Project WET Founder Receives Conservation Award

For immediate release: April 24, 2014

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

Project WET Founder, President and CEO Dennis NelsonBozeman, Montana—Dakota College at Bottineau has presented Project WET’s president, CEO and founder Dennis Nelson with the annual DCB Conservation Award. The award was presented today during the college’s annual Earth Day Celebration, which also included a tree planting ceremony and a water festival for local fifth and sixth graders.

The DCB Conservation Award honors demonstrated leadership and notable contributions to the conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the world’s precious natural resources. Criteria used for selecting the DCB Conservation Award recipient include:

  • Wide recognition for expertise, vision, and problem solving;
  • Demonstration of enduring commitment;
  • Development of partnerships;
  • Generation and stimulation of community support;
  • Promotion to new audiences through educational efforts;
  • Catalyst for positive change.

Nelson founded Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) in 1985 while working at the North Dakota State Water Commission with tremendous support from Commission employees and state water leaders. The lessons learned and the materials created in the formative years of Project WET in North Dakota have been proven to be timeless. Through extensive partnerships and successful fundraising efforts, Dennis has taken the program from its North Dakota roots to become a global leader in water resources education.

Dakota College at Bottineau has developed a Nature, Technology, and Beyond focus which grew from its founding mission in 1906 of providing educational programming for those choosing a career that promotes care and concern for the environment. This focus and mission is uniquely expressed in the college’s original mission statements that prescribe practical and efficient training in forestry, horticulture, agriculture, and nursery and greenhouse practice; and, advocates for a trained eye to observe and a skilled hand to execute.

About the Project WET Foundation: Since 1984, the Project WET Foundation has been dedicated to reaching children, parents, teachers and community members with action-oriented water education to enable every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. Project WET ("WET" stands for "Water Education for Teachers") is active in all 50 U.S. states and more than 65 countries worldwide.

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