Iowa Environmental Council Honors Susan Judkins for Lifetime Achievement in Advancing Water Quality

June 22, 2023

Judkins, who serves as RDG’s Client Development Director, was recognized for exemplary efforts in Iowa's water quality improvement and environmental sustainability.

On Thursday, June 15, 2023, the Iowa Environmental Council gathered with partners and friends to celebrate the 10th Annual Pro H2O event. This occasion aims to raise awareness about the pressing water quality issues affecting Iowa's recreational and drinking water and serves as a platform to recognize and honor individuals, organizations and businesses that have made remarkable contributions towards improving waterways and creating a safe, healthy environment for all Iowans. The IEC acknowledged the efforts of seven outstanding recipients. Among these deserving individuals was Susan Judkins, client development director at RDG Planning & Design, who was presented with a lifetime achievement award.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Iowa Environmental Council,” said Judkins. “I’m proud to have helped to pass legislation establishing criteria for Watershed Management Authorities and serve the City of Clive on the Walnut Creek and Raccoon River Watershed Management Authorities as an elected official. More than anything, I’m grateful that this work has contributed to the betterment of our state and improved the lives of Iowans.”

Judkins, left, accepts her IEC Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo courtesy of the Iowa Environmental Council.

Judkins has dedicated her career to advocating for sensible water quality measures, both among legislators and within Iowa communities. She began her journey of advocacy with the Iowa League of Cities, where she championed the cause of water quality; her commitment continued at Rebuild Iowa, where she played an important role in disaster recovery efforts. Throughout the past decade, Judkins has actively participated in multiple watershed management authorities, including those of North Raccoon, Upper Cedar and Walnut Creek, Iowa. Judkins is actively engaged in coordinating the Iowa Climate Assessment project, expected to be completed by early 2024, which will inform Iowans about challenges posed by climate change in their state.

“We commend Susan for her unwavering commitment to water quality and her exceptional contributions to the field. Her dedication and tireless efforts serve as an inspiration to all Iowans as we strive to create a sustainable future for our state,” said RDG Managing Principal, Justin Platts, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP.  

As a current council person for the City of Clive, Judkins has consistently promoted responsible stormwater planning, infrastructure design and watershed projects. Her involvement as a council member, in advocacy organizations and her work at RDG allow her to contribute significantly to the development and implementation of effective water management strategies.

Written by Erin Van Zee, Communications Director