Sierra Club California Honors Water Warrior Volunteers with Leadership Awards
Once a year, we get the chance to recognize those volunteer leaders that have made a difference in fighting for the environment here in California. The Leadership Awards are our opportunity to show our appreciation to the individuals that have spent countless hours working on issues that Sierra Club holds dear.
There were a number of names submitted with very impressive backgrounds, and after careful consideration, The Sierra Club's California Awards Committee made its selections for the Sierra Club California Leadership Awards recipients. Congratulations to the honorees! including our Chapter Director, George Watland who received the Mary Ferguson Award, and a special recognition going to all the Angeles Chapter Water Warrior volunteers who were awarded this year: Dr. Clyde Tom Williams Ph.D., Nadia Wilson, and Toshiro Tokunaga.
SALLY AND LES REID AWARD
Deirdre Des Jardins & Dr. Clyde Tom Williams PhD
Deirdre and Tom worked tirelessly to defeat the proponents of California WaterFix through science and the judicial system. They discovered that the engineering of the tunnels would not withstand an earthquake and brought that to the attention of the Department of Water Resources (DWR) on the State level and through the judicial system, testifying for many hours and many months. Deirdre dutifully sent in reports to CNRCC WatCom on a daily basis, while Tom traveled back and forth from Los Angeles to Sacramento to testify. On the local level, we were able to use their sound scientific research to punch holes into the narrative being sold by Metropolitan Water District in Los Angeles and challenge the sustainability and reliability of the Twin Tunnels project known as California WaterFix. Their combined research forced DWR to return to the drawing board and hire a new engineering team to work out the problems, which put the project on hold for a while and provided us with a short victory. Even the engineer they hired to debunk Deirdre's and Tom's research could not find holes in their report. Their work enabled us to approach our opposition with a new angle, one that they could not so readily dismiss. A report based on fact, not fiction.
EMERGING LEADER AWARD