The Hudson River Watershed Alliance has named Vassar College a recipient of its 2016 WaveMaker Award for its work to protect, conserve, and restore Hudson River water resources. The award will be given in a ceremony at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, December 3, 2016.
“The Hudson River Watershed Alliance was formed to promote collaboration and partnerships between local organizations and citizens working to protect their local streams and watersheds, and with regional and state organizations,” says Simon Gruber, President of the Alliance. “We are pleased to present this award to Vassar College for the organization’s years of leadership on education, outreach and demonstration projects for protecting and restoring water quality and raising awareness about local watersheds in Poughkeepsie.”
The award is honoring the opening of the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns and the work that has been done at Vassar through the years to support watershed awareness, including organizing and supporting the Casper Kill Watershed Alliance, supporting Watershed Awareness month, and the research faculty and students have done on the Casper Kill, Fonteyn Kill, and other tributaries.
“Vassar is committed to being a steward of the environment and we are so proud to be a recipient of this award,” says Marianne Begemann, Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources. “Through the opening of the Environmental Cooperative we’ve been able to bring together regional environmental organizations, community groups, residents, students and educators to increase and expand our long standing conservation efforts. It is wonderful to have our work acknowledged in this way and to be in the esteemed company of this year’s winners.”
The other 2016 WaveMaker Award recipients are: the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance; Maggie Turrin of the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance; and Barbara Kendall, former Coordinator of the Hudson River Watershed Alliance.Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.