The Ron Bowen Environmental Legacy Award

Honoring a public servant who has gone above and beyond to foster environmental stewardship.

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This award honors the legacy of WSA co-founder, Ron Bowen by recognizing an individual who has made a unique contribution to environmental stewardship in Anne Arundel County by connecting  government or institutional resources with private sector investments to generate significant environmental actions.  

The Award presentation will be made during WSA’s Annual Spring into Action Conference on Saturday, February 23rd at Northeast High School. 


  • Nominee must be a local, state, or federal government or non-profit employee

  • Nominee must have made a significant contribution to a project spearheaded by a WSA Steward

Application Details:

  • Nominations must be submitted by January 25th

  • Questions may be directed to Suzanne Etgen or 443-871-0700

About Ron Bowen

Ron Bowen served as the Director of the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works, DPW. Ron was recognized for his outstanding leadership in establishing county wide environmental assessment data and state of the art restoration solutions. Ron retired from his director position in 2013 and unfortunately, he passed away in May of 2018.

One of Ron’s proudest roles was as a co-founder of the Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy, WSA. Ron recognized that we could maximize our environmental action by combining the resources of Department of Public Works with an engaged population of trained environmental leaders. Ron’s organizational and technical skills were crucial in developing WSA’s mission and structure.

Ron served as an integral advisor to WSA, assisting in training and developing a unique relationship with concerned community leaders. Ron strongly believed that government alone could not solve our environmental problems. If we combined government resources with the enthusiasm of trained community leaders, we could create an army of empowered citizens. Ron was tireless in this effort, devoting countless hours that went far beyond his job description. He never said, “This is not my job.” He rolled up his sleeves and got directly involved in countless community projects. He truly became an environmental hero who was loved and respected by his professional colleagues and the residents of Anne Arundel County.

WSA initiated the Ron Bowen Environmental Legacy Award in 2018 as part of its 10th Anniversary Celebration. The intent is to honor the legacy of Ron’s contributions, which have lived on as a model of government leadership, and continues to be a critical foundation for the success of WSA. The Award will recognize and honor the efforts of an individual who comes from a local, state, or federal government agency or a non-profit organization. The purpose of the Award is to honor Ron and the awardee, and to encourage the continuation of Ron Bowen’s vision of agency and citizen partnership to make Anne Arundel County a cleaner and healthier place to live.

Read more about Ron’s impact here.