The winner of the inaugural North American Riverprize is the Niagara River, New York!
Awarded for the first time in 2015, the North American Riverprize was awarded in partnership with River Network, celebrating excellence in the restoration, protection or management of rivers on the North American continent.
The Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper received the award for their 25 years of collaborative restoration works within the Buffalo-Niagara River Watershed. Among their many achievements, Riverkeeper has ensured that the once biologically dead Buffalo River is now on a trajectory to be de-listed as an Area of National Concern by 2019.
The 2015 North American Riverprize was judged by a panel of experts with the winner announced at River Rally 2015 in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.
The other finalists in the 2015 North American Riverprize were:
Applicants are required to submit a Stage 1 application form through the online system. This first stage is intended to be short and succinct to simplify the process for applicants. Stage 1 applications are then reviewed and those deemed suitable for Stage 2 will be asked to submit further information.
If your application is accepted for Stage 2, you are then required to complete the full application process.
• Full written submission against criteria
• Provision of materials to support claims made in the application
• Provision of three independent referees who will be contacted if the application is selected as a finalist.
• Images to be used for promotional purposes by River Network and the IRF.
Following Stage 2 submission, the judging panel will select finalists. If selected as a finalist, you will be asked to provide up to ten minutes of video footage, which IRF will use to create a Riverprize
video to be screened at the Gala awards ceremony. All finalists are offered the opportunity to speak about their project at the River Rally prior to the Gala, and the winner will be given a presentation spot during the conference.
If you are chosen as the winner of the 2015 North American Riverprize, the IRF and River Network will work with the winners to gain publicity, promotion and media attention. The IRF and River Network will also work with all finalists on promoting their status as a finalist throughout the duration of the process. The winner of the 2015 North American Riverprize will automatically qualify for Stage 2 of the Thiess International Riverprize in 2016.
The IRF is forming a select group of partners to support and further develop the North American Riverprize.
Businesses, Governments, Foundations and other interested parties willing to support the North American Riverprize are invited to:
We are also seeking partners and participants in:
The International RiverFoundation sincerely thanks our past and present judges for contributing their time and expertise!
2015 NORTH AMERICAN RIVERPRIZE JUDGES
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