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:
- Conserving and protecting freshwater resources and ecosystems,
- Improving the quantity and quality of fresh water on the planet, or
- Developing policies and practices which help perpetuate clean fresh water for future generations of humans and wildlife.
Honorees represent regions and watersheds from around the world and a broad range of freshwater-related activities, professions, and scientific disciplines.
The 2016 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence
Jonathan Jarvis. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service
On the centennial anniversary of one of America’s greatest treasures — national parks — the 2016 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence (the SAFE Water Award) will be presented to the National Park Service and its director, Jonathan Jarvis.
Jarvis will receive the award during the annual Water’s Edge gala to be held on November 3 at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Jarvis’ 39-year career has taken him from ranger to resource management specialist to park biologist to superintendent of parks such as Craters of the Moon, North Cascades, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Mount Rainer. Before becoming the director of the National Park Service in 2009, Jarvis served as regional director of the bureau’s Pacific West Region. He is now responsible for overseeing an agency with more than 22,000 employees and a $3 billion budget.
Guiding the National Park Service into its second century is Jarvis’ plan, A Call to Action, which outlines ways the National Park Service will continue to preserve America’s special places throughout the 21st century. Crystal Clear — one of the points in the plan highlights how the National Park Service will continue its commitment to the health and protection of America’s freshwater systems.
The diverse areas managed by the National Park Service encompass more than 84 million acres and serve to preserve and protect freshwater resources throughout the United States, while the 280 million annual visitors generate $30 billion in economic benefit across the nation.
It is with great pleasure that Stroud Water Research Center confers this award to Jonathan Jarvis for his support of this country’s natural resources and in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, which has done so much to preserve and protect freshwater resources.
Join the Stroud Center Board of Directors and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, for an informative lecture followed by an elegant dinner to celebrate the conservation of freshwater resources and 100 years of America’s national parks. Tickets for The Water’s Edge are $500 per person or $200 for young friends (21-40 years of age). Business sponsorships are $10,000 for a table of 10, and $5,000 for a table of six. Wilmington Trust renewed its support as the event’s presenting sponsor.
To purchase tickets or sponsorships, please visit http://www.stroudcenter.org/events.
The 2015 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence
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. 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.