ANDY ALDAX CARSON RIVER WATERSHED AWARD

Award Purpose and Scope

 In 2007, Carson Water Subconservancy District (CWSD) created the Andy Aldax Award for Exemplary Service in Conservation and Protection of the Carson River Watershed Award to honor Andy Aldax, a CWSD Board member who served from its inception in 1959 until 2012.

Andy has been a life-long resident, farmer, and dairyman in the Carson Valley of northern Nevada and has demonstrated an ongoing dedication to improving his community, as well as the Carson River Watershed.  Previous awards winners are Andy Aldax, Dan Kaffer, Norm and Sue Frey, Linda Conlin, Debbi Waldear, John Cobourn, The Minor Family, Judy Wickwire, and Moody and Genie Azad.  It is time to begin the process of receiving nominations for the 2015 award.

This award recognizes individuals or organizations for significant contributions in promoting and achieving the Carson River Watershed Vision.  Please note: This award typically focuses on individual accomplishments; however, outstanding organizational level achievements may also be recognized.

Carson River Watershed Vision

  • Achieve healthy sustainable watersheds within the entire Carson River Basin;
  • Achieve improved watershed conditions, so all lands and waterways (surface and underground) safely receive, store, and release clean water for the good of all peoples, environments and natural resources of the Carson River Basin;
  • Achieve this vision through community led and private/public partnerships for implementation of local and basin wide plans and projects.

Award Criteria

Consideration for this award will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Nominee has demonstrated a commitment to Carson River Watershed conservation activities for 10 years or more;
  2. Nominee has accomplished activities consistent with the Carson River Watershed Vision Statement (see above); and
  3. Nominee is a community member, landowner, or an employee of a federal, state or local entity or an organization operating within the Watershed.

Dr. Steve Lewis – 2018 Andy Aldax Award Recipient 

DSCN2438The recipient of the Andy Aldax Award for Exemplary Service in Conservation and Protection of the Carson River Watershed for 2018 was Dr. Steve Lewis. The award, created in 2007, recognizes individuals or organizations that actively demonstrate a 10+ year commitment and accomplish plans and projects to improve and sustain the Carson River Watershed.

For over 28 years, Dr. Steve Lewis has worked tirelessly to conserve and sustain the waterways throughout the Carson River Watershed. He has been the Extension Educator in Gardnerville, Nevada since 1990 and is well-known for his dedication to serving the Carson River community.

Dr. Lewis is a founding member, champion, or sustaining supporter of dozens of movements to conserve our Carson River waters, floodplains, and natural resources: He has organized hundreds of public and private land conservation meetings and voluntarily facilitates planning workshops for local churches, schools, and any group that builds unity in our communities. He has been a respected technical resource for the Carson River Watershed at well over 4,000 meetings. Through the years, Dr. Lewis has authored numerous brochures and fact sheets about floodplain management and other best management practices for our watershed community.

Always with a smile, a kind word, and a readiness to lend a hand…Steve Lewis, a gentleman and scholar, exemplifies the Andy Aldax spirit and commitment to community and conservation.

Past Recipients of the Andy Aldax Award

Starting with Andy Aldax himself, the watershed has been enriched by the outstanding work of these past winners.

2017 Award Recipient - Juan Guzman

DSCN2195The recipient of the Andy Aldax Award for Exemplary Service in Conservation and Protection of the Carson River Watershed for 2017 was Juan Guzman. The award, created in 2007, recognizes individuals or organizations that actively demonstrate a 10+ year commitment and accomplish plans and projects to improve and sustain the Carson River Watershed.

Juan Guzman is the retired Manager of the Carson City Open Space Program. In that capacity, Mr. Guzman was instrumental in leveraging several federal, state, and city funding sources to build Carson City’s vast Open Space Land Base, including many lands in the Carson River Watershed. During his tenure, this space doubled in size, protecting over 5,000 acres of watershed lands in perpetuity.

