Watershed Champion Award
The Board of the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District is pleased to announce that the new Watershed Champion Award program will be accepting nominations for 2019. The purpose of the Watershed Champion Award is to acknowledge and honor those whose contributions to water stewardship have helped the CLFLWD achieve its mission of protecting and improving local water resources. The award will be presented annually by the CLFLWD to an individual, business, organization or community for having demonstrated exceptional stewardship of water resources within the boundaries of the CLFLWD.
2019 Program Details
To nominate an individual, business, organization or community for the Award please provide all the information requested on the nomination form. In order to be considered for the awards presented at the District's State of the Watershed public meeting in April, 2019, all nominations must be received by the deadline of March 1st, 2019. Nominations can be submitted in-person, via e-mail, or mailed to the District office at 44 Lake St, South, Suite A, Forest Lake, MN 55025. Attachments that support the nomination are strongly encouraged.
Contribution to be recognized must
- Promote Stewardship of water resources within the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District.
- Demonstrate observable or measurable results toward the District's water quality goals.
- Have been implemented after January 1st, 2015
Examples of contributions include, but are not limited to: raised public awareness of a specific issue (such as responsible road salt use, groundwater conservation, invasive species, etc.), creation of water resource-friendly public policy, protection of a resource via land trust or wetland restoration, voluntary completion of a rain garden or shoreline restoration project, or economic development that is consistent with good water resource stewardship.
Nomination Scoring & Award Selection
All nominations received by the deadline of March 1st, 2019 will be scored for consideration by the Selection Committee. Nominations will be scored n a 5-point scale for each of the folow criteria: Promotion of stewardship, demonstation of observable or measurable results, overall impact.
A five person committee consisiting of one board member, one staff member, and three Citizen Advisory Committee memebers will review nominations and select the award recipients. Committee members will score each nomination as described above and aggregate scores will be used to help inform the Commitee's decision. More than one award may be given each year. An award does not have to be given each year if no nominee meets the criteria. An award may be given to a previous winner if subsequent contributions justify doing so.
A plaque inscribed with the individual's name, contribution, and date of the award will be presented at the District's annual State of the Watershed public meeting in April and will thereafter be displayed permanently and prominently at the District office. The recipient's contribution will be shared with the community through publication in the local newspapers and Districts annual newsletter. Award recipients will also receive a token of appreciation from the District related to their water resource stewardship contribution.