FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 11, 2016
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Stroud Center celebrates National Park Service’s commitment to fresh water
The Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence is a custom sculpture by Jeffrey Funk and is made of marble, slate and bronze. The sculpture features aquaglyph etchings that symbolize the biodiversity that’s present in healthy freshwater streams and rivers. Photo by: Nick Media Productions
Stroud Water Research Center Director Bern Sweeney, Ph.D., (right) presented the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence to Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service at the annual Water’s Edge gala in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, on November 3, 2016. Photo by: Nick Media Productions
More than 220 guests joined the Stroud Water Research Center, its board of directors and the presenting sponsor, Wilmington Trust, at the 14th annual Water’s Edge gala as they honored the National Park Service and its director Jonathan Jarvis on November 3 at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Director Jarvis accepted the 2016 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence for his commitment to the preservation and protection of freshwater resources. At the close of his lecture, guests then enjoyed an elegant dinner on the Fern Floor among the colorful displays of flora inside the beautiful Longwood Gardens Conservatory.
The National Park Service protects more than 170,000 miles of rivers and streams and 4.5 million acres of lakes, ponds and oceans throughout our country. Director Jarvis reflected upon the last 100 years of the National Park Service and its focus on the future as NPS enters its second century stewarding our country’s natural and historic resources: “I believe strongly that along with building historical relevancy, we must continue to achieve a conservation legacy built upon the 100 years of success of the National Park Service’s mission to leave these places unimpaired for future generations.”
The beautiful Longwood Gardens Conservatory served as the backdrop for The Water’s Edge. Photo by: Nick Media Productions
Director Bern Sweeney commented after the event, “We are so grateful for the many sponsors and guests who helped further the Stroud Center’s mission of freshwater research, environmental education and watershed restoration through their support. We are fortunate to be able to collaborate with organizations such as the National Park Service to protect our nation’s freshwater resources.”
The 15th annual Water’s Edge will return to Longwood Gardens on October 21, 2017 for the Stroud Center’s 50th anniversary.
About Stroud Water Research Center
Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water systems through global research, education and restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For more information, please visit www.stroudcenter.org.