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Water Heroes 2018

Sara Foster, Laura Leigh Brakke, David Stalheim, Eric Hirst, Wendy Harris

These five honorees started out as concerned citizens who simply saw an issue and asked what they could do. Their tenacity eventually brought them to the Washington Supreme Court where they stood up for Washington’s waters on behalf of all of us and won. In 2015, the Foster decision confirmed that the Department of Ecology—responsible for managing the state’s waterways—cannot issue new water rights that will permanently deplete protected flows in rivers and may not use non-water environmental restoration projects as a basis for issuing water rights. In 2016, the Hirst decision reaffirmed that new wells may not impair more senior water users, including instream flows. Both of these bills ultimately resulted in improved protections and management of our state’s rivers and streams.

 

 

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. Larry Wasserman, Water Hero 2019
15. Professor Emeritus Robert Anderson, Water Hero 2020
16. Sharon Haensly, Water Hero 2021
17. Kimberly Ordon aka KO, Water Hero 2021
18. Daryl Williams, Water Hero 2022
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