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Shekarchi, Ruggerio, Carson, Euer honored as Clean Water Association Legislator of the Year


The Rhode Island Clean Water Association has awarded House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, Rep. Lauren H. Carson and Senator Dawn Euer its 2022 Legislators of the Year.

According to a Rhode Island Assembly press release, the award recognizes outstanding legislative contributions to ensuring Rhode Island’s clean water.

Speaker Shekarchi, President Ruggerio, Rep. Carson and Senator Euer were honored for their work on the landmark climate bills (2021-S 0078A, 2021-H 5445A), enacted last year to create a An enforceable commitment to reduce all climate emissions from around the world. By 2050, Rhode Island will have net zero transportation, buildings, heating and electricity.

Representative Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport) and Sen. Euer (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown) were honored for sponsoring the legislation, Speaker Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) and President Ruggerio (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) District D-4, North Providence, Providence) was honored for its leadership in its passage.

“The Rhode Island Clean Water Association established the Clean Water Legislator of the Year Award to recognize all the hard work involved in creating substantial, effective legislation to support the water environment. The 2022 award recognizes sponsors of the Climate Act. Climate The legislation is clean water legislation as our facilities are dealing with the effects of sea level rise, floods and storms. Our members want to play an important role in meeting the greenhouse gas reduction targets set out in the Climate Act,” RICWA President Peter J. . Connell said in a statement.

The award was announced March 31 at the Rhode Island Clean Water Legislative Summit at the State Capitol. Speaker Shekarchi and President Ruggerio and Terrence Gray, Acting Director, Department of Environmental Management; Jeffrey Diehl, Executive Director and CEO, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank; Laurie Horridge, Executive Director, Narragansett Bay Commission; and Woonasquatucket Alicia Lehrer, Executive Director of the River Basin Commission. U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse spoke via video.

The Rhode Island Clean Water Association (RICWA), formerly the Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association (NWPCA), was founded in 1952 as a non-profit organization to promote information about the nature, collection, treatment, and Advances in knowledge in disposal. waste water.

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