Dr. Charlie Cooper, Research Ecologist with the Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit, National Sedimentation Laboratory, was recently awarded the ???Researcher of the Year??? Award by the Delta Council at their annual meeting in Cleveland, Mississippi. The award highlights a scientist???s contributions to research that has produced a significant impact on delta agriculture. Normally reserved for scientists that have achievements tied to some aspect of agricultural production or infrastructure, Dr. Cooper was selected because of his 30 years of environmental research in the Mississippi delta and its impact on delta water quality and aquatic habitat improvements.