State Sen. Susan Paddack has received multiple honors for her efforts to protect Oklahoma’s natural resources.  Paddack, D-Ada, has been named Legislator of the Year by the Metropolitan Environmental Trust.  In addition, she has been honored by the Citizens for the Protection of the Arbuckle Simpson Aquifer (CPASA).

  Paddack received the CPASA’s “OKA” award for her legislation to develop a sustainable approach to the long-term water use plan for Oklahoma.  Oka is the word for water in both Chickasaw and Choctaw.

 “As we saw from last year’s drought, we have no control over the forces of nature.  But we can control how we use our resources and develop plans that will ensure we have enough water now and in the years to come,” Paddack said.  “This is absolutely vital to the future of our state.”

Paddack was named Legislator of the Year by the Metropolitan Environmental Trust for her legislation to establish a goal in this state to recycle at least ten percent of the entire solid waste stream to encourage recycling effort in our state.

“Oklahoma is blessed with our natural resources—our diverse landscapes, beautiful rivers and lakes, all are part of our identity.  It is our responsibility to be good stewards of all that God has blessed us with, to ensure future generations can share in those blessings,”  Paddack. 

“Every single one of us can play a role in that effort, and I am honored to be in a position to help promote public policy to protect our air, land and water.”

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