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Pulitzer Prize Winner to be Honored at Water Event


Des Moines – Recent Pulitzer Prize winner, Art Cullen, will be among four honored at Pro H2O – Thirsty for Change, an event hosted by the Iowa Environmental Council on June 1, 2017 at The Science Center of Iowa.

Cullen received the Pulitzer Prize for a series of ten editorials focused on the trail of money funding the legal defense of Sac, Buena Vista and Calhoun counties in the Des Moines Water Works Lawsuit. The names of donors to this defense fund were being kept secret, and The Storm Lake Times worked persistently with the Iowa Freedom of Information Council to reveal the funding sources.

Pro H20 – Thirsty for Change will also recognize conservation leaders Liz Garst, Franklin Codel on behalf of the Wells Fargo Green Team and RDG Planning and Design for their continued commitment to Iowa’s environment.

What: Fourth Annual Pro H2O – Thirsty for Change

When: Thursday, June 1, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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Where: The Science Center of Iowa, 401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines

The event will include drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music from Chicago artist Shawn Munday.

This event is open to all who wish to celebrate and support a shared vision for clean water, healthy land and continued advocacy for Iowa’s environment. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased at All proceeds from Pro H2O will benefit the Iowa Environmental Council’s work to advocate for and advance policies that support a sustainable future for Iowa.

The Iowa Environmental Council would like to thank this year’s generous Pro H2O sponsors:

BNIM, Catherine Cownie and Damien Lock, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa Rivers Revival, The Leopold Center, Cyril and John Mandelbaum, Loraine May, Pamela and Doug Mollenhauer, NCP, Inc., Prairie Meadows, RDG Planning and Design, John D. Schmidt and Deb Wiley and Virtual IT.

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