Gary Belan understands the importance of working on water issues at all levels—from national and international groups to local watershed advocates. Freshwater Future has benefited from his knowledge and perspective, and are grateful for the years of service he has given to our organization. For six years Gary has been on one or both of the boards of Freshwater Future and Freshwater Future Canada. As Senior Director at American Rivers, Gary has brought valuable insight about the issues facing organizations across the Great Lakes, federal policy, watershed politics, and green infrastructure. We wish Gary luck as he continues to work on rivers and use his passion to support groups and citizens in their fight to protect their waters. Thank you Gary for being an amazing Freshwater Hero!