FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2011
“RIVER WARRIOR” AWARDED TO LOS ANGELES RIVER EXPEDITIONS
Los Angeles, Calif. — L.A. River Expeditions has received a 2010 River Warrior award. This year’s recipients are spread out among ten states, and each received a $1,000 cash prize in January for their dedication to critical and challenging river-related causes.
“Water Heritage Trust, a project of the Resource Renewal Institute,” notes RRI President, Elizabeth Baker, “has identified L.A. River Expeditions as an exemplary organization working to protect water quality, fish, wildlife, and river ecosystems. We honor you for your resolute efforts in defending rivers, streams, and marches — and the wildlife that depends on them.”
L.A. River Expeditions played a key role in winning Clean Water Act protections for the L.A. River last summer, after their brazen urban odyssey down the entire 52-mile river in 2008 demonstrated the river’s navigability.
Former California Secretary of Resources, Huey D. Johnson, founded the River Warrior awards in 2008 to “encourage the rare individuals whose lives are defined by passion for rivers and fish.” Johnson, who also founded The Trust for Public Land and served as Western Regional Director (and later President) of The Nature Conservancy, says about award recipients: “Over a
long career I’ve known many examples of little guys carrying on fierce fights to maintain remote rivers.” Johnson is known to have described recipients as “motivated by half-crazy passion.”
“Our river isn’t exactly remote,” says L.A. River Expedition’s Founder and President, George Wolfe, “but in the consciousness of most people we are about as remote as the Congo. Still, our success these last couple of years speaks to a growing number of American urban rivers on the rebound — and if we can succeed here [in L.A.], then every river anywhere stands a fighting
L.A. River Expeditions, as a green business in development, now advocates for a clear, comprehensive and reasonable river access policy for the Los Angeles River, with the intent to lead recreational-educational boating excursions down verdant stretches of the river.
A sampling of other 2010 River Warrior Awards recipients include: California Water Impact Network, Friends of the River, Rainforest Action Network, Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, Santa Barbara Channel Keeper, Western Rivers Conservancy, and International Rivers.
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