TOMâ€™S OF MAINE AND RIVER NETWORK ANNOUNCE 2010 RIVER HEROES AWARDS
KENNEBUNK, MAINE – (June 11, 2010) â€“ Protecting and restoring rivers and other waters is vital to the health of our country and communities. At River Networkâ€™s recent annual National River Rally conference, a pioneering group of clean water heroes came together to collaborate on innovative new ways to protect the nationâ€™s water. In addition, this yearâ€™s River Heroes Awards ceremony, sponsored by Tomâ€™s of Maine, celebrated six remarkable water protectors and the victories of their campaigns.
For more than forty years, Brock Evans, a former Marine, lawyer, former director of the Sierra Clubâ€™s Washington office and National Audubon Societyâ€™s Vice-President for National Issue, has worked tirelessly to protect and lobby for the environment. Brockâ€™s efforts have helped gain wilderness protection for the Pacific Northwestâ€™s North Cascade Region, defeat the damming of Hellâ€™s Canyon, and found the Green Wave Movement for environmental justice. He currently serves as the President of the Endangered Species Coalition, an association of 450 environmental, scientific, and religious groups dedicated to protecting and strengthening the Endangered Species Act.
â€œItâ€™s a tremendous honor. I spent 45 years working in environmental organizations and the River Network is one of the most vibrant, exciting groups,â€ said Brock Evans, honoree of the James R. Compton Lifetime Achievement Award and president of the Endangered Species Coalition. â€œTo receive an award from a group who is doing so much themselves, is humbling. Each one of them is a hero.â€