Governor Tony Evers receives 2022 US Water Prize The Badger Herald
The US Water Alliance has announced Governor Tony Evers as the recipient of this year’s US Water Prize in the Outstanding Public Official category, according to a Press release.
The recognition took place at the 2022 US Water Prize ceremony in Milwaukee on September 13. website.
This year’s winners were selected from more than 160 total nominations, according to Evers’ press release. Scott, Director of Policy and Government Affairs of the US Water Alliance Berry said the 2022 selection process was very competitive.
Berry said individuals and organizations can receive nominations in eight different categories, including outstanding journalism, cross-industry partnerships, and public and private organizations.
The selection process differs between organizations and individuals, according to Berry.
“Organizational awards tend to be for a particular program or project,” Berry said. “Individual awards are intended to recognize career achievement or specific achievement in a particular area or location.”
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Governor Evers is the only governor to receive an award in the Outstanding Public Officer category, Berry said.
“We at the Alliance, as well as the Independent Review Panel, have been truly impressed with Governor Evers’ commitment to making water a central issue not only in his gubernatorial campaign, but also during his first term as governor,” Berry said. .
Throughout his first year in office, Governor Evers created the Wisconsin PFAS Action Council as part of a collaborative effort across the state to combat contamination. He also made 2019 the Year of Clean Water in Wisconsin, according to the press release.
Last July, Governor Evers and Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul filed a lawsuit against three Wisconsin manufacturers, along with 15 other defendants, for conduct that led to PFAS contamination, according to the press release. .
A $10 million grant announced by Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Department of National Resources in August will help address contamination in private wells and improve access to safe drinking water, according to the news release.
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Berry said Governor Evers was in good company. Past recipients include senators, agriculture commissioners, members of Congress and state officials.
In terms of Wisconsin water quality, Berry sees price as an indication of the past rather than the future. That demonstrates potential in the state and among state leaders, but long-standing issues, such as PFA contamination, need a lot more work, Berry said.
“This award isn’t meant to be like ‘the job is done, it’s time to go home,'” Berry said. “We are showing an example of how water is not just a winning issue for people, but can be a central issue in a campaign and an administration can bear tremendous fruit as a result.”