Exploring Our Water Hero Finalists

The U.S. Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972 was more than a piece of legislation—it was a call to action to protect our planet. Its passing has inspired generations of environmental researchers, activists, and volunteers—and sparked a mind shift in how the general public views water and climate issues.

As we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the CWA—we also celebrate the environmental leaders taking action to further progress. We celebrate those studying our world, educating others, and driving change. We celebrate the people in the trenches, the laboratories, and the classrooms making a difference. We celebrate those minding our planet. And as your partner in all things water, we want this celebration to be meaningful.

So, we're rewarding top environmental advocatesWater Heroesin the U.S. with donations valued at up to $10,000* to support their work. Explore our Water Hero Finalists below, learn how they were chosen, and read about the grand prizes up for grabs this October!

This summer—from July through September—our team will select three Water Hero Finalists from our pool of nominees. One finalist will be chosen and highlighted on YSI.com each month, and in October, we’ll vote for our grand prize winner. 

Below are our Water Hero Finalists so far!

Matthew Norberg, Hydrologist
Montana DNRC

Matt has built a real-time stream gaging network from the ground up for the Montana DNRC. His work helps Montanans meet new demands for water caused by a changing climate, increasing population, and an expanding economy.

About Matt

Dr. Harry Stone, Chairperson, Ohio River Basin Alliance

Harry’s dedicated volunteerism has led the Ohio River Basin Alliance through massive expansion and served as a unifying voice for a variety of organizations longing for healthy ecosystems, river communities, and water-dependent economies.

About Harry

Finalist #3: Coming Soon!

Our team is working through all the fantastic submissions from the summer to determine our last finalists for the Water Heroes Contest. Check back later this month as we reveal our third selection!

Coming Soon


1. Throughout the summer, you shared your clean water stories. You told us about all the people that have inspired you—and why you believe their work should be celebrated as a part of our CWA Water Heroes Contest!

We collected Water Hero Nominations through August 31st, 2022.

2. Our team reviewed each nomination carefully, assessing entries based on three major criteria – Advocacy, Impact, and Ingenuity to determine our finalists.

Advocacy
Does their work mirror the values of the Clean Water Act?

Impact
What is the overall impact of their work in their community?

Ingenuity
How creative are they with the resources they have available?

3. After accepting their nomination, each finalist was interviewed and highlighted on YSI.com

4. In October, the general public will vote for their favorite Water Hero. The finalist with the most votes by October 18th, 2022—the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act—will win our grand prize!

Our grand prize winner will be eligible for one of our three grand prize packages (valued at up to $10,000*). Our other finalists will also receive a $2,500 YSI.com eCommerce credit* to support their next project!

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