Cascade Water Alliance honored for BNSF corridor participation

Bellevue-based Cascade Water Alliance has been recognized by the Cascade Land Conservancy (CLC) as a 2010 Cascade Agenda Leadership Award winner.

The award celebrates the role of community leaders in linking great communities, a healthy environment and a strong economy. The CLC recognized the the Alliance, and others, for their effort to secure the BNSF corridor for future public use.

The Port of Seattle announced its acquisition of the BNSF corridor from BNSF Railroad in December. Cascade Water Alliance invested in the project to secure easements for possible future facilities and water infrastructure.

“This was an easy decision for us,” said Cascade CEO Chuck Clarke. “It just made sense for us to join with the other public agencies interested in future use of the corridor. Each of us had a good reason to invest our public funds in the corridor, and in the end, the public wins, too, by keeping the corridor intact.”

The Cascade Land Conservancy is the largest land conservation and stewardship organization in the state. CLC partners with communities to protect and restore parks and trails and help cities make smart choices about growth.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the CLC." added Lloyd Warren, Chair of the Cascade Water Alliance Board of Directors and Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District Commissioner. "The Cascade Land Conservancy proves over and over that partnerships work. Our partnership with the other organizations to secure the BNSF corridor is a win/win for all of us,”

Cascade Water Alliance is a non-profit corporation, comprised of the cities of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah, Tukwila, the Covington Water District and the Sammamish Plateau and Skyway Water and Sewer Districts to provide safe, clean and reliable water to its 370,000 residents and 22,000 businesses.

More information is available at Cascade's website.

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