The Nature Conservancy’s Chris Davis issued this statement responding to last night’s official launch of the Congressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus:
“It’s inspiring to see freshmen Congressmen Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck show such strong leadership on Puget Sound recovery. We have high hopes for what this Caucus, in partnership with Senators Cantwell and Murray, can accomplish. Puget Sound is the economic engine of one of the nation’s strongest regional economies , a magnet for regional tourism, and a factory for salmon and shellfish. In a region of 4.5 million people, Puget Sound shapes the economy and the identity of the communities that call this place home. The federal government plays a key role in protecting and restoring the Sound through its investments and the actions of federal agencies. Bold champions in Congress can make all the difference in ensuring that we have the momentum, resources and national attention to get the job done.”
To read the Heck/Kilmer press release, see below.
Read more about the Conservancy’s work to recover Puget Sound.
To learn about Washington Environmental Council’s People for Puget Sound program, see http://wecprotects.org/issues-campaigns/puget-sound
OFFICE OF CONGRESSMAN DENNY HECK
WASHINGTON’S 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
For Immediate Release Monday, June 3
For more information, contact:
HECK: Phil Gardner 253-226-7137
KILMER: Stephen Carter 206-949-9739
Heck and Kilmer Announce Launch of Congressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus
Reflecting their commitment to preserving the health and beauty of the Puget Sound, Representatives Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer have co-founded the Congressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus. The caucus is the only Congressional working group devoted exclusively to promoting Puget Sound cleanup efforts, and will build on the legacy left by former Congressman Norm Dicks, a longtime advocate for the health of the Puget Sound.
Representative Derek Kilmer said, “The Pacific Northwest is a special place to live and raise a family – we need to work to keep it that way. Protecting our environment is both a moral imperative and it’s of critical importance to the economy of our region. I’m committed to carrying on Norm Dicks’ legacy of caring for Puget Sound and protecting our waters and I’m proud to partner with my friend and colleague Denny Heck in this effort.”
Representative Denny Heck said, “A healthy economy requires a healthy environment. We know this to be especially true in Washington state, where so many businesses rely on sustainable use of the Puget Sound. The Congressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus will be working hard to make sure all Members of Congress are aware of the importance of supporting ongoing Puget Sound cleanup efforts.”
In the immediate future, the caucus will focus on promoting three region-wide Puget Sound recovery priorities: preventing pollution from urban stormwater runoff, protecting and restoring habitat, and restoring and re-opening shellfish beds.
Representatives Jim McDermott, Adam Smith, Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene have also signed up as charter members of the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus.
For further comments on this announcement, consider contacting:
Lisa Bellefond, Puget Sound Partnership: (253) 666-6288
Kerry McHugh, Washington Environmental Council: (206) 631-2605
Chris Davis, The Nature Conservancy: (206) 436-6204
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.