Clean Water Action has awarded Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada its “Clean Water Champion” award in recognition of her leadership on water and environmental issues in the recently completed 2011-12 legislative session. She earned similar honors in 2009-10.
Yamada, D-Davis, was one of just 13 out of 120 legislators to earn this award.
“Assemblymember Yamada has shown leadership on the issues that our members care about including ensuring safe drinking water for all communities, preventing pollution at the source, promoting the public’s right to know about toxins they are exposed to, and stopping attacks on our fundamental environmental protections,” said Miriam Gordon, Clean Water Action’s California director.
Yamada is recognized in part for her support of a package of bills affirming a human right to water and supporting the rights of small, disadvantaged communities to gain access to safe drinking water.
Clean Water Action is a 1.2 million-member national organization. With 52,000 members in California, the organization’s goals include clean, safe and affordable water, prevention creation of environmentally safe jobs and prevention of health-threatening pollution.