Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

Presented at The Water’s Edge gala each year since 2011, the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence, also known as the SAFE Water Award, is a prestigious award for outstanding achievement in freshwater-related activities.

The award honors individuals, institutions, or organizations whose work contributes broadly to:

Honorees represent regions and watersheds from around the world and a broad range of freshwater-related activities, professions, and scientific disciplines.


The 2017 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence will be presented to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

Photo of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

Sunday, September 17
Winterthur Museum
5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE 19735

Commitment to Fresh Water

Prince Albert II has given his effort and support to the availability of clean fresh water, among other environmental issues.

Founded in 2006, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is committed to protecting the environment and promoting life in an ecofriendly, global way. One of its three principal domains of action is to manage water resources and combat desertification.

“I decided to set up a foundation whose purpose is to protect the environment and to encourage sustainable development. By definition, this is a common global challenge that requires urgent and concrete action in response to three major environmental issues: climate change, biodiversity, and water.”

Prince Albert has received numerous awards for his outstanding commitment to the environment and our natural resources. In 2007, he received the ICCF Teddy Roosevelt® International Conservation Award from the International Conservation Caucus Foundation for his work and dedication to environmental protection. He was awarded the Roger Revelle Prize by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2009 for globally promoting and increasing the understanding of environmental challenges. In 2011, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation was awarded the Water Prize by UNESCO-IHE Delft Institute for Water Education for contributing to science and creating a better way to understand the environment, and in particular for teaching multidisciplinary approaches to solving water resources challenges for the benefit of developing countries.

A recent project the foundation has accomplished was the Integrated Water Resource Management Project in Oromia, Ethiopia. Due to the low water supply in this country, the goals of the project were to develop water sources for human use. The project improved water access for rural communities and built sanitation facilities in different regions of Ethiopia. Overall, the project rehabilitated 51water points and installed 16 toilets that are powered by biogas.

About H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi was born in Monaco on March 14, 1958. He is the reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco and head of the princely house of Grimaldi. In 1981, he graduated from Amherst College with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Prince Albert participated in five consecutive winter Olympics starting in 1988. He married Charlene Wittstock in July 2011. Together they have twin children, born on December 10, 2014, named Jacques Honoré Rainier and Gabriella Thérèse Marie.

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The 2016 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

Photo of Jonathan Jarvis

Stroud Water Research Center presented the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence to the National Park Service and its director Jonathan Jarvis on November 3, 2016.

The National Park Service protects more than 170,000 miles of rivers and streams and 4.5 million acres of lakes, ponds, and oceans throughout our country.

Director Jarvis reflected upon the last 100 years of the National Park Service and its focus on the future as NPS enters its second century stewarding our country’s natural and historic resources: “I believe strongly that along with building historical relevancy, we must continue to achieve a conservation legacy built upon the 100 years of success of the National Park Service’s mission to leave these places unimpaired for future generations.”


The 2015 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

Photo of Alexandra Cousteau by Bill Zelman

Stroud Water Research Center presented Alexandra Cousteau with the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence at The Water’s Edge annual gala at Longwood Gardens on November 19, 2015.

Alexandra is the founder and “Chief Water Optimist” of Blue Legacy, a non-profit organization on a mission to empower people to reclaim and restore the world’s water, one community at a time. Blue Legacy explores water issues around the globe and shares those findings through short films as well as mainstream and social media.

Her legendary grandfather, Jacques, and father, Philippe, explored the world’s ocean wonders, but today Alexandra Cousteau explores new ways to save them.


The 2014 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Bernard Sweeney, Ph.D.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. with Stroud Center’s Director, Bern Sweeney, Ph.D.

Stroud Water Research Center presented Robert F. Kennedy Jr., with the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence at The Water’s Edge, the Center’s annual gala at Longwood Gardens in the suburbs of Philadelphia on October 23, 2014.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. Mr. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group’s achievement helped spawn over 190 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe.

Mr. Kennedy serves as Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and President of Waterkeeper Alliance.


The 2013 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

Stroud Water Research Center presented the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence to Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D, former Under Secretary of Commerce for the National Oceans and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA), and Kathryn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator on Oct. 15, 2013.

Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. with Stroud Center Board Chairman, Rodman W. Moorhead III (left), and Director, Bern Sweeney, Ph.D.

Dr. Lubchenco was the first woman to be appointed under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. She served in this role from 2009 to 2013.

Under her leadership, NOAA focused on restoring fisheries to sustainability and profitability, restoring oceans and coasts to a healthy state, ensuring continuity of the nation’s weather and other environmental satellites, developing a Weather-Ready Nation, promoting climate science and delivering quality climate products, strengthening science and ensuring scientific integrity at NOAA, and delivering the highest quality science, services and stewardship possible.

Dr. Lubchenco is one of the “most highly cited” ecologists in the world, and eight of her publications are recognized as “Science Citation Classics.”

Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D. with Stroud Center Director, Bern Sweeney, Ph.D.

Dr. Sullivan was one of the first six women selected to join the NASA astronaut corps in 1978 and holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space. She flew on three shuttle missions during her 15-year tenure, including the mission that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. Dr. Sullivan has also served on the National Science Board (2004-2010) and as an oceanographer in the U.S. Navy Reserve (1988-2006).

Dr. Sullivan’s impressive expertise spans the frontiers of space and sea. An accomplished oceanographer, she was appointed NOAA’s chief scientist in 1993, where she oversaw a research and technology portfolio that included fisheries biology, climate change, satellite instrumentation and marine biodiversity.


The 2012 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

John Briscoe, Ph.D. with the Center’s Director, Bern Sweeney, Ph.D.

Stroud Water Research Center presented John Briscoe, Ph.D., with the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence at The Water’s Edge, the Center’s annual gala at Longwood Gardens in the suburbs of Philadelphia on Thursday evening, Oct. 18, 2012.

John Briscoe, Ph.D., the Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering and Professor of the Practice of Environmental Health at Harvard University, directs the Harvard Water Security Initiative.

His career has focused on the issues of water, other natural resources, and economic development. He has worked as an engineer in the government water agencies of South Africa and Mozambique, an epidemiologist at the Cholera Research Center in Bangladesh, and a professor of water resources at the University of North Carolina. In his 20-year career at the World Bank, he held high-level technical and managerial positions, shaping its governance and strategy.

Briscoe was a founding member of the major global water partnerships, including the World Water Council, the Global Water Partnership, and the World Commission on Dams. He has served on the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academy of Sciences and the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, and he currently serves as a member of the Council of Distinguished Water Professionals of the International Water Association.


The 2011 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling receive the 2011 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence from Director Bernard Sweeney

Olivia Newton-John and husband, John Easterling, were awarded the first ever Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence by Stroud Water Research Center at The Water’s Edge gala at Longwood Gardens in the suburbs of Philadelphia on October 11, 2011.

Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling, also known as “Amazon John,” are both staunch supporters of rainforest conservation and known for work in conserving the Amazon River watershed — the largest in the world.

Newton-John and Easterling are committed to supporting a positive, sustainable future for the Amazon rainforest and its inhabitants. They are active board members of the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research Foundation which promotes conservation of the Peruvian Amazon through environmental education programs, supporting basic and applied research, and protecting unique tracts of land in that region.

Easterling is the founder and owner of the Amazon Herb Company which makes products from the natural ingredients found in the Amazon rainforest and provides support to many indigenous communities in the Amazon. Olivia Newton-John is best known as a singer, actress and supporter of cancer research and rainforest conservation.

About Stroud Water Research Center

Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water through research, education, and global outreach and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, nonadvocacy 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.