Valer Clark has been restoring watersheds for over 30 years. She has dedicated herself to preserving and restoring the biodiversity of the borderland region between the United States and Mexico. In Mexico she established the foundation Cuenca de Los Ojos (Watershed of the Springs), and its sister organization (Cuenca Los Ojos) in the US, to support a network to manage, research, and restore more than 150,000 acres in the Rio Yaqui watershed of southeast Arizona and northeast Sonora. This collaborative work has led to restored habitats and revived wildlife populations, quantifying the effects through research, while spreading this successful model to other areas of the US and Mexico. A graduate of Hollins University, Valer’s outstanding conservation efforts have been recognized by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Geological Survey, as well as The Nature Conservancy. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards including Arizona Game and Fish Commission Award of excellence (twice), the 2008 National Wetlands Award, and Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales y de la Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas. Valer has received the Hollins Distinguished Alumnae Award.