State Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, was honored with the Legislator of Distinction-Environment Award from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. Ruud played a pivotal role in finding a solution to unlock critical Public Facilities Authority funding that had been in limbo despite being included in the 2018 bonding bill.

“CGMC recognizes the effort we are making at the Capitol to ensure our resources are protected and that Greater Minnesota is not left behind as important steps are taken to advance environmental reform,” Ruud said in a news release.

Over the last two years, Ruud has initiated LCCMR reform, advocated for access to PFA funds, and passed legislation encouraging independent peer review of water-quality regulations.

“I am proud to represent so many Greater Minnesota cities and I am thankful for the support from CGMC,” Ruud said. “Their partnership has been crucial for the progress we have made on many important issues at the Capitol.”

Ruud was also recognized by the GCMC with its Legislator of Distinction Award on Thursday, July 25, for her positive impact on the state’s environmental policy.

The Legislator of Distinction Award is given to legislators who played key roles in advancing CGMC’s policy during the preceding legislative session.

This year, Ruud played a pivotal role in finding a solution to unlock funding for clean water infrastructure grant and loan programs that had been in limbo for months despite being included in the 2018 bonding bill. She helped broker an agreement that resulted in the Legislature passing a bill to re-categorize the bonds so that several Greater Minnesota cities could receive the state funding needed to make critical improvements to their wastewater treatment facilities.

As chair of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee, she also helped pass legislation that requires independent peer review of water-quality regulations,which had long been a goal of the CGMC.