I just received a very pleasant email which certainly put me in a good mood for the holiday weekend. My division chief just notified me that I'll be getting an award for my handling of this year's Spring runoff. All I did was make a simple suggestion that based on the amount of snow in the mountains and the amount of water that needed to be stored, there would be adequate flows to do some creative water management to restore the river's ecosystem. With just a little cooperation from the parties involved, we could all make a big difference. To me it was just good water management. To many others it was a brilliant strategy. A plan was quickly put together and implemented. From the data that were collected it seemed that the experiment was a huge success. It quickly became known as "my" event. So while I greatly appreciated the pats on the back that I received, it is even better that that gratitude is now being shown in a more substantial way. On a deeper level I'm just happy that my work is still appreciated even though many times it feels as if I don't matter.