According to James Ehlers, Executive Director of Lake Champlain International, “The Connecticut is New England’s iconic river, and David Deen is its iconic advocate. He is a true River Hero in every sense. His leadership, knowledge, and dedication have won significant environmental protections for the four-state Connecticut River Watershed and for the entire state of Vermont.”
As the River Steward for the Connecticut River Watershed Council, Deen has been responsible for public education and advocacy on issues in the Vermont and New Hampshire reach of the river since 1998. The job included regulatory affairs, river cleanup, hydro dam relicensing, and presentations to citizen groups about the river.
Deen has served in the Vermont Legislature for 29 years as chair of the Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Committee among other assignments including ranking member of the House Rules Committee. He also serves on the board of the Connecticut River Chapter of Trout Unlimited and as a member of the Vermont Community Foundation. He tries to fish whenever he can and represents fishing interests on the Vermont Connecticut River Joint Commissions.
River Network will present a hand-carved paddle award to each of the winners during the 2017 River Heroes banquet and awards ceremony on May 11 in Grand Rapids, MI, as part of the organization’s annual River Rally conference. Now in its 18th year, River Rally attracts more than 400 river enthusiasts, water protectors, and conservation practitioners from across the country for education, inspiration, and celebration with one another.
For details about the River Hero program visit www.rivernetwork.org/events-learning/awards/river-heroes/.