During the Columbia Basin Development League’s 55th annual meeting Tuesday, the organization honored state senator Mark Schoesler. The Ritzville Republican received the Perseverance Award for what the league called “his longtime legislative efforts on behalf of communities and irrigators in the basin area”.
“The league chose Senator Schoesler to receive the Perseverance Award for demonstrating the ability to fight for his constituents and the region, no matter the odds,” said CBDL Executive Director Vicky Scharlau. “We appreciate the longstanding commitment Senator Schoesler has provided to his district, especially irrigators and communities desperate for a reliable source of water.”
“I’m very honored to receive this award,” Schoesler said. “For the Columbia Basin to not only survive but thrive, it needs enough water for both communities and an agriculture industry that provides many jobs. That’s why I’ve devoted so much time and energy to finding ways to help this area meet its water needs. With the help of many individuals and organizations like the CBDL, we’ve accomplished quite a bit, but there is more to do.”
Schoesler is the sixth recipient of the award, since its creation in 2011. Previous winners of the Perseverance Award include, former 4th District U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings as well as Washington state Department of Agriculture Director Derek Sandison, who formerly served as director of the state Department of Ecology’s Office of Columbia River.
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