Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is less than two weeks away from learning whether its work to improve the environment in Western New York is worthy of a prestigious global environmental prize.
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper said it is one of three finalists for the Thiess International Riverprize, an award given by the Australian-based International RiverFoundation to recognize efforts to restore environmental health to rivers.
Besides worldwide recognition, the award includes a cash prize of more than $150,000.
An independent panel selected Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Spain’s Segura River Basin Authority and Murcia Regional Water Department, along with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe as the three finalists.
“It is the collective accomplishments of decades of innovation, leadership and impact that created the compelling story around Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s work,” said Jill Jedlicka, Riverkeeper’s executive director. “Together, we have put our region on the global map as a model for water resource protection and transformation.”
The winner will be announced Sept. 13 at the 19th International Riversymposium in New Delhi, India.
Last year, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper took home the first-ever North American Riverprize among a field of more than three dozen contenders.