WAWG receives award for environmental excellence
November 28, 2012
The state of Washington’s highest environmental honors went to WAWG and the Ritzville Warehouse Company during the wheat growers’ annual awards banquet.
The Department of Ecology (Ecology) presented two Environmental Excellence Awards at the event, singling out the two entities for their “extra mile” work to protect the environment while they do business that supports Washington’s economy.
Ecology Regional Director Grant Pfeifer presented the award to WAWG for supporting and participating over the years in the efforts of the Agricultural Burning and Research Task Force. Pfeifer said the task force has “...improved the lives of Eastern Washington citizens by eliminating smoky days while maintaining fire as an important tool for farming.”
The agricultural burning task force has been working with WAWG and its membership for 20 years to develop and support Ecology’s agricultural burn program.
“We have worked as a team to make our internationally recognized smoke management and permitting program successful in Washington and a model for others,” Pfeifer said.
Early this year, the task force reinforced its commitment to clean air by voting to increase the acreage fee to help keep the program alive and well. That’s a fee that some wheat-farming task force members have to pay, too.
Pfeifer also presented an Environmental Excellence Award to John Anderson, president of Ritzville Warehouse Company, for going through big growth and changes over the years while still complying with all air quality regulations.