Due to her work with Water Music, Marjorie was named the recipient of the international 2005 Harry E. Schlenz Medal in Public Education. This prestigious award is given by the Water Environment Federation in memory of Harry E. Schlenz, who was a leader in promoting public understanding of the need for effective water quality. The award is presented to a single individual who takes up the banner of public education about the water environment and presents it to the public in a productive process. The winner's contribution needs to be in the area of journalism, film or video production, or any other communication endeavor. Marjorie accepted the award in the Washington, DC Convention Center, November 1, 2005.
Also because of her work with Water Music, Ryerson was named the recipient of the 2003 Paul Keough Leadership Award. She received the award in Boston, January 28, 2004. The award recognizes “efforts to communicate to the public the need to protect the water environment.” It was established in 1994 in the memory of Paul Keough, a reporter for the Quincy Patriot Ledger who later became regional administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Ryerson was nominated for the award by the New England Water Environment Association, Inc. The NEWEA was formed in 1929 and is dedicated to the preservation of water quality and water resources. Ryerson also gave the keynote address at the three-day NEWEA conference at which she received the Keough award.