In addition to Mr. Guzman’s land acquisition efforts, he also participated in projects designed to allow Carson City’s citizens to access the watershed and the river itself, including improvements to the Morgan Mill River Access Area and creation of the Carson River Aquatic Trail. Additionally, Mr. Guzman worked to protect Buzzy’s Ranch, Golden Eagle, Mexican Dam, Prison Hill, Silver Saddle Ranch, Ambrose Natural Area, Riverview Park, and the Carson River Park.

Since retirement Mr. Guzman remains active with the Carson Valley Trails Association and Muscle Powered and is a current member of their respective boards. He also volunteers with Carson City Open Space. He acknowledges that the partnerships, relationships, plans, and projects he has helped foster, administer, and successfully implement should be credited to the many dedicated and passionate individuals with whom he has worked. This unselfish trait may also contribute to the tremendous impact he has made toward creating a healthy, sustainable Carson River watershed.

2016 Award Recipient - Mark Kimbrough

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The recipient of the Andy Aldax Award for Exemplary Service in Conservation and Protection of the Carson River Watershed for 2016 was Mark Kimbrough. The award, created in 2007, recognizes individuals or organizations that actively demonstrate a 10+ year commitment and accomplish plans and projects to improve and sustain the Carson River Watershed.

Although Mr. Kimbrough was nominated for his most recent successes, the King’s Canyon Waterfall Trail and formation of the Eagle Valley Trails Committee, his work in the Carson River Watershed to protect the Carson River spans decades. Mark has focused on creating sustainable open spaces and trail systems throughout the Eastern Sierra Front and Carson City County personally and professionally. We appreciate all the benefits his work has provided to Carson City and our entire watershed community.

Mr. Kimbrough has lived along the Carson River since the 1980s. In 1993, he became a member of the Carson River Action Committee (CRAC) that was instrumental in creating the 1994 CRAC planning document. When voters passed a tax within Carson City to support open space, this document provided a framework to move forward to protect open spaces around the Carson River and within Carson City County. In 1997 when the largest flood on record brought a lot of attention to the Carson River, Mr. Kimbrough was an active founding member of the Carson River Coalition. Mr. Kimbrough also assisted in obtaining a a grant to build a road and self-guided trail at Ambrose Natural Area. He helped build a trail from the BLM office to Morgan Mill road. Mr. Kimbrough’s advocacy protected the Carson River when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) considered allowing a housing development at Silver Saddle Ranch. Instead, Carson City bought Silver Saddle Ranch for open space along the Carson River. Over the years, Mr. Kimbrough has participated in numerous environmental programs on the river including a two night stay at the Silver Saddle Ranch with high school seniors and a 10-day field trip “The River Runs Through” which included science components. He has worked with Dan Kaffer, Linda Conlin of River Wranglers and many other educators to expose adults and children to the Carson River and learn firsthand about the critical importance of protecting the river for the health of watershed. In accepting his award, Mr. Kimbrough encouraged the Carson Water Subconservancy District board and staff to continue monitoring and protecting the Carson River.

2015 Award Recipient - Pete Livermore

On January 21, Pete20102015, the Carson Water Subconservancy District (CWSD) posthumously awarded Pete Livermore the 2015 Andy Aldax Carson River Watershed Award for Exemplary Service in Conservation and Protection of the Carson River Watershed.  The award, created in 2007, recognizes individuals or organizations that actively demonstrate a 10+ year commitment and accomplish plans and projects to improve and sustain the Carson River Watershed.  The award was presented to Laurie Livermore, Pete Livermore’s widow who graciously spoke of Pete’s love of Carson City and his pleasure in serving on CWSD’s board for 12 years.

 

Pete Livermore was instrumental in the passing of Carson City’s Quality of Life Initiative, known as Question 18.  Funding generated through this initiative, which created Carson City’s Open Space Program, was instrumental in leveraging other public funds needed to purchase lands along the Carson River, both in Fee Title and in Easements.  Question 18 funding further leveraged public funds to develop Carson River’s recreational potential with projects, such as the Carson River Aquatic Trail, improvements to river access facilities at the Morgan Mill site, and other trail projects, including the Mexican Ditch Bridge, that have improved the public’s ability to access open spaces in the Carson River Watershed.  Additionally, Mr. Livermore supported the State of Nevada’s Question 1 Program which helped fund Carson City’s purchase of open space along the Carson River in the majority of Carson River Canyon for the enjoyment of generations to come.

