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Russ Busch, Water Hero 2010

Russ grew up in Pullman where he fished the rivers of northern Idaho and eastern Washington, hunted pheasants in the Palouse hills with this father and grandfather, and developed a love of the outdoors. He attended WSU where he studied English and went on to graduate from the UW School of Law. After earning his JD he went on to serve as a clerk in the Washington State Court of Appeals before commencing his career as a practicing attorney. Over the years, particularly after joining Evergreen Legal Services in 1976, he handled many environmental matters on behalf of Indian tribes in the Northwest, including opposition to the Skagit Nuclear Plant and the High Ross and Copper Creek Dams, none of which were built. As an advocate for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe he fought to save the historic Tse-whit-zen Village from destruction and remove the dams on the Elwha River. His passion for restoring the Elwha salmon runs culminated in the nationally publicized recent removal of the Elwha Dam with the Glines Canyon Dam set to be removed next year.

We are honored to present Russ with the Ralph W. Johnson Water Hero Award for his landmark advocacy.

Water Heroes
1. Rachel Paschal Osborn, Water Hero 2001
2. Benella Caminiti, Water Hero 2004
3. Nancy Rust, Water Hero 2006
4. Mickey Gendler, Water Hero 2008
5. Russ Busch, Water Hero 2010
6. Harriet Bullitt, Water Hero 2011
7. NW Indian Fisheries Commission, Water Hero 2012
8. Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Water Hero 2013
9. Ann Aagaard, Water Hero 2014
10. Upper Columbia United Tribes, Water Heroes 2015
11. Professor William H. Rodgers Jr., Water Hero 2016
12. Dr. John Osborn, Water Hero 2017
13. Water Heroes 2018
14. In Memory of Nancy Shuttleworth Rust: Former CELP Board President & Ralph W. Johnson Water Hero Awardee
15. Larry Wasserman, Water Hero 2019
16. Professor Emeritus Robert Anderson, Water Hero 2020
17. Sharon Haensly, Water Hero 2021
18. Kimberly Ordon aka KO, Water Hero 2021
19. Daryl Williams, Water Hero 2022
20. Carla Carlson Named 2023 Water Hero
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