WA Ecology Update with Director Laura Watson
Join us for an update from the WA State Department of Ecology with Director Laura Watson.
Washington State Department of Ecology
Laura Watson brings two decades of environment-focused legal and policy experience – and an open mind – to her role as director of the nation’s oldest environmental agency.
Before becoming director in January 2020, Laura served in the state Attorney General’s office, representing Ecology for much of her tenure, including five years as the agency’s chief legal counsel. In that role, she took on a wide range of critical environmental issues, including climate change, toxics reduction, water quality, and cleanup of the Hanford nuclear reservation. She was lead counsel on several legal challenges to the Trump administration’s rollback of environmental protections and has repeatedly defended state environmental laws in court.
Laura is a focused, compassionate listener as much as she is an accomplished lawyer. She listens to tribes and communities of color and others who are disproportionately affected by the harmful effects of pollution. She listens to business owners, farmers, city dwellers, and rural residents alike. Laura looks for common ground, seeking compromise and accommodation above conflict and litigation.
She is continually inspired by our state’s natural beauty. She believes strongly in equity and environmental justice. And when necessary, she’s prepared to take decisive action to protect this state and its environment, and to passionately defend the interests of its people.
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