On Nov. 24, President Obama recognized William Ruckelshaus and Billy Frank Jr. as two of the 17 recipients of the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Efforts combined, they were forces to be reckoned with in the fight for clean water, treaty rights, and the need to work together to restore and protect Puget Sound.
Both champions of Puget Sound recovery, and former members of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council, we are thankful for their monumental efforts and everlasting impacts. We are inspired to continue that legacy to ensure a future with abundant clean water, abundant native species, vibrant communities, and protected cultural values.
Hear what President Obama had to say during the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony.
Local Medal of Freedom recipients Billy Frank Jr., William Ruckelshaus were a force (The Seattle Times | Opinion)
Medal of Freedom Awarded to ‘a Class Act’ Group of 17 (New York Times)
The late Billy Frank Jr. and Ruckelshaus to receive Medal of Freedom (The Seattle Times)