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Past Pro H2O Award Winners

Pro H2O Award Winners


  • Impact Through Advocacy - Save Bloody Run
  • Business Innovation - Astig Planning, Coralville
  • Youth Leadership - Lillian Hill, Johnston
  • DMWW Think Downstream Award - Lee Tesdell, Polk County
  • Lifetime Achievement - Paul Johnson (posthumous), Decorah

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  • Lifetime Achievement - Allen Bonini
  • Impact Through Advocacy - Sikowis Nobiss, Great Plains Action Society
  • Business Innovation - Continuum Ag
  • Youth Leadership - Angela Messenbrink, Storm Lake High School 

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  • Business Innovation – Wings2Water, Eastern Iowa Airport 
  • Youth Leadership – Iowa West High students Shreya Khullar and Caroline Mascardo for their stop motion film on algae blooms 

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  • Innovation Awards - Joe Bolick, Green Brewery Program Manager, and Jenny Trent, Waste Reduction Specialist, with the Iowa Green Brewing Certification Program at the Iowa Waste Reduction Center received honors for the innovative and successful approach they launched in 2017 with the Green Brewing Certification program. 
  • Business Leader awards - Dave Moore, Director of Operations at Big Grove Brewery and Rachel Beck with SingleSpeed Brewing Company for gaining Green Brewing Certification; Mollie Aronowitz of Peoples Company   
  • Tenacity and Youth Leadership - Courtney Wolken, high school A.P. Biology teacher at Newton Community School District, and Steve Hopkins, Nonpoint Source Coordinator with the IDNR, were honored for their work and leadership on a project with Cardinal Creek. 

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  • Public Health award – Dr. Peter Weyer, University of Iowa 
  • Regenerative Ag award – Seth Watkins, Pinhook Farm 
  • Corporate Sustainability award – Rick Tollakson, Hubbell Realty 
  • Innovative Water Work award – Hannah Ray J  
  • Youth Leadership – 10 students from Oakridge Middle in Cedar Rapids