health to learn from one another and to explore how we can move from conflict to collaboration.

The awardee will be selected prior to the forum, invited to share a short acceptance speech, and will be recognized through local media.

Those eligible are individuals or organizations, including businesses, public agencies, and non-profits, who have substantially contributed to the goal of making the Poudre a river that supplies the goods and services demanded by our complex society, within the existing and evolving water rights system and honoring existing property rights, while maintaining and improving ecological integrity and resilience.

Many contributions can further the goal of a healthy working river, including, but not limited to: fostering collaboration across water use sectors including agricultural, urban, and environmental; production of scientific or technical information; fundraising; engineering excellence; public outreach; water resources management; or water quality/quantity monitoring. These contributions may be judged on their degree of effectiveness, innovation, creativity, novelty, problem solving ability, ease of duplication by others, and/or leadership.

Nominees need not live or work in the Poudre Basin, but the tangible results of their efforts must be evident within the basin and have a direct nexus to our goal for the Poudre River.

Nominations can be made by anyone, and are due on Dec. 1. Submit your nomination online at All of the materials for the nomination should be uploaded at once so please have the following prepared prior to accessing the online form:

• Information on why you think your nominee should receive the Poudre Pioneer Award

• Nominee’s notable accomplishments

• Nominee’s impacts and contributions in the Poudre River Basin

• Up to three letters of support

Questions? Contact the Nomination Committee Chair, Aaron Goldman at ❖