Nominate Our Nation’s Outstanding Leaders in Wetland Conservation

October 19, 2018

30th Annual National Wetlands Awards: Open until December 14, 2018

Dr. Kerstin Wasson receives 2018 National Wetlands Award for Science Research from NOAA.

Kerstin Wasson receives 2018 Award from Nicole LeBoeuf, Acting AA, NOS (right). Credit: Roxie B. Photography

Do you know someone deserving of special recognition for outstanding leadership and achievements in the conservation and restoration of our nation's wetlands? If so, we invite you to nominate them for one of six achievement and recognition awards.

The Office of Habitat Conservation, in partnership with the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and other supporting Government agencies, is seeking nominations for the 30th Annual National Wetlands Awards Program now through December 14, 2018.  Download nomination instructions and eligibility details for more information about the submission process.


A wetland is an area of land that is saturated with water, characterized by plants that can tolerate wet soils​ and low oxygen levels at their roots.

The National Wetlands Awards Program, administered by the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC, has honored over 200 wetland champions since its establishment in 1989.  NOAA was the first partner to join with ELI honoring wetland conservation heroes since 1999.  The program honors persons who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the conservation and restoration of our nation's wetlands.

During the May 2018 National Wetlands Award Ceremony in Washington, DC, Nicole LeBoeuf, Acting Assistant Administrator, National Ocean Service, presented the National Wetlands Award for Science Research to Kerstin Wasson, Research Coordinator at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve in Watsonville, California.  Dr. Wasson's lengthy accomplishments included a national assessment of salt marsh resilience to sea-level rise and developing a network of native oyster restoration practitioners on the West Coast. Dr. Wasson was one of six recipients for the 2018 National Wetlands Awards. 

We look forward to the submission of nominations for the 2019 and 30th Annual National Wetlands Awards. Award recipients will be honored in Washington, DC during American Wetlands Month in May. 

Last updated by Office of Habitat Conservation on November 02, 2018