Ruud named legislator of the year by state SWCD group

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ST. PAUL—Environment and Natural Resource Policy and Legacy Finance Chair Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, was named Legislator of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts for her work in preserving Minnesota's environment during the 2017 legislative session.
Ruud was a dedicated supporter of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts throughout the 2017 legislative session, according to a release from the Minnesota Senate. Ruud chief-authored the 2017 Legacy Finance bill, which makes critical investments in the arts, clean water, parks and trails, and the environment, according to the release.

Ruud's strong advocacy for MASWCD funding will ensure Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the state will be able to continue their mission of protecting and enhancing the environment, the release said.

"I am honored that MASWCD chose me to receive this award," said Ruud. "Minnesota's Soil and Water Conservation Districts are our "boots on the ground," playing a key role in protecting and preserving our environment. I look forward to working with MASWCD on balanced approaches to land and water protection in the future."

"While many legislators have attempted to divert or limit funding for the Minnesota's Soil and Water Conservations Districts Senator Ruud has been a champion of our cause," said Shelia Vanney, the Assistant Director of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. "Her work during the 2017 legislative session helped secure critical funding and drive policy advancement crucial to preserving Minnesota's long-term environmental health."