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Riverkeeper is a finalist in prize competition

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is one of four finalists for the first North American Riverprize. The recognition from the International River Foundation honors excellence and diversity in river restoration.

Riverkeeper, one of the largest waterkeeper groups in the world, is working to improve water quality and public access in the Great Lakes.

The other finalists are the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge on the Connecticut River; the Sun River Watershed group in Montana and the San Antonio River Authority in Texas.

“North America contains the full range of river environments from those with intensive urban developments to the undeveloped, and from the formerly highly polluted to the near pristine,” said David Garman, chairman of the judging panel. The four finalists will present their achievements at River Rally 2015 in New Mexico, the largest gathering of the river and watershed community in the United States. The North American Riverprize winner will be announced on May 2.

The International RiverFoundation also presents Riverprizes in Australia, New Zealand and Europe as well as the prestigious Thiess international Riverprize.

The winner of the inaugural North American Riverprize will qualify for stage two of the Thiess International Riverprize in 2016, competing for the world’s top award in river management.