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Rachel Paschal Osborn, Water Hero 2001

Throughout her career, Rachel has been a staunch defender of the public interest, providing representation to Indigenous Tribes, environmental NGOs, labor unions, and small communities. Also a dedicated educator, her commitment to inspiring the next generation of water law and…

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Benella Caminiti, Water Hero 2004

Benella holds a BS in Zoology from the University of California Santa Barbara and worked as a research analyst in New York until she moved to Seattle in 1964 to take a job with the University of Washington's Regional Primate…

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Nancy Rust, Water Hero 2006

A member of Washington State's House of Representatives from 1981-1996, Nancy began a life of political activism by joining the League of Women Voters in the mid-1950s. As a member of the League, Nancy worked on voter registration campaigns, numerous…

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Mickey Gendler, Water Hero 2008

Mickey is a public interest environmental lawyer who has represented countless environmental groups and individuals to protect and restore Washington’s shorelines, waterways and natural resources.

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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…

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Harriet Bullitt, Water Hero 2011

Harriet—granddaughter of C.D. Stimson, owner of Seattle’s largest sawmill and a real estate tycoon whose Metropolitan Building Corp. helped reshape the city after the great fire of 1889—is a renowned philanthropist, conservationist, and savvy businesswoman. She is particularly well known…

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Ann Aagaard, Water Hero 2014

For over 40 years Ann has been a faithful and wise steward of our state waters and land, and of our communities, whole-heartedly committed to good government as the means by which public stewardship is exercised.  In that good work…

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Upper Columbia United Tribes, Water Heroes 2015

The five tribal members of the Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) include the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Spokane Tribe of Indians, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, and the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho. Even…

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