US Water Prize


Awarded on an annual basis, the US Water Prize celebrates outstanding achievements in the advancement of sustainable, integrated, and inclusive solutions to our nation's water challenges. It is the preeminent national recognition program for exemplary efforts to secure a One Water future for all. Learn about previous US Water Prize winners here.

Nominations for US Water Prize 2023 are now closed. Winners will be announced at the US Water Prize ceremony during One Water Summit 2023, which will be held November 14 – 16 in Tucson, Arizona.

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Organizational Awards  

These awards are dedicated to celebrating organizations leading the way with creative One Water solutions and driving a paradigm shift in how we view, value, and manage water in the United States. Those eligible for nomination include water utilities, businesses, agricultural organizations, environmental organizations, community-based organizations, research institutions, and others.  
Outstanding Cross-Sector Partnership
Outstanding Public Sector Organization
Outstanding Private Sector Organization
Outstanding Nonprofit Organization

Individual Awards  

Outstanding One Water Communication Award  
Individuals eligible to be nominated include journalists and producers from mainstream media outlets and publications, authors, podcast hosts, and other communicators who focus on water issues. The Alliance will consider work from previous years if it influenced water issues such as legislation, or if it is part of an ongoing body of work. Past winners have raised awareness about underreported water access challenges, climate change, and water affordability.  
Outstanding Rising One Water Leader Award   
This award was created to recognize the talented rising water leaders at Alliance member organizations who are shaping One Water management. The US Water Prize for Outstanding Rising One Water Leader will honor a water professional who has demonstrated one or more of the six essential capacities for One Water Change Leadership: vision-setting, shaping culture, possibility thinking, innovation, trust-building and collaboration, and adaptive learning. Mid-career professionals employed at Alliance member organizations who pursue One Water approaches to their work are eligible for nomination.  
Outstanding Artist Award  
The US Water Prize for Outstanding Artist will honor an artist or culture bearer that has used artistic interventions or creative practices to center water issues, management, infrastructure, or communicate the value of water in their work. Artists or culture-bearers that align their work with social and public needs in a way that advances an equitable and sustainable water future are eligible for nomination. Teams of artists are also eligible to be nominated. Organizations are not eligible for nomination, but individual teams belonging to the same organization working on specific, relevant work can be nominated. The winner of the Water Prize for Outstanding Artist will also be awarded $5,000 to support continuing their work.  
Outstanding Public Official Award  
The US Water Prize for Outstanding Public Official honors an individual who has championed water policy in their public agenda, inspiring leadership and action to overcome water sector challenges. Individuals eligible to be nominated include public officials at every level of government including mayors, city managers, city councilmembers, governors, state legislators, representatives of tribal governments, members of Congress, and more.   
Winners will be chosen by an independent review panel of water experts. Any questions about US Water Prize or the nomination process can be directed to 


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