Nominations for Aldax watershed award due Nov. 18

A plaque showing past winners of the Andy Aldax award.

A plaque showing past winners of the Andy Aldax award.

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The Carson Water Subconservancy District is seeking nominations for the 2023 Andy Aldax Award that highlights individuals and organizations who have worked to protect and conserve the Carson River watershed.
Andy Aldax was a lifelong resident, farmer, and dairyman in Carson Valley and a CWSD board member since its inception in 1959. He died in 2020.
“He served for 53 years,” CWSD General Manager Ed James said Monday. “Andy was very dedicated to the watershed, and that’s why we created this award on his behalf, for all the years he spent with CWSD, one of the original appointees to the board back in 1959 — a very young Andy.”
James said Aldax was committed to protecting the watershed for future generations.

Andy Aldax


“He always wanted to preserve agriculture, the environment, and ensure water resources for everyone,” he said.The award was initiated in 2007 and recognizes individuals and organizations for “significant contributions in promoting and achieving the Carson River Watershed vision.”

Nominees should have demonstrated a commitment to watershed conservation activities for 10 or more years. They should have also produced accomplishments toward goals as outlined in the Carson River Watershed Vision Statement, which can be viewed at Nominees can be an organization, landowner, community member, or employee of a federal, state, or local entity living or working in the Carson River watershed.
CWSD will review the list of nominees and present the award at the Jan. 18, 2023, Board of Directors meeting. Those interested in nominating can submit a one-page narrative outlining how the nominee meets the guidelines. Submissions should be sent via email by Nov. 18 to Catrina Schambra at
“We award it every year at the January board meeting, and we invite winners to invite friends and family to be there,” Schambra said Monday. “It’s very ceremonial.”
While Aldax left his mark on local conservation efforts, the award recognizes all the people and groups that have worked to protect the watershed, James said.

According to the CWSD, the Carson River runs approximately 184 miles and encompasses approximately 3,966 square miles of drainage area.
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