Friday, October 31, 2014

Waterways Assn. Announces Award Winners

By Mark Edward Nero

The Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, a nonprofit trade association that advocates for federal policies and funding in support of regional economic development, recently honored five people for their contributions to the Northwest navigation, energy, irrigation and recreation communities.

The recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Service Awards were announced in conjunction with PNWA’s 80th annual convention, which was held Oct. 15-17 in Vancouver, Washington.

This year’s honorees were: Capt. Paul Amos, president of the Columbia River Pilots; Kevin Brice, the deputy district engineer for programs and project management for the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Portland District; Martin Callery, the chief commercial officer for the Port of Coos Bay; Ann Glassley of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District (retired); Port of Everett Executive Director John Mohr; and Port of Portland Executive Director Bill Wyatt.

All were lauded for going “above and beyond the call of duty to support Northwest transportation infrastructure, trade, tourism, and environmental restoration,” according to the PNWA.

Also during its annual convention, the PNWA also announced US Rep. Mike Simpson (RID) as the recipient of the Waterways Association’s 2014 Legislator of the Year award.

“PNWA and its members are especially grateful for his leadership on the House Energy & Water Appropriations Subcommittee, and his support for inland and deep draft navigation on the Columbia Snake River System,” the organization, which represents over 130 public and private sector member organizations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California, said in an announcement.