David Goldhagen of
Goldhagen Art Glass
in Hayesville, NC, was commissioned to create the 2009 Holman Water
Quality Stewardship Award (pictured above).
The Coalition’s Holman Water Quality Stewardship Award celebrates
rivers, lakes, and streams and those who protect them by recognizing
some of our victories and honoring those who provide us with leadership
and inspiration along the way. All too frequently, individuals and
groups involved with natural resource conservation fail to celebrate
their hard-won successes. Too often, important victories are allowed to
be overshadowed by the next issue or threat. Challenges always lie
ahead, but the Coalition wants to take time each year to celebrate the
people who make our collective achievements possible.
The award is named for Bill Holman, who is currently Director of State
Policy at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at
Duke University. HRWC was honored to have Mr. Holman deliver remarks at
the inaugural Holman Water Quality Stewardship Banquet, which he
attended with his wife, Stephanie Bass. Click here to
learn more about Bill Holman.
The late James W. Dobson of Union County, Ga. was the first Holman Water
Quality Stewardship Award winner. One of HRWC's own founding board
members, Jim was selected from a slate of nine excellent candidates to
receive the award.
Click here to
learn more about previous award winners.
individual or group that has worked to sustain good water quality in the
rivers, lakes, and streams of the Hiwassee River watershed is eligible
See map of the
Current Coalition staff members are NOT eligible to receive the Holman
of Directors chose to name its Water Quality Stewardship Award for Bill
Holman because of his persistent, constructive leadership in
legislative, administrative, and educational roles, his
accomplishments that facilitated water quality improvements, and his
sincere commitment to the environment and clean water. It
is one or more of these characteristics, put into action in the
upper Hiwassee River watershed, that HRWC seeks in Holman Water
Quality Stewardship Award recipients.
individual may nominate up to five persons or groups for the award;
however a separate form is required for each nomination. Include your
name and contact information as well as the name and contact information
of the nominee. [Although we’d prefer to have all of the requested
information, in order for the nomination to be considered, we must have
either a mailing address or an email address and phone number for the
nominee.] The nomination must include a short testimonial, description,
and/or anecdote that will help the awards committee make its selection.
Those who have been nominated before, but were not selected to receive
the award may be nominated again; however no one individual or group may
receive the Holman Award more than one time.
and/or groups are being considered for receipt of the 2014 Holman Water
Quality Stewardship Award: Thomas Floyd, Georgia DNR nongame biologist;
Austin “D.J.” Gerken and the Southern Environmental Law Center; Scott
Helton and Tyler White; City of Hiawassee, Ga.; Lake Nottely Improvement
Association; and Cherokee County Commissioner, David Wood.