The Water's Edge

Each year Stroud Water Research Center hosts The Water’s Edge gala in celebration of our most precious resource — water. This special evening allows us to bring together our friends and neighbors whose support is critical to our endeavors. Proceeds from the evening support our freshwater research, restoration, and education programs.

Photo courtesy Waterkeeper Alliance

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. received the 2014 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence award at The Water’s Edge gala at Longwood Gardens on October 23.

One of Time magazine’s “Heroes of the Planet,” Kennedy is a resolute defender of the environment.

He led the fight to restore the Hudson River, negotiated the New York City Watershed Agreement, and serves as president of the Waterkeeper Alliance.

“Mr. Kennedy has been a staunch advocate for the rights of people and wildlife to clean fresh water and a long-time champion of stream and river ecosystems worldwide. I’m thrilled that he will be here to receive this award.” — Bern Sweeney, Ph.D., Stroud Center Director

The Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence, also known as the SAFE Water Award, is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in freshwater-related activities. Past recipients include Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. and Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D. (2013), John Briscoe, Ph.D. (2012), and Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling (2011).

Past SAFE Water Award Winners and Speakers at The Water’s Edge

Jane Lubchenco

2013 SAFE Award Recipient Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. former Under Secretary of Commerce for the National Oceans and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA)

Kathryn Sullivan

2013 SAFE Award Recipient Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator

John Briscoe received the 2012 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

2012 SAFE Award Recipient John Briscoe, Ph.D. Director, Harvard Water Security Initiative; founding member World Water Council, Global Water Partnership, World Commission on Dams

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

2011 SAFE Award Recipients Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling. Supporters of rainforest conservation and renowned for work in conserving the Amazon River watershed

Peter Gleick

2010 Peter Gleick. Co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute, author, MacArthur Fellow, and member of the US National Academy of Sciences

Ian Hutton

2009 Ian Hutton. Island naturalist and conservationist, researcher, eco-tourism pioneer, keeper of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Lord Howe Island

Flip Nicklin

2008 Flip Nicklin, National Geographic contributing photographer, founder of The Whale Trust

Kris Tompkins

2007 Kristine McDivitt Tompkins. Former CEO of Patagonia, Inc., founder, Conservación Patagónica and Conservation Land Trust

Wangari Maathai

2006 Wangari Maathai. Founder, The Green Belt Movement, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, author

William McDonough

2005 William McDonough, Architect and founding principal of William McDonough + Partners 2007 Time magazine “Hero of the Environment”

Sylvia Earle

2004 Dr. Sylvia Earle. Marine biologist, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, former chief NOAA scientist

Jane Goodall and Bernard Sweeney

2003 Dr. Jane Goodall. Primatologist, author, founder of The Jane Goodall Institute, mentor, United Nations Messenger of Peace