Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the Legislative Press and Public Information Bureau.
STATE HOUSE –The Rhode Island Clean Water Association has honored House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, Rep. Lauren H. Carson and Sen. Dawn Euer as its 2022 Legislators of the Year.
The award recognizes legislative contributions to ensuring clean water in Rhode Island.
Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport) and Euer (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown) were honored for sponsoring the legislation, and Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) and Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence)were honored for their work on the landmark Act on Climate (2021-S 0078A, 2021-H 5445A), legislation enacted last year to create an enforceable commitment to reduce all climate emissions from transportation, buildings, heating and electricity in Rhode Island to net zero by 2050.
Carson and Euer were honored for sponsoring the legislation, and Shekarchi and Ruggerio were honored for their leadership in its passage.
“The Rhode Island Clean Water Association created the Clean Water Legislator of the Year Award to recognize all the hard work involved in getting substantial, effective legislation enacted in support of the water environment. The 2022 awards recognize the sponsors of the Act on Climate. Climate legislation is clean water legislation, as our facilities are dealing with rising sea levels, flooding and storm impacts. Our members hope to play a major role in achieving the greenhouse gas reduction goals established in the Act on Climate,” said RICWA president Peter J. Connell.
The award was announced during the Rhode Island Clean Water Legislative Summit, held March 31 at the State House. Shekarchi and Ruggerio spoke, along with Terrence Gray, acting director of the Department of Environmental Management; Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank Executive Director & CEO Jeffrey Diehl; Narragansett Bay Commission Executive Director Laurie Horridge; and Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council Executive Director Alicia Lehrer. U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse spoke via video.
Established in 1952, the Rhode Island Clean Water Association (RICWA), formerly the Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association (NWPCA), is a nonprofit organization created to promote the advancement of knowledge concerning the nature, collection, treatment, and disposal of domestic and industrial wastewaters.
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