As a Director on the Carson Water Subconservancy District Board for many years, Mr. Livermore brought his passion 1-21-15 AA Award to Laurie Livermore
for outdoor recreation and open space accessibility to his service.  He earnestly cared about the health and safety of the Carson River Watershed and was proactive in understanding the many challenges of flooding, invasive species, river restoration and stabilization.  Mr. Livermore strove to find solutions that were best for the citizens of the Carson River Watershed

CWSD mourns Mr. Livermore’s recent passing and is grateful for his many years of dependable and enthusiastic service to the Carson River Watershed.

2014 Award Recipients - Judy Wickwire and Moody & Genie Azad

Judy Wickwire and Genie Azad receive Andy Aldax award from CWSD Chairman Ernie Schank & Andy Aldax.

Judy Wickwire and Genie Azad receive Andy Aldax award from CWSD Chairman Ernie Schank & Andy Aldax.

Carson Water Subconservancy District (CWSD) selected Judy Wickwire of Alpine County, California, and Mahmood “Moody” and Genie Azad of Washoe Valley, Nevada to receive the 2014 Andy Aldax Carson River Watershed Award for exemplary service in conservation and protection of the Carson River Watershed.

Judy Wickwire is an active and tireless volunteer in the Carson River’s Upper Watershed in Alpine County.  She annually leads volunteer willow planting projects and completes water quality monitoring on the West Fork of the Carson River through Hope Valley.  She has served as Hope Valley Steward, Markleeville Creek Day team leader, and Snapshot Day educator.  Judy served as Vice President of the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission and was the first woman governor for Cal Trout.  Judy also served as a working member of the team that helped establish the Hope Valley Access Area and currently maintains the access sign for the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG).  She is the owner of Horse Feathers Fly Fishing School based at Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley and is a founding member of High Sierra Flycasters.  Judy assists with the Trout in the Classroom Program in Alpine County schools.  She is an avid photographer and photo documents projects for the Alpine Watershed Group, Friends of Hope Valley, and the Historical Society.

Mahmood “Moody” and Genie Azad employed their professional skills toward the protection, enhancement, and health of the Carson River Watershed.  Moody, who passed away in 2012, was an avid fisherman with an active love of the outdoors.  He was a professional engineer and worked over 25 years in the water resource field.  Much of his career was spent in the Carson River Watershed.  His work included stormwater management, water quality studies, and flood and river restoration/bank stabilization projects.  Moody communicated well with people on every level, sharing both his knowledge and enthusiasm for environmental protection.  He is best recognized for his work on total maximum daily load (TMDL) research. Genie Azad is a passionate environmental leader with over 17 years of experience in Nevada and Northern California.  She shared her knowledge and enthusiasm as CWSD’s Watershed Coordinator from 2002-2011.  Genie successfully coordinated the Carson River Coalition (CRC) process, helped develop the Carson River Stewardship Plan and the Carson River Regional Floodplain Management Plan, and managed grants for many projects and studies.  Genie currently serves as a volunteer board member with River Wrangler’s, a local watershed education non-profit organization.

2013 Award Recipients - Minor Family of Dayton Valley

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Andy Aldaz presents the Minor Clan with the 2013 Andy Aldax Award with CWSD Chairman Ernie Schank.

The Minor Family of Dayton, Nevada, received the 2013 Andy Aldax Award for exemplary service in conservation and protection of the Carson River Watershed.  Nominated for demonstrating watershed conservation, community leadership, on-the-ground education and conservation projects, the Minor Family has been hard at work for 64 years.  Three generations of Minor Family members, patriarch Gene (deceased) and matriarch Delphine, with son Tom, and daughters Mary and Julie, and their respective families, have donated over 3,000 volunteer hours toward conservation efforts in the Carson River Watershed.  Over the years, the family has actively participated in multiple community boards, authored state legislation, received 4-H Leader of the Year (Delphine), and led numerous tours of their Dayton Valley ranch to demonstrate conservation measures.  They even host the annual community Easter Egg Hunt.  In her nomination letter, Linda Conlin, River Wranglers President, stated, “The Minor Family Ranch not only supports the vision of the Carson River Coalition, Tom actively participated in developing our vision.  The Minor Family is one of the founding families of the Middle Carson River Carson River Management Planning Group (CRMP) and the Dayton Valley Conservation District.  Generous with their time and resources, the Minor Family Ranch practices conservation, education, and service to community.”  CWSD is grateful for their many years of dependable and enthusiastic service to the entire Carson River Watershed.

