The coalitions include local jurisdictions and tribes that have teamed up to protect habitat, identify pollution sources, and/or engage in clean-up efforts to improve water quality. Additionally, Pat Pearson of the Jefferson County WSU Extension was honored for her 20-year career in education and outreach on water quality issues.
Legislators whose districts include the areas bordering Hood Canal had plenty of praise for the honorees and their ongoing efforts. Representatives Steve Tharinger, Drew Hansen, Sherry Appleton, Fred Finn and Kathy Haigh all weighed in to offer their congratulations and underscore the importance of the work being done. A clean and healthy Hood Canal – and Puget Sound – are vital to the economies and quality of life in their respective districts. Of course, the health of Puget Sound impacts our entire state, which is why we should all tip our hats to the work these awardees are doing.