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A Charles Cushman direct mail letter dated November 20, 1990, announced that the Yellowstone Regional Citizens Coalition (YRCC) had been organized "to give you a voice." The coalition is composed of about 40 commodity, multiple-use, recreation, and local government groups.
"The grant of pounds 10,000 was then returned by the group in June 2009." Bill Cross, acting chief executive of YRCC, said they had been forced to ask for their cash back.
Clr Turner added that the parish council had sought clarification from the YRCC on what its grant to the Denby Parish Community Action Group could be used for.
The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Council recognised YRCC's remarkable progress in overcoming natural and man-made challenges through innovative and sustainable policies and solutions that have enabled the Yellow River to flow unabated over the last 10 years.
By regulating water and sediment flow in a river that has the highest average annual sediment transporting volume and concentration in the world, YRCC has been able to significantly reduce the risk of devastating floods that the Yellow River waspreviously associated with - protecting the 90 million people living in the flood-prone areas downstream of the river from loss of lives and damage to livelihoods and property.
Commenting on the achievements of YRCC, Mr Tan Gee Paw, Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Nominating Committee said: "The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize celebrates the outstanding achievements of YRCC in integrated river basin management that is unrivalled in scale.
YRCC will receive the award from Singapore's first Prime Minister and present Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew at Singapore International Water Week 2010 which will be held from June 28 to July 2, 2010.
With 9 provinces and regions along the 5,464-kilometres long river, YRCC adopts a consultative approach to secure the support of the provincial governments and the people to equitably allocate waterfor domestic, industrial and agricultural uses, thus preventing abuse and over-exploitation of water resources.
To augment its integrated water allocation programme, YRCC also puts in place emergency response plans to manage, control and mitigate major water pollution incidents.
The YRCC is a charitable organisation which aims to help people in rural communities improve their quality of life.
Stephen Hall, competition co-ordinator at the YRCC, said:
To enter, groups need an entry form from Stephen Hall at YRCC, William House, Shipton Road, Skelton, York YO30 1XF.
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