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Handy honored as Clean Water Association Legislator of the Year
STATE HOUSE – The Clean Water Association has honored Rep. Arthur Handy as its 2021 Legislator of the Year.
The award recognizes outstanding legislative contributions to ensuring clean water for Rhode Island. Representative Handy was recognized for his sponsorship of and strong advocacy for the Resilient Rhode Island Act, which coordinated the state’s efforts to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions while advancing the public’s understanding of changes in sea level, severe weather events and critical infrastructure vulnerability.
“The Rhode Island Clean Water Association created the Clean Water Legislator of the Year Award to recognize all the hard work involved in getting substantial, effective legislation enacted in support of the water environment. The 2021 award was given to Representative Arthur Handy as the architect of the Resilient Rhode Island Act to address climate change, which is having a major impact on our clean water facilities,” said RICWA President Peter J. Connell.
The award was announced during the Rhode Island Clean Water Legislative Summit, held virtually Feb. 25. House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Senator Jack Reed and Congressman Jim Langevin all spoke, along with R.I. Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit, Narragansett Bay Commission Executive Director Laurie Horridge and Save the Bay Executive Director Jonathan Stone.
Established in 1952, the Rhode Island Clean Water Association (RICWA), formerly the Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association (NWPCA), is a nonprofit organization created to promote the advancement of knowledge concerning the nature, collection, treatment, and disposal of domestic and industrial wastewaters.
Rep. Arthur Handy (D-Dist. 18, Cranston), left, and House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi with the Clean Water Association 2021 Legislator of the Year Award.
For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
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