2012 Award Recipient - John Cobourn

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CWSD Chairman Chuch Roberts and Andy Aldax bestow the 2012 Andy Aldax award upon John Cobourn.

The Carson Water Subconservancy District awarded John Cobourn the 2012 Andy Aldax Carson River Watershed Award for exemplary service in conservation and protection of the Carson River Watershed on January 18, 2012. This award was created in 2007 to recognize individuals or organizations for significant contributions in promoting and achieving the Carson River Watershed Vision Statement. Mr. Cobourn was nominated for his active involvement in the Carson River Coalition’s (CRC) efforts to raise watershed awareness, improve Carson River water quality and protect the River’s channels and floodplain from urban and residential development through educational programs and publications. Mr. Cobourn works for the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and has been very active in the Carson River watershed since 1998. Mr. Cobourn helped organize the 1998 Carson River Watershed conference which established the concept of the Carson River Coalition. Since that time, Mr. Cobourn has continuously served on various Carson River Coalition committees and working groups. Mr. Cobourn authored/co-authored numerous publications about the Carson River and has helped to plan conferences, draft watershed plans, and obtain grant funding for watershed education programs. Most recently, he participated in river cleanup days, Project WET youth education, and dresses as a “watershed steward” in the Nevada Day CRC parade float. He has also served on the project team for Carson Clear Water Revival for the past two years, a program to reduce sediment flows of residential properties. Not only has he given his time as a water resource professional, he has also volunteered untold hours which benefited the Carson River watershed. We continue to be grateful for his many years of dependable and enthusiastic service to the entire Carson River watershed.

2011 Award Recipient - Debi Waldear

Debbi Waldear is presented with 2011 Andy Award from CWSD Chairman Doug Johnson and Andy Aldax.

Debbi Waldear is presented with 2011 Andy Award from CWSD Chairman Doug Johnson and Andy Aldax.

Carson Water Subconservancy District selected Debbi Waldear to receive the 2011 Andy Aldax Carson River Watershed Award for exemplary service in conservation and protection of the Carson River Watershed.  Ms. Waldear was nominated for founding the Friends of Hope Valley, a group dedicated to the protection of Hope Valley for the sake of open space and recreation.  Ms. Waldear has been a tireless volunteer as an active member of the Alpine Watershed Group and regularly participates in the citizen water quality monitoring and bio-assessment programs, as well as the CWSD “Get On the Bus” tours and other community outreach programs.  We are grateful for her 20+ years of consistent, unpaid service to her community and the Carson River watershed at large.

2010 Award Recipient - Linda Conlin

Linda Conlin is presented with the 2010 Andy Aldax award by CWSD Chairman Doug Johnson and Andy Aldax.

Linda Conlin is presented with the 2010 Andy Aldax award by CWSD Chairman Doug Johnson and Andy Aldax.

Carson Water Subconservancy District selected Linda Conlin to receive the 2010 Andy Aldax Carson River Watershed Award for exemplary service in conservation and protection of the Carson River Watershed.  Ms. Conlin was nominated for founding the River Wranglers, a program which promotes high school student mentoring to teach younger children about environmental stewardship in the Carson River watershed.  Ms. Conlin’s dedicated service over the past 15 years has helped to plan and organize various programs and events including Conserve and Celebrate the Carson River Workdays, Trout in the Classroom, Make a Splash with Project WET and Snapshot Day, as well as the Carson River Watershed Interactive Learning Center at the Northern Nevada Children’s Museum.

2009 Award Recipients - Norm and Sue Frey

Norm and Sue Frey are awarded the 2009 Andy Aldax award by CWSD Chairman Gwen Washburn and Andy Aldax.

