Best of the best in Colorado water 

Each spring, Water Education Colorado invites friends and colleagues to our President’s Reception — an evening of celebration, networking and awards as we honor water leadership and raise money for our work at one of the best water events of the year.

Photo by Theo Stroomer


Save the date!

Join us for the President’s Reception on May 8, 2020 at Balistreri Vineyards

WEco awards and past winners

Diane Hoppe Leadership Award (formerly the President’s Award)

Water Education Colorado bestows an important annual award on a Coloradan who has a body of work in the field of water resources benefiting the Colorado public; strong reputation among peers; commitment to balanced and accurate information; among other qualities.

What started in 2007 as WEco’s President’s Award was renamed the Diane Hoppe Leadership Award in 2016 to recognize the legacy of this Colorado water visionary. Winners have included:

2007: John Fetcher

2008: Ken and Ruth Wright

2009: Dick Bratton

2010: Russ George

2011: Nolan Doesken

2012: Diane Hoppe and Lewis Entz

2013: Jim Isgar

2014: Alan Hamel

2015: Jim Lochhead

2016: Gov. John Hickenlooper

2017: Eric Kuhn

2018: Tom Cech

2019: Jennifer Pitt

Emerging Leader Award

In 2010, Water Education Colorado introduced the Emerging Leader Award to honor recent work by a young Colorado professional to strengthen and improve water education in the state. Winners have included:

2010: Eric Hecox

2011: Hannah Holm

2013: Amy Beatie

2014: Sean Cronin

2015: Greg Kernohan

2016: Heather Dutton

2017: Drew Beckwith

2018: Joe Frank

2019: Celene Hawkins