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St. Croix River group presents awards

From left to right: Rick Wells, Port of Sunnyside Club, and Rick Chapman, Sunnyside Marina, are presented the stewardship award by Gary Noren of the St. Croix River Association.

Each year the St. Croix River Association presents the Watershed Stewardship Award to an individual, business, organization or community for having made a significant contribution to stewardship of the St. Croix River.

Recipients of the award have shown to support good stewardship of the natural resources of the St. Croix River, demonstrate measurable results, and demonstrate work that is clearly above and beyond the normal responsibility of their charges.

The 2013 recipients of the St. Croix Watershed Stewardship Award are Mike Reiter of Osceola, Rick Chapman of the Port of Sunnyside Club, Inc., and the St. Croix Valley & North Star Chapters of the Sierra Club.

With Reiter's passion for the outdoors, ability to collaborate with multiple organizations and can-do attitude he is viewed as a leader by multiple government agencies and organizations and has made great strides for outdoor recreation, public education and wildlife habitat protection. He is also a regular columnist for the New Richmond News.

The Port of Sunnyside Club, Inc. became one the first designated "Certified Clean Marinas" in the Minnesota in 2010 and actively promotes the Clean Marina Program's 300 best management practices to other marinas, as one of the state leaders in the program.

For more than 10 years, the Sierra Club, both the St. Croix Valley chapter and the statewide organization, the North Star Chapter, led the fight against a new mega-bridge over the St. Croix River south of Stillwater, on behalf of the integrity of the U.S. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and in support of the river preservation and protection values of the St. Croix River Association.