Laura Rubin, HRWC Executive Director, was recently honored by the Washtenaw County Environmental Excellence Partnership Program (E2P2) for her 20 years of local leadership at the helm of HRWC. Congratulations Laura!

Laura with Evan Pratt, Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner, at the E2P2 Award Ceremony in March.

Laura is the first recipient of the leadership award. In her time at HRWC, Laura has become a true champion of the Huron River. She works toward balancing the environmental, economic, and recreational demands, while recognizing that attracting people to the river is the first step in developing their conservation ethic and appreciation for it as a natural resource. Laura and her staff have made HRWC a leader in the development and dissemination of cutting-edge conservation and public-education projects and a model for watershed organizations around the country and world. Over the past 20 years, the Huron River has seen a reduction in one of its major pollutants, phosphorus, thanks in part to the HRWC’s educational outreach programs to homeowners, strengthened soil erosion regulations and enforcement, and innovative stormwater controls by local governments and businesses.

Each year, Washtenaw County recognizes E2P2 members that exhibit leadership in water quality protection, waste reduction and recycling, and pollution prevention. E2P2 members include businesses, non-profits, government organizations, schools, and multi-family homes. This free program provides these local participants with training, technical assistance, access to resources, and recognition for their commitment to the environment.