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Nomination Criteria

The Clarke Prize is awarded to outstanding individuals who have implemented better water science research and technology to solve real-world water challenges.


Clarke Prize nominees are currently active researchers and/or practitioners in the U.S. who are focused on the discovery, development, improvement, and/or understanding of the issues associated with water quality, quantity, technology, or public policy.

Research disciplines include, but are not limited to, engineering, physical and chemical sciences, biological sciences, health sciences, political sciences, and planning and public policy.


Nominations are reviewed based on the following criteria:

Self-nominations are discouraged.



Important Dates




2014 Nomination Application


Clarke Prize nominations are no longer being accepted.


For questions, please email Gina Vartanian, the Clarke Prize Coordinator.





Clarke Prize Executive Committee

The Clarke Prize recipient is selected by the Clarke Prize Executive Committee after careful consideration of all nominations. The Committee includes:



Roy Spalding, Ph.D.

Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture
University of Nebraska, Lincoln


Menachem Elimelech, Ph.D.
Roberto C. Goizueta Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Yale University

2005 Clarke Prize Laureate


Charles I. Noss, Sc.D.
National Program Director for Water Quality, Office of Research and Development
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Joan B. Rose, Ph.D.
Nowlin Endowed Chair for Water Research
Michigan State University
2001 Clarke Prize Laureate

George Tchobanoglous, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Davis
2003 Clarke Prize Laureate


Michael P. Wehner

Assistant General Manager

Orange County Water Dsistrict