TRK Announces 2020 Green Heron Award Winner

Due to recommendations from the CDC, Tualatin Riverkeepers are taking every precaution to respond responsibly to COVID-19. We have decided to cancel all events through the end of April. In the interest of public safety, we are rescheduling our Green Heron Gala for September. All purchased tickets will be fully honored at the rescheduled event. Thank you for your understanding.

We are delighted to recognize Bob Baumgartner as our 2020 Green Heron Award Winner. The award will be presented at our Green Heron Gala which has been rescheduled for September.

The Green Heron Award is presented to an individual or group whose action in the Tualatin River watershed best supports the mission of Tualatin Riverkeepers as demonstrated by support and/or participation in events and activities of Riverkeepers’ or independent Tualatin watershed efforts.

Bob Baumgartner currently serves as Clean Water Services (CWS) Regulatory Affairs Director where they work to enhance the environment and quality of life in the Tualatin River watershed through visionary and collaborative management of water resources in partnership with others. Bob’s role at CWS is to make sure they anticipate and meet the future needs of the watershed. CWS has a long-standing partnership with Tualatin Riverkeepers as we both work to improve the overall health of the watershed. Prior to his current job, Bob worked for twenty years at Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Backed with a passion for water quality, Bob believes strongly that a healthy environment is important for public health, our community and even our economy. Through his work at DEQ and CWS, Bob has continually supported Tualatin Riverkeepers’ mission and aided our staff. In the last year alone Bob addressed every pollution threat brought to his attention by Tualatin Riverkeepers staff quickly and efficiently, and provided increased bacteria monitoring in the summer months at Tualatin Riverkeepers’ request. Bob also works directly with Tualatin Riverkeepers through his work as Board Chair of the Tualatin River Watershed Council.

When asked to reflect on why groups such as Tualatin Riverkeepers are so crucial to conservation efforts, Bob stated:

I cannot stress enough the importance of groups like TRK. The visionaries at TRK were critical to the efforts to recover the Tualatin River and they continue to work for a healthy Tualatin Basin. The work TRK does in education and communication — advocating for the river — is critical to ensure we continue to make improvements in the Tualatin Basin.

Please join Tualatin Riverkeepers at our Green Heron Gala as we honor Bob Baumgartner for his outstanding efforts in our watershed!

For more information about the event contact Margot at or (503)218-2580.