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WPC Director Dick Champion Honored
May 18, 2011

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recently honored Independence Water Pollution Control Director Dick Champion with its Environment Award to recognize his outstanding service and commitment to the nation’s environment.

Champion’s career in the clean water industry spans more than 40 years, serving since 1983 as director of the City’s Water Pollution Control Department. In response to receiving this national recognition, Champion stated “I am extremely humbled and honored to receive such a notable award.”

“Dick Champion has a unique and contagious passion for the environment, and with his ability to employ a ‘wide-angle lens’ he has been able to connect the dots from the local watershed to Washington D.C. in a manner that encourages appropriate stewardship and personal responsibility,” City Manager Robert Heacock said of Champion’s recognition.

Champion’s passion for the environment, particularly the clean water industry, is rooted locally, but reaches further nationally. His belief in a holistic approach to clean water policy led him to become a professional member of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies in 1992. He is Past President of NACWA, and has served on their Board of Directors since 1999.

Additionally, Champion was active in the 2008 creation of the Clean Water America Alliance (CWAA), a national 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization whose purpose is to bring together a diverse array of interests to create one integrated water policy for America. In the April/May 2011 issue of NACWA’s Clean Water Advocate, Champion was credited with being “a strong and knowledgeable voice for the Alliance and its goals.” Champion currently serves as Chair on the CWAA Board of Directors.

It is for his ongoing efforts both locally and nationally to promote clean water initiatives that NACWA presented Champion with the Environment Award. NACWA Executive Director Ken Kirk said “NACWA was pleased to honor Dick Champion with the 2011 National Environmental Achievement Award for his tireless efforts to advance the Clean Water America Alliance’s mission to improve public awareness of sustainable, holistic, watershed-based approaches to water quality and quantity challenges and to begin the important task of speaking with one voice on critical water issues.”

For more information about the organizations mentioned here, visit www.nacwa.org, www.cleanwateramericaalliance.org, and http://www.ci.independence.mo.us/wpc.

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