Annual Watershed Steward Awards

Watershed Steward Awards

Capitol Region Watershed District’s (CRWD’s) Watershed Steward Awards is an annual event that honors individuals and organizations that exemplify watershed stewardship through activities or projects that demonstrate a commitment to help protect, manage and improve our lakes and the Mississippi River.

To nominate an individual or organization, please complete the 2019 Watershed Steward Nomination Form. All nominations are due by November 15, 2019.

Award Categories:

• Watershed Citizen Award: Given to an individual who has demonstrated a personal commitment to citizen engagement, project initiation or exceptional leadership that supports CRWD’s mission.
• Watershed Partner Award: Given to an organization that has demonstrated through its policies,practices or projects a commitment to CRWD’s mission by consistently implementing innovative stormwater management solutions.
• Watershed Outreach Program Award: Given to an organization that has demonstrated through its policies, practices or projects a commitment to CRWD’s mission by connecting residents to clean water practices through education art and other means.
• Young Watershed Steward Award: Given to a young person or group of young people who have undertaken projects that exemplify a commitment to CRWD’s mission.
• Watershed Project Award: Given to an organization, group or individual for a project that demonstrates an innovative and effective solution for protecting, managing and improving water resources of CRWD.
• Lifetime Stewardship Award: Given to an individual who has, during his or her lifetime, played a significant leadership role in the stewardship of CRWD’s water resources.

 

2019 Watershed Steward Awards Nomination Form

2018 Watershed Steward Award Winners

2018 Lifetime Steward Award: Cy Kosel, Parks and Recreation Natural Resources Manager for the City of Saint Paul (retired)
The Lifetime Stewardship Award is given to an individual who has, during his or her lifetime, played a significant leadership role in the stewardship of CRWD’s water resources. Cy Kosel worked for the City of Saint Paul for over 40 years before retiring in 2018. Throughout those years, he was a tireless advocate for integrated natural resource, forestry and water quality management. He has supported local initiatives such as the Como Active Citizen Network’s community clean‐up events and has worked with CRWD to coordinate countless workshops for his staff on topics such as preventing illicit discharges and managing turfgrass for water quality.

“Cy Kosel has long been an advocate for clean water and a strong proponent of the early and sustained partnership between CRWD and Saint Paul to improve water quality and parks within the City.” Mark Doneux, CRWD Administrator

2018 Watershed Citizen Award: Michael Stoick, Teacher at Saint Paul Public Schools and Owner of Alley Farms and Gardens
This award is bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated a personal commitment to citizen engagement, project initiation or exceptional leadership that supports CRWD’s mission. Stoick’s work with CRWD began when he was leading a team of Lego League students at Hamline Elementary who designed and built waterrelated projects. The projects included a compost tea booster system to encourage composting food waste and improve soil health while reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers, an electric rain garden that uses microbes living in rain garden environments as a source of renewable energy, and a combined speed bump and rain garden design that directs runoff into rain gardens. Michael is also involved in clean water projects in his community.

2018 Watershed Project Award: Hamline Midway Coalition’s Pierce Butler Meadows
This award recognizes an organization, group or individual for a project that demonstrates an innovative and effective solution for protecting, managing and improving water resources of the CRWD. The recipient of this award is the Hamline Midway Coalition for Pierce Butler Meadows, a project that was a culmination of more than a decade of community interest for ecological and aesthetic improvements at the intersection of Pierce Butler Route and Snelling Avenue. The Hamline Midway Coalition’s Environment Committee developed partnerships with numerous community, educational and environmental groups who came together for a weeklong series of planting events. The project concluded with a Planton Movil event for people to “lend mobility” to plants, and for plants to “borrow their slowness” to people lead by artist Lucia Monge.

2018 Watershed Partner Award: Wes Saunders‐Pearce, Water Resource Coordinator of the City of Saint Paul’s Department of Safety and Inspections
This award is given to an individual or organization that has demonstrated through its policies, practices or projects a commitment to CRWD’s mission by  consistently implementing innovative stormwater management solutions. It was Saunders‐Pearce’s leadership on some of the region’s most complex and innovative stormwater management projects, including CHS Field, Allianz Field and redevelopment plans for the Ford Site, that led to this recognition of his work. He has consistently displayed a vision and keen understanding of the technical, financial and political realities of implementing innovative stormwater projects.

2018 Watershed Outreach Program Award: Summit Hill Association’s Water Wise Program
This award is given to an organization that has demonstrated through its policies, practices or projects a commitment to CRWD’s mission by connecting residents to clean water practices through education, art or other means. The winner of this award is the Summit Hill Association’s Water Wise program. The Association’s Environment and Beautification Committee is organized around the values of recycling, reuse and beautification. Using a Partner Grant they received from CRWD in 2017, they committed to a multi‐layered outreach project involving the rehabilitation of the rain garden at the Linwood Community Center by volunteers, teaching about the impacts of this neighborhood on the greater watershed, organizing a park and storm drain clean‐up day, and initiating outreach to 90 second grade students at Linwood Monroe Arts Elementary School. As part of the Water Wise program, the students planted a rain garden, learned about the Adopt‐A‐Drain program and painted with artist Annie Hejny, using her signature technique of working with river water and sediment to create paintings.