Project WET Foundation Wins 2012 U.S. Water Prize

For immediate release: February 21, 2012

Contact: Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter, Communications Manager, Project WET Foundation | 406-585-4115 | email


Dennis Nelson with U.S. Water PrizeBozeman, Montana—The Clean Water America Alliance today announced the winners of the 2012 United States Water Prize for watershed-based approaches toward water sustainability. Bozeman-based nonprofit organization the Project WET Foundation is one of six winners nationwide.

"These six water champions are showing America how to innovate, integrate and educate for water sustainability and economic success," explained Alliance President Ben Grumbles.

The other U.S. Water Prize winners are PepsiCo Frito-Lay Inc., Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Philadelphia Water Department, Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

The Clean Water America Alliance said that the Project WET Foundation had been selected "for its success in building an extensive, grass-roots network of school and community educators." The program reaches thousands of formal and non-formal educators and millions of children annually with water-science education locally and globally.

U.S. Water Prize winners will be honored in a special ceremony on Monday, April 23, 2012, at the Washington Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. National water and environmental leaders will attend the celebration. Each recipient will receive a handcrafted, water-inspired, ceramic art work commissioned from internationally acclaimed potter Miranda Thomas.

The Clean Water America Alliance created and administers the U.S. Water Prize to recognize achievement and inspire action for water sustainability. Brown and Caldwell, Veolia North America, CH2M HILL, MWH, Pirnie/ARCADIS, CDM Smith and HDR are among the proud sponsors of the 2012 U.S. Water Prize.

About Project WET: Since 1984, the Project WET Foundation, an award-winning U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has dedicated itself to the mission of reaching children, parents, teachers and community members of the world with water education. Project WET is active in all 50 U.S. states and in more than 50 countries worldwide.

About the Clean Water America Alliance: Formed in 2008, the Clean Water America Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization whose goal is to unite people and policies for water sustainability. A broad cross-section of interests is coming together through the Alliance to advance holistic, watershed-based approaches to water quality and quantity challenges. For more information, visit www.CleanWaterAmericaAlliance.org or contact lloken@CWAA.us.

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