Each year since 1976, the authority has presented awards to individuals, families, organizations and businesses that have taken action to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Grand River watershed.

Ten years ago this month the Fergus Lions Club got the shovel in the ground to plant the first trees in the Grand River Arboretum in Fergus. This quiet area of remembrance beside the Grand River now has 350 trees with commemorative plaques to remember loved ones. There are also many benches for quiet contemplation. The group has held many work days and planting days to create this arboretum, which is now complete.