May 2 deadline for nominations for GRCA Watershed Awards

The Grand River Conservation Authority is looking for nominees for its 2011 Watershed Awards.

Each year since 1976, the authority has presented awards to individuals, families, organizations, and businesses that have taken action to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Grand River watershed.

The GRCA presents two types of awards:

– the Honour Roll, for sustained achievement over an extended period of time, and

– Watershed, for outstanding examples of conservation and environmental work.

Nominations can come from anyone in the watershed, so if anyone  know a person, organization, or business they think deserves an award, they should make a nomination. A nomination form is available in the Watershed Awards section of the GRCA website at

The deadline for nominations is May 2.

In 2010, six awards were given out, including an Honour Roll award that went to the late Allan Holmes, who was the Chief Administrative Officer of the GRCA from 1991 to 2000.

Watershed Award recipients were: Chuck Beach, an environmental activist in Brantford; farmers Steve and Paul Cressman who have planted more than 7,000 trees on their two farms; Clare Rennie, the quiet leader behind the Guelph Rotary Forest; Wellington Green Legacy, an organization that has planted a million trees in Wellington County; and Ducks Unlimited Canada for more than three decades to return lost wetland habitat to the Grand River watershed.

Short video slideshows about each of those award recipients are posted on

The 2011 winners will be selected by a special recognition committee of the GRCA board and will be honoured at an event in the fall.