Norm and Sue Frey are awarded the 2009 Andy Aldax award by CWSD Chairman Gwen Washburn and Andy Aldax.

Carson Water Subconservancy District selected Norm and Sue Frey to receive the 2009 Andy Aldax Carson River Watershed Award for exemplary service in conservation and protection of the Carson River Watershed. Mr. and Mrs. Frey were nominated for their life-long professional and voluntary work with various community organizations focused on agriculture and conservation efforts.  The Frey family spent years working with Trust for Public Lands and several funding agencies to place a conservation easement on their property located on the Carson River in Churchill County.  For many years the Freys have invited schoolchildren to their property to educate them about the watershed, erosion control, wildlife habitat, and the importance of the river to the community.

2008 Award Recipient - Dan Kaffer

Dan Kaffer is awarded the 2009 Andy Aldax Award by CWSD Chairman Bob Milz and Andy Aldax.

Dan Kaffer is awarded the 2009 Andy Aldax Award by CWSD Chairman Bob Milz and Andy Aldax.

Carson Water Subconservancy District chose Dan Kaffer to receive the 2008 Andy Aldax Carson River Watershed Award for exemplary service in conservation and protection of the Carson River Watershed.  Mr. Kaffer was nominated by the Washoe Tribe for his more than 13 years of professional and voluntary work with various community organizations focused on conservation efforts.  Since the late 1990’s, Mr. Kaffer has organized educational river days throughout the Carson River Watershed, which has involved thousands of youth and adults, as well as initiating the Eagles and Agriculture Program in Carson Valley.

2007 Award Recipient - Andy Aldax

CWSD Chairman Bob Milz and Vice-Chairman Kelly Kite recognize Andy Aldax for his lifetime of work in the Carson River Watershed by awarding him the first annual award.

CWSD Chairman Bob Milz and Vice-Chairman Kelly Kite recognize Andy Aldax for his lifetime of work in the Carson River Watershed by awarding him the first annual award.

The Winter 2012 CWSD Newsletter article published when Andy retired best describes why Andy is the namesake and first recipient of this award:

Andy Aldax served on the Carson Water Subconservancy District board for 53 years. He is CWSD’s longest standing director – serving on the board since its inception. Andy grew up in Carson Valley and, as a dairy farmer, has been a tireless agricultural advocate for his community, the entire watershed, and the State of Nevada. He has also served with the following groups:

  • CWSD Director since CWSD’s inception in 1959 and didn’t retire until 2012
  • Carson Truckee Water Conservancy District Director from 1981 – 2013
  • Farm Bureau: Long-time member of this grassroots organization
  • Agricultural Adjustment Act (Predecessor to Farm Service Agency): Board member
  • Farm Service Agency: Various committees
  • Carson Truckee Water Conservancy District: Director since 1981
  • Alpine Land and Reservoir: Board Member (~1959-2008)
  • Carson Valley Conservation District: Board member in the 1960’s
  • Farmer’s Home Administration Board
  • Western Nevada Resources Conservation & Development: 30-year board member
  • 4-H youth program: Involvement promoting agriculture through the years

Over the years Andy has also devoted time to many local community causes. He has served as a school board member, as an advisory board member for Douglas County branch of Western Nevada Community College, and as an active member at St. Galls Catholic Church. Andy is still serving as Chairman on the Allerman / Virginia Ditch Company’s Board in Carson Valley to ensure water is transported efficiently through the system. He’s done all this service while being, as his wife Carol states, “such a wonderful loving, caring, and thoughtful husband, father and grandfather” to their sons Mark (Alison) and Gary, their daughter Julie (Scott), and their grandchildren Lindsey, Rachel, Seth, and Lewis.

Andy’s extensive knowledge of the water delivery systems in the Carson Valley have been and are still invaluable. Even though retired we still call him whenever a question arises. The CWSD Board and staff appreciate that Andy has done all these things, yet also has infused CWSD meetings with his wry humor, courtesy, and thoughtfulness. Thank you, Andy, for your many years of faithful service – it’s been a great run on our board!