Nomination Form Tips from Past Selection Committee Members:

 · Be very clear about the specific accomplishments of the nominee. Differentiate between being part of a team or group effort, and leading an effort or accomplishing something single-handedly.

  · Provide a clear statement of the intended audience of the nominee’s work.

  · To the extent possible, quantify the nominee's successes (e.g. in years worked, acres restored, students reached, etc.)

  ·  (Final Nomination Form, semi-finalists only), Selection Committee members have found additional materials (letters of support, resumes, news articles, etc.) detailing a nominee's accomplishments to be helpful additions.



 Only individuals, not organizations, are eligible to be nominated for an award.  Federal employees are not eligible. Retired federal employees are not eligible for any work or volunteer efforts done during the time they were employed by a federal agency. Self-nominations are not allowed. Projects not currently in compliance with the Clean Water Act or similar state or local statutes, as well as projects compelled by enforcement actions under those statutes, are not eligible.



The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is accepting nominations for the 30th Annual National Wetlands Awards, to honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the conservation and restoration of our nation’s wetlands. Award recipients will be honored in Washington DC during American Wetlands Month in May. The award ceremony will be held on Tuesday May 7, 2019 at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Since 1989, the National Wetlands Awards has honored over 200 champions of wetlands conservation. This program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional effort, innovation, and excellence in wetlands conservation at the local, state, or regional level. Past award recipients share a dedication to protecting the nation’s remaining wetlands; educating citizens, students, agencies about the value of wetlands; and working with a diverse array of organizations and stakeholder to advance wetlands protection. ELI administers these awards, with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wetlands Inventory, U.S. Forest Service, NOAA Marine Fisheries, and the Federal Highway Administration.