American Rivers statement on planned retirement of Congressman Norm DicksMarch 2nd, 2012
Amy Kober, 503-708-1145
One of the nation’s strongest champions for clean water and healthy rivers, Washington Congressman Norm Dicks, announced Friday that he will retire from the U. S. House of Representatives at the end of the 112th Congress.
The President of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the following statement:
“Congressman Norm Dicks is a true defender of our nation’s rivers and river communities. Throughout his long and distinguished career in the House of Representatives he has played an essential role in the protection and restoration of rivers nationwide. In no instance was his role more critical than as the champion of the biggest dam removal project in history to restore the Elwha River. His unwavering support has been essential for restoring a free-flowing Elwha and revitalizing the salmon fishery that is critical to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, the Northwest way of life, and the health of Puget Sound.
Congressman Dicks is also a leader in defending our bedrock environmental laws safeguarding clean water and endangered wildlife. As Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee he ensured strong funding for federal environmental agencies and programs that are vital to protecting and restoring our nation’s rivers and keeping our water and air clean.
Congressman Dicks will leave a monumental legacy of conservation and protection of our most vital natural resources, and he will be missed.”