Tom Christopher | USA

Tom Christopher 2013 IWHOF finalist2013 Finalist: Tom Christopher
Sport: River Conservation
Years Active: 1985-Current
Home Base: Lancaster, Massachusetts (USA)

Advocate Accomplishments:

“Tom is the reason rivers run in New England.” Sutton Bacon, Boater Talk, July 9,

Other Accomplishments:

  • 1994 Environmental Responsibility Award, Massachusetts Audubon Society & the Worchester Business Journal
  • 1994 Outstanding River Advocate, American Rivers
  • 1995 Golden Key National Honor Society, University of Massachusetts
  • 1996 Honor Role, “River Protection Act” – Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 1997 River Conservationist of the Year, Perception, Inc.
  • 1998 Taft Award. Appalachian Mountain Club, Boston, Massachusetts for Volunteer Service.
  • 2000 Who’s Who in America. Recognition for Conservation Work.
  • 2004 Legacy Award. American Whitewater, Washington, D. C. Recognition for river protection and restoration work through hydropower relicensing.

Tom Christopher has been a paddler and river advocate for more than 25 years. Due to his volunteer efforts as a board member of American Whitewater, founding Director of New England FLOW, and an early member of the Hydropower Reform Coalition, Tom successfully completed six hydropower settlements that today provides 642 guaranteed paddling days each year throughout New England. In addition, the settlements protected more than 20,000 acres of land under permanent conservation easements, provided over $1 million in conservation resource dollars, another $980,000 in recreation and fishery studies, and approximately $600,000 in direct improvements for whitewater paddlers in access and other enhancements.

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