Ann’s individual work warrants recognition. For example, she discovered – through painstakingly reading through mountainous stacks of jargon-laden, mind-numbing reports – that the Tennessee Valley Authority did not have a valid permit from the state for the water it consumes from the Tennessee River at its Watts Bar and Sequoyah nuclear power plants. This is far from a mere paperwork “gotchca.” The southeast is mired in a drought expected to last several more years. Tens of thousands of gallons of water are evaporated into the air each minute by the waste heat discharged from these power plants. The state’s permitting process is the control mechanism designed to ensure equitable use of this important water resource without undue burden on its aquatic wildlife. By calling attention to this matter, Ann’s dedicated efforts minimize the adverse consequences from the ongoing drought.
Ann’s own results over the past two decades make her a very deserving recipient of recognition. She equally deserves the to be honored for her very extremely positive contribution to the work of others. Many people concerned about environmental issues who lack the understanding of how to bring about resolution of those concerns. Ann recruits people to the cause, trains them both on the underlying issues and the means with which to successfully campaign for their resolution, and sustain them through hard times. Ann has organized successful workshops in her rural community.
What we like best and admire most about Ann’s style is that she leads from the front. Her dogged persistence inspires people to stay the course when their initial enthusiasm wanes. Rather than throw in the towel on the uphill fight, Ann will only use her towel to wipe her brow before the next round. Ann has never lost a campaign. There may be a few she has not yet won, but her unrelenting refusal to give up literally means that no campaign is ever lost.
To contact Ann: Ann Harris