Nominations Process

Nominations should be made by November 15, 2015 using the official nominations forms below. Applications will not be accepted by members of the Recognition Committee or members of their families. Additionally, direct solicitations to members of the Recognition Committee by applicants will result in disqualification from further consideration.

2016 Organization Nomination Form
2016 Individual Nomination Form

Before you begin the process of completing the nomination form, please ensure that you have the following materials ready:

Nomination Summary:

Applicants must supply a 300 word summary of their nomination. This summary should clearly and succinctly describe why the person or entity is deserving of a U.S. Water Prize, how the nominee relates to the prize criteria, and who would be able to accept the award on behalf of the nominee.

Descriptive Narrative:

Applicants will have the opportunity to better describe and explain their project, program, or initiative as it relates to the prize criteria. Applicants must provide a description of the project or initiative that is no longer than 1250 words in length. The description must clearly state the project or initiatives topic area (education, public awareness, research, technology, water resource management, or policy development), the current and future water quality or water quantity challenges it seeks to address, and the innovative approach taken to promote water sustainability. The narrative must also provide a description or listing of the project or initiative’s recent accomplishments.

Letters of Recommendation:

All nominations must include at least two, but no more than five, independent letters of recommendation. Each recommendation shall not be longer than 500 words in length.

Curriculum Vitae:

For individual nominees a Curriculum Vitae or resume must be included. Additionally, a more detailed document outlining the nominee’s achievements may be submitted. This document is limited to 500 words in length.

Optional Application Documentation:

Up to ten pages of additional supporting documentation such as articles, publications, reports, book excerpts and multimedia materials that provide relevant support to the nomination may be submitted, but are not required. These materials can be submitted by email or by mail.

Expectations of Winners:

The U.S. Water Alliance will choose three winners to receive a 2016 U.S. Water Prize. The following are expectations of these winners:

  • A U.S. Water Prize winner, whether an individual or an entity, must have a representative who can attend the award ceremony in Washington, D.C. in April 2016 to accept the award.
  • Actively promote the U.S. Water Prize ceremony and program via e-newsletter, press releases, and/or printed media.
  • Consider developing a five minute video providing an overview of the winning achievement.
    Provide feedback to the U.S. Water Alliance on the U.S. Water Prize program and award ceremony

Official Rules


Any United States based institution, organization, or individual is eligible to win a U.S. Water Prize. Non-profits, educational institutions, companies, government agencies/coalitions, utilities, law firms, and individuals may be nominated from all sectors that intersect with water. Nominees must demonstrate successful projects, programs, and/or initiatives that represent effective innovation in ensuring water sustainability by advancing holistic, watershed-based approaches to water quality and quantity challenges. Projects, programs, and initiatives may be in one or more of the following topic areas: education, public awareness, research, technology, water resource management, or policy development.


A U.S. Water Prize will be awarded to a nominee whose program, project, or initiative demonstrates an approach to, and clear impact on the advancement of water sustainability. The U.S. Water Alliance and an independent review panel will evaluate nomination applications, taking into account the following three criteria:

  • Integration: Collaboration to manage water as one resource. Progress in moving towards a watershed-based, holistic approach, with integration among key water stakeholders and agencies to achieve improved results.
  • Innovation: Technologies, management practices, regulatory strategies and/or financing strategies that are changing the water paradigm.
  • Education: Formal or informal education programs or initiatives that are working to inform and inspire – providing motivation and insight to help people view, value, and manage water in a more holistic and sustainable way.


The U.S. Water Alliance’s independent Review Panel will review all applications in accordance with the guidelines and criteria of the United States Water Prize. The Review Panel will make recommendations to the U.S. Water Alliance’s Recognition Committee for the final selection of winners. U.S. Water Prize winners will be announced in January 2016.



Q: How many winners are chosen each year? 

The Alliance will award up to five Prizes each year. The Alliance strives to ensure each class of winners is diverse, taking into account geography, sector, and size.

Q: Frequency of the Award Program

The Prizes are awarded annually. The nomination cycle for the 2016 U.S. Water Prize will be open from May 2015 to Novemeber 15, 2015. The award ceremony will take place in April 2016.

Q: When and where is does the US Water Prize Ceremony take place? 

Prize Winners will receive a hand-crafted, commemorative award at the inaugural U.S. Water Prize ceremony in Washington, D.C. in April 2016, honoring their valuable accomplishments.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of nominations I can make?

An individual or organization may nominate only one project or initiative for the United States Water Prize per nomination period. For more information regarding nomination of candidates, please view Official Rules.

Q: How are the winners chosen?

The U.S. Water Alliance’s independent Review Panel will review all applications in accordance with the guidelines and criteria of the United States Water Prize. The Review Panel will make recommendations to the U.S. Water Alliance’s Recognition Committee for the final selection of winners.

Q: My application was not chosen as a winner. Can I submit the same project or initiative again next year?

Yes, we accept repeat applications; however, you must complete a new nomination form each year and submit new letters or recommendation.

Q: Will articles, publications, reports and multimedia I send in support of my nominee be returned after the judging panel reviews it?

No, information submitted for the prize application will not be returned.

Q: Will notification be sent to nominees by the U.S. Water Alliance upon receiving their nomination?

Yes, a confirmation will be sent to the nominator and the nominee upon receipt of a complete Prize application package.

Q: Will past winners of the United States Water Prize be eligible to win again in 2015?

Prize winners are ineligible to win the United States Water Prize more than once for the same project or initiative. However, prize winners may submit an application for a different project or initiative for the 2015 prize.


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