For two decades I served on the city of Walla Walla's Water Advisory Committee with Barbara Clark, starting with its first monthly meeting. It was Barbara who urged the 1989 Walla Walla City Council to create a committee to look for solutions to the problem of declining water levels in the city's wells.
As a result of the committee's work, the expertise of Pat Jungmann, who was one of the original committee members, and the follow-through by city staff, Walla Walla is now one of the few cities in the Pacific Northwest with an aquifer recharge program.
The excess winter water of Mill Creek is being put into our deep basalt aquifer, bringing our wells back up to their former levels and giving us water security.
Barbara's creative problem solving on the city Water Advisory Committee includes not only water quantity, but also water quality. She is sensitive to the costs of water treatment.
To me, this exemplifies Barbara's ability to identify and act on issues of long-term importance as well as her commitment to cooperative processes. These examples could be multiplied dozens of times.
During my years on the committee I observed Barbara's friendly, respectful and collaborative style, which is essential for an effective public official.
We need to keep Barbara working for us on the City Council, and I hope you'll join me in voting for her.