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Press Release



Secretary Salazar Presents Missouri River Bank Stabilization Project with Partners in Conservation Award



05/07/2009


Contact: Joan Moody
(202) 208-6416


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today presented a Partners in Conservation Award to the Missouri River Bank Stabilization Project, recognizing individuals from the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System, federal and South Dakota state agencies as well as private engineering and contracting firms.

The Secretary presented the multi-group project with one of 26 national awards to individuals and organizations at a ceremony at Interior headquarters in Washington, D.C. to honor “those who achieve natural resource goals in collaboration and partnership with others.”

“The Partners in Conservation Awards demonstrate that our greatest conservation legacies often emerge when stakeholders, agencies, and citizens from a wide range of backgrounds come together to address shared challenges,” the Secretary said.

“This particular partnership developed a plan to protect the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System’s infrastructure while stabilizing and enhancing the bank of the Missouri River within an area designated as a National Recreational River,” the Secretary said. “Cooperation produced a highly successful design that helps ensure delivery of water to three states as well as environmental protection of the river.”

“These 26 awards recognize the dedicated efforts of 600 individuals and organizations, from across our nation– and from across our borders with Canada and Mexico,” Salazar noted. “They celebrate partnerships that conserve and restore our nation’s treasured landscapes and watersheds, partnerships that engage Native American communities, and partnerships that engage youth.”

Award recipients include:

Banner Associates
Ron Bergen
Timothy R. Conner
David C. Odens
Matthew Q. Rippentrop
Bureau of Reclamation
Joseph E. Hall
Theodore L. Hall
Scott A. Jacobson
James Kangas
Faye Streier
Jame L. Todd
HDR Engineering Inc.
John Engle
Daniel Graber
Charles “Chip” Haas
Meagan Hall
Teresa C. Konda
Terry Stoltenow
Lake Regional Contracting, Inc.
Thomas Powell
Lewis & Clark Regional Water System
Lennis “Red” Arndt
Jim Auen
Troy Larson
Dan Zulkosky
National Park Service
Tyler Cole
Wayne Werkmeister
South Dakota Department of Environment and Resources
David Ryan
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
John Kirk
David J. Ode
Steve VanderBeek
South Dakota State University
Gary Larson
TRC Environmental Corporation
Jan Hart
Bruce R. McClelland
Edward Schneider
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
David L. Derrick
Thomas Lowin
Daniel Pridal
John Remus
Jerome Tworek
Luke Wallace
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Charlene Bessken
Scott Larson
Welfl Construction Corporation
Jakob Brouwer
Kevin Schulz