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UDC Seeks Nominations for 33rd Annual River Valley Awards by July 23

NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) will accept public nominations through July 23 for its 33rd Annual Awards Ceremony coming up on September 12.

“These awards are intended to honor the contributions that individuals, organizations, communities, and government agencies have made to enhancing the quality of life or protecting the resources in the Upper Delaware River region,” said UDC Executive Director Laurie Ramie. “We would like the entire river community to be involved in the nomination process.”

Nine categories are available, in addition to the Oaken Gavel Award traditionally given by the Council to the past year’s chairperson. Nomination forms and a list of past award recipients are available on-line at or upon request.

The nominations may take any written form. Supporting information and a full contact for the nominee would be appreciated.

Please submit them to the UDC office at P.O. Box 192, 211 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764, fax to (845) 252-3359, or e-mail to

The Sunday, Sept. 12, ceremony will take place at Central House Family Resort located at 81 Milanville Road in Beach Lake, PA. The public is welcome. Festivities will include a 3 p.m. reception, 4 p.m. dinner, keynote address, and presentation of awards. Further details on the keynote speaker’s identity and how to register by a deadline of Sept. 3 will be announced.

Nominations are sought for the following award categories: 2021 Award Nomination Form

Distinguished Service Award – Given to an individual who has acted with distinction in support of the goals and objectives of the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River. This is the UDC’s highest honor.

Robin M. Daniels Memorial Lifesaving Award – Given to individual(s) who, through an act of selfless heroism, saved the life of a person or persons in imminent peril.

Community Service Award – Given to the individual, community, sportsmen’s or conservation group, or other entity that took action to protect the river corridor, or one or more of its valuable resources.

Cultural Achievement Award – Given to the organization or individual whose work promoted, enhanced, or interpreted the cultural resources of the Upper Delaware River Valley.

Recreation Achievement Award – Given to an organization or individual that made an outstanding effort to educate river users about such subjects as water safety, conservation, litter control, river etiquette, and property rights.

Outstanding Community Achievement Award – Given to a municipality to recognize significant action to protect the river corridor.

Partnership Award – Given to a government agency or regional entity instituting new programs or policies, or engaging in cooperative ventures, in support of the River Management Plan.

Volunteer Award – Given to the individual or organization who contributed significant time and energy in service of the Upper Delaware River Valley.

Award(s) of Recognition – Given to those who have made substantial efforts in the past year to improve the Upper Delaware’s quality of life and resources.

Nominations will be evaluated by a UDC subcommittee. The list of honorees will be announced in early August.

While the UDC was forced to cancel the 2020 Awards Ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council honored a slate of 32nd annual award recipients through publication of a souvenir booklet with descriptions and photos, and on-line tributes. Those honorees will be invited as special guests to attend this year’s banquet. That awards program is available on the UDC website under Publications.

For more information, please contact UDC Executive Director Laurie Ramie at (845) 252-3022 or


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