Two highlights of the evening were the annual award ceremonies for the LEAP and Watershed Excellence Awards.
|The Cross Lutheran Rain Garden Team
celebrates their success.
|Summer interns and district staff reconnect at the event.|
|Dana Larsen-Ramsay (left), LEAP Team, and Simba Blood (right),
RWMWD Natural Resources Technician and LEAP Team member
| Left to right: Debbie Meister, WaterFest Coordinator, Karen Eckman,
Citizen Advisory Commission member, Barb Lindeke, Audubon Society
|Sherry Brooks, Farnsworth teacher, (left)
and Tracy Leavenworth, RWMWD School Liaison
|Fellow Master Water Stewards, Paul Gardner and
Linda Nielsen, at a table with family and volunteers.
|2016 LEAP Award winner, Paul Diegnau, Keller Golf Course Superintendent,
with Justin Zimmerman, 2015 LEAP award winner from The Ponds of Battle Creek Golf Course
|Tyler Berres from St. Paul Public Community Education and wife Danielle|
|The Cross Lutheran rain garden volunteer team|
| RWMWD Board Member and former Administrator, Cliff Aichinger
and current RWMWD Administrator, Tina Carstens
|Dana Larsen-Ramsay, Scott Ramsay and RWMWD’s Bill Bartodziej|
|RWMWD Citizen Advisory Commission member
Michele Hanson and her husband Ken
|RWMWD Citizen Advisory Commission member
Phyllis Hunter with husband David
|Sage Passi, RWMWD Education Coordinator (left), and Marion Seabold|
|Eric Sommers, glass artist and creator of Watershed Excellence Awards|
|Sage Passi, RWMWD Education Coordinator, and
Paige Ahlborg, RWMWD Project Manager
|2016 LEAP Award Winners Julie Rodberg and Chris Siewert|
|Randee Edmundson, Liz McCambridge and Jayy Dubb
(from the Ames Lake Team)
|Farnsworth educator Sherry Brooks and husband Ron|
|Mike and Molly Churchich, Ramsey County|
|Casi Parranto (left) and Julie Boggess (right) accepting a
LEAP award on behalf of Children’s Discovery Academy
|Level Up Academy Teacher Diane Noll and her husband|
|Left to right: RWMWD Board Member Jen Oknich and her daughters, former
RWMWD Board Member Paul Ellefson, and current Board Member Bob Johnson
And the Award goes to…..
This award recognizes an individual who has, during his or her lifetime, played a significant and long-term role in watershed management and demonstrated leadership in natural resources stewardship.
This award recognizes an individual who has consistently delivered or contributed creative and state-of-the-art ideas and solutions that enhance water and natural resources through their outstanding engineering projects in and around RWMWD.
This award recognizes an individual or organization that effectively facilitated citizen participation efforts to improve and protect water quality.
This award recognizes an individual, group or business that effectively collaborates with Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District to achieve exceptional results in water resources management and stewardship.
This award recognizes an individual or organization that effectively encourages and initiates citizen participation efforts to improve and protect water quality.
Youth Engagement Award – Watch for story in the next Ripple.
This award recognizes a teacher, youth organizer or organization that has demonstrated exceptional commitment and capacity to engage youth in watershed education and stewardship initiatives.
|Each winner received a custom, hand-blown award made by local glass artist, Eric Sommers.|
Link here for details on all of the LEAP winners
Children’s Discovery Academy
Chris Siewart and Julie Rodberg
7th Street East in St. Paul
Cross Lutheran Church
Accepted by Pastor Bob Preuss, Sylvia Graham, Rose Macioch, Sharon Olson and Diana Border
1945 Prosperity Road, Maplewood
David and Linda Werner
Preserve Court in Little Canada
Dawn Avenue in Shoreview
St. Odilia Church Prayer Garden
Roger and Marlys Toogood accepting
3495 Victoria Avenue N Shoreview
City of White Bear Lake Rain Gardens
Connie Taillon accepting
Van Dyke Street and Richard Avenue
Link here for details on all of the LEAP winners.
Other Honors of the Evening
“Sage is very enthusiastic and dedicated to her job. She is a whirlwind of activity. Many Master Gardeners (including me) have been sucked into the Sage vortex and continue to volunteer on her projects because she is so dedicated and appreciative of the efforts of others. After working a very full day, it is not unusual for Sage to work late or call to discuss potential projects or possible Master Gardeners she might get to help with a project. Additionally, she is always willing to help others with their projects and to share her wealth of knowledge.”
“The highlight of the Watershed District’s recognition dinner was being seated next to and visiting with Marion Seabold. What a joy and an inspiration for living! There are those rare people who we encounter, whether briefly or for extended periods of time, who change our lives just by touching them. I told some of my students about the banquet and also about meeting Marion and they were amazed at some of what I told them about her amazing life. Truly a great moment in my life!”
Many thanks to those who made this night possible and to those who joined us for the evening. We are very proud of what you have achieved!