Steward of the Year Award

2017: Patrick Lee, Clark County Public Works

Patrick Lee has made a significant mark on the lower river with his work managing Clark County’s Legacy Lands Program, and we are proud to honor him as Steward of the Year.
For the last decade, Patrick has managed the Clark County Legacy Lands Programwhich is celebrating its 31-year anniversary this year. Clark County has conserved more than 5,000 acres through the program, and Patrick has been a key part of that success. Under Patrick’s direction, Clark County and the Estuary Partnership have developed a strong collaboration that resulted in several successful habitat restoration projects, including Salmon Creek, La Center Bottoms, and the East Fork Lewis River Side Channel. 
Patrick first came to Clark County in 1999 as the Long Range Planning Manager, leading the 2004 update of the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan and completing numerous major zoning code revisions, including habitat, wetlands, and other critical area ordinances. Prior to Clark County, Pat worked in a variety of land use, public facility, and environmental planning and natural resource management programs, including with Metro in Portland where he led the development of the Metropolitan Greenspaces Master Plan.
“The Great River of the West defines this region.  It is the artery that nurtures the economy, the people, the fish and wildlife that all combine to make this such a wonderful place to live,” Patrick said about his deep respect for the Columbia River. 
Patrick has demonstrated a sustained commitment to the care and protection of the Columbia River and its many watersheds. He embodies the Estuary Partnership’s belief in partnerships and engaging people in taking care of the lands around us.
“I am privileged to receive this award," said Patrick. "It is gratifying to know that my small efforts to protect and enhance our environmental legacy has resonated with so many. I accept this on behalf of all my existing and former co-workers and conservation partners that share equally in this recognition.”


2016: Dave Ripp, Executive Director, Port of Camas-Washougal

2015: Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership Founders

2014: Hillary Barbour, Office of US Congressman Earl Blumenauer

2013: The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde

2012: The Honorable Joan Dukes, Northwest Power & Conservation Council
           Louise Solliday, Oregon State Government

2011: Amy Borde, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
           Lyndal Johnson, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
           Jennifer Morace, US Geological Survey

2010: The Honorable Jeff Merkley, US Senate
          The Honorable Earl Blumenauer, US House of Representatives

2009: Susan Holveck, Beaverton School District

2007: Alice Ott Middle School students, teachers, and principal
          Girls Scouts of the Columbia River Council

2006: Jeff Rooklidge & Wahkiakum High School students, Wahkiakum High School

2005: Wilson Cady, Georgia-Pacific

2002: Louise Solliday, Office of Governor Kitzhaber

2001: Terry Hussman, Washington Department of Ecology (posthumous)


About the Award

Restoring and protecting the lower Columbia River and Estuary requires the efforts of many people and groups. We recognize and celebrate the hard work and dedication it takes to protect and restore the river with our Steward of the Year Award. 

The annual award, instituted in 2001 and presented during our Annual Dinner & Gala, recognizes exceptional stewardship by a group, entity, organization, business, government agency, or individual towards the restoration and protection of the lower Columbia River and Estuary. 

Stewards of the Year represent any sector of the community and any area of focus of the Estuary Partnership: habitat protection, water quality, land conservation and protection, education and community engagement, or leadership.  These recipients have all demonstrated this outstanding stewardship and commitment to the protection and conservation of the lower Columbia River.