Students Chosen to Compete to Represent U.S. in Stockholm Junior Water Prize Contest

Also, WEF has congratulated the 2020 Stockholm Water Prize laureate, Dr. John Cherry

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has announced that 49 high school students have been selected as the 2020 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the nation’s most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project.  

To see a complete list of the 2020 state winners, click here.    

The student winners — from 41 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico — will compete in the national competition, which will take place in a digital format on June 20. The winner of the national competition will receive $10,000 and represent the United States in the international competition during World Water Week.

Traditionally, World Water Week events include a royal ceremony during which the patron of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, presents the winner with $15,000. However, World Water Week, originally scheduled for Aug. 23-28 in Stockholm, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and organizers are deciding the best way to conduct the international competition in a digital format.

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize aims to increase students’ interest in water-related issues and research and to raise awareness about global water challenges. The competition is open to projects aimed at improving of water quality, water resources management, water protection and drinking water and wastewater treatment. 

“These students’ passion and creativity has led to impressive research into ways to protect and preserve water resources,” says WEF President Jackie Jarrell. “WEF is proud to support their work to advance and expand water research.”

In the U.S., WEF and its member associations organize the regional, state and national competitions with support from Xylem Inc., who also sponsors the international competition. The Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Scholarship Award, a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Xylem Inc., will be also awarded to the state winner who demonstrates a passion for education, spirit of creativity and innovation.    

2020 Stockholm Water Prize

WEF also congratulates the 2020 Stockholm Water Prize laureate, Dr. John Cherry.

The Stockholm Water Prize is a global award appointed annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and awarded by SIWI to an individual, organization or institution for outstanding water-related achievements. It honors women, men and organizations who have made extraordinary water-related achievements.

Cherry is a world-renowned hydrogeologist and a leading authority on the threats to groundwater from contamination. As the creator of the academic field contaminant hydrogeology, he has changed the scientific paradigms of groundwater research. Cherry’s work has raised awareness of how groundwater contamination is growing across the world and has led to new, more efficient methods to tackle the problem.

In its citation, the Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee notes that Dr. Cherry is “recognized for his contributions to science, education, practice and for translating his well-earned stature into a passionate and highly effective advocacy for groundwater science to inform current and future policies, laws and collective deliberations that governments must establish to protect water, our most essential and yet most imperiled resource.”

The Stockholm Water Prize is traditionally presented by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Patron of Stockholm Water Prize, during World Water Week. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SIWI is exploring how Cherry will be celebrated during World Water Week 2021.

For more information about Dr. Cherry and the Stockholm Water Prize click here


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