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NOMINATIONS NOW BEING                      



The Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group (PRTI) and the Poudre River Forum Planning Committee are seeking nominations for the annual Poudre Pioneer Award. The Poudre Pioneer Award recognizes achievements towards goals of making the Cache la Poudre River a premier example of a healthy working river. We want to recognize individuals or organizations, including businesses, public agencies, and non-profits, who have markedly contributed to furthering this goal.


PRTI’s definition of a healthy working river is one that supplies the goods and services demanded by our complex society, within the existing and evolving water rights system and honoring existing property rights, while maintaining and improving ecological integrity and resilience.



Many contributions can further the goal of a healthy working river, including, but not limited to fostering collaboration across water use sectors including agricultural, urban, and environmental; production of scientific or technical information; fundraising; engineering excellence; public outreach; water resources management; or water quality/quantity monitoring. These contributions will be judged on their degree of effectiveness, innovation, creativity, novelty, problem solving ability, ease of duplication by others, and/or leadership. Nominees need not live or work in the Poudre Basin, but the tangible results of their efforts must be evident within the basin and have a direct nexus to the goal of making the Poudre River the world’s best example of a healthy, working river.



The award will be presented as part of the eighth annual Poudre River Forum on Friday, March 3rd, 2023. Each year, the Forum brings together those along the Poudre who farm, deliver clean potable water, brew beer, recreate, and advocate for river health to learn from one another and explore how we can move from conflict to collaboration. The awardee will be selected prior to the Forum, invited to share a short acceptance speech, and will be recognized through local media.



Nominations can be made by anyone, and are due by Tuesday 10th, January.

Please upload all required nomination materials at once. For your ease, we suggest you have the following prepared prior to accessing the online form:

  • Information on why you think your nominee should receive the Poudre Pioneer Award
  • Nominee’s notable accomplishments
  • Nominee’s impacts and contributions in the Poudre River Basin
  • Up to three letters of support



The Poudre River Forum Planning Committee will identify the top three nominations, and the PRTI membership will select the final candidate. Any individuals directly associated with any nomination will recuse themselves from the selection process.


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