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The Water’s Edge

Each year Stroud Water Research Center hosts The Water’s Edge gala in celebration of our most precious resource — water. This special evening allows us to bring together our friends and neighbors whose support is critical to our endeavors. Proceeds from the evening support our freshwater research, restoration, and education programs.

Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

Presented at The Water’s Edge gala each year since 2011, the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence, also known as the SAFE Water Award, is a prestigious award for outstanding achievement in freshwater-related activities. The award honors individuals, institutions, or organizations whose work contributes broadly to:

  •  Conserving and protecting freshwater resources and ecosystems,
  • Improving the quantity and quality of fresh water on the planet, or
  • Developing policies and practices which help perpetuate clean fresh water for future generations of humans and wildlife.

Honorees represent regions and watersheds from around the world and a broad range of freshwater-related activities, professions, and scientific disciplines.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the event page.


Award Recipients and Speakers

Wm. Bob Irvin of American Rivers
American Rivers and Its President, Bob Irvin (2018)
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco (2017)
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco (2017)
The National Park Service and Its Director, Jonathan Jarvis (2016)
The National Park Service and Its Director, Jonathan Jarvis (2016)
Alexandra Cousteau (2015)
Alexandra Cousteau (2015)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (2014)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (2014)
Jane Lubchenco (2013)
Jane Lubchenco (2013)
Kathryn Sullivan (2013)
Kathryn Sullivan (2013)
John Briscoe (2012)
John Briscoe (2012)
Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling (2011)
Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling (2011)
The 2010 Water's Edge Speaker
Peter Gleick (2010)
The 2009 Water's Edge Speaker
Ian Hutton (2009)
The 2008 Water's Edge Speaker
Flip Nicklin (2008)
The 2007 Water's Edge Speaker
Kristine McDivitt Tompkins (2007)
The 2006 Water's Edge Speaker
Wangari Maathai (2006)
The 2005 Water's Edge Speaker
William McDonough (2005)
The 2004 Water's Edge Speaker
Sylvia Earle (2004)
The 2003 Water's Edge Speaker
Jane Goodall (2003)