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Smith honored by upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board.

The Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board (UCSRB) presented Rick Smith, manager of the Wenatchee Reclamation District, with the Esther Stefaniw Memorial Award at the Dec. 12, 2013, Board of Directors meeting.

The award recognizes significant contributions to the UCSRB mission, and leadership in ensuring effective expenditure of state and federal funds on river restoration.

Esther Stefaniw, former Chelan County Commissioner and one of the founding board members of the UCSRB, played an instrumental role in rallying the region around locally led salmon recovery.

For the past 14 years, Smith has dedicated his time as a citizen committee member, and also as a representative of an interest that is responsible for providing water to its shareholders. Smith, and his citizen committee counterparts, forms the bedrock of the Upper Columbia regional funding process that brings social and economic accountability to bear on funding for local projects through the Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board. Annual awards announced recently, and include $824,625 in Chelan County and $1,124,375 in Okanogan County.

The UCSRB Board of Directors is comprised of three county commissioners from Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties, and one representative each from the Yakama Nation and the Colville Confederated Tribes.

The UCSRB was founded in 1999. Its mission is to restore viable and sustainable populations of salmon, steelhead, and other at-risk species through the collaborative, economically sensitive efforts, combined resources, and wise resource management of the Upper Columbia region.

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Title Annotation:Keeping up with People
Publication:Wenatchee Business Journal
Date:Mar 1, 2014
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