Marion Stoddart Receives the Allen H. Morgan Memorial Award from Mass Audubon
Marion Stoddart, a founder of the NRWA, was recently honored with the Allen H. Morgan Memorial Award from Mass Audubon. This award was created by the Mass Audubon Board of Directors in 1990 to honor someone with the dedication, passion, and daring that Allen Morgan exhibited in his efforts to protect the natural world. Marion viewed Allen Morgan as "a friend, model, mentor and champion." The NRWA congratulates Marion on receiving this prestigious award. To read Marion's remarks at the award ceremony.
River Report Card for September 2013
The Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers, as well as local streams, were in good shape on Saturday, September 21st (NRWA's monthly monitoring date). Test results for water samples collected that day showed lower range bacteria and good to high dissolved oxygen. The NRWA has been in touch with the City of Leominster regarding high bacteria levels on Monoosnoc Brook last month. Based on sampling done by the city and the NRWA, the focus for follow-up bacterial source tracking has been narrowed down. NRWA will continue to pursue tracking with the City and appreciate their willingness to find and fix any problems.
Colder water temperatures helped keep the dissolved oxygen levels in good or excellent levels, even with low flows. NRWA monitoring data does, however, show that dams can increase upstream water temps, and can also increase downstream temps until the flow has a chance to recover by mixing and being influenced by groundwater, shade, or other land use factors. NRWA's next and final monitoring for this season will be October 19th.
NRWA Receives $35K Grant from MET to Keep Pharmaceuticals Out of Local Waterways
The NRWA has received a two-year, $35,173 grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) to keep unused pharmaceuticals out of rivers, streams, and groundwater. This project is an innovative alliance between the NRWA, law enforcement, municipalities, state environmental officials, and a for-profit health insurance company. NRWA will partner with these groups to craft a message about the proper disposal of medications (NOT down the drain!). The Association will perform extensive education and outreach. Watershed communities will be encouraged to install secure, permanent lock-box kiosks at police stations for medication drop off and to participate in Drug Enforcement Agency “Drug Take-Back” days.
NRWA is grateful to the Massachusetts Environmental Trust for supporting this project. MET is supported through the sale of specialty environmental license plates which may be ordered through the Massachusetts RMV website.
Marion Stoddart Greenway Fund Celebrates Marion's 85th Birthday
Marion Stoddart, one of the Nashua River Watershed Association's founders, celebrated her 85th birthday this May! To honor her, the NRWA invites you to contribute to the Marion Stoddart Greenway Fund. Donate Now to the Marion Stoddart Greenway Fund.
Marion's work to restore the Nashua River and protect our watershed has touched thousands of lives over nearly five decades. This is our opportunity to say thank you to Marion and let her know what her efforts mean to all of us.
Her long time passion has been to expand and complete the protection of the greenway along the Nashua River and its tributaries. Marion speaks of a vision of sparkling blue water with a ribbon of green alongside it. Currently, 156 miles of riverside greenway are permanently protected, but there is much remaining to be done. Forwarding the greenway vision is an important component of NRWA's watershed approach to protecting our natural resources.
The Marion Stoddart Greenway Fund is dedicated to the Nashua River Watershed Association's programs and activities to expand, promote and permanently protect greenways along the rivers, streams, and wetlands in the Nashua River watershed; to increase awareness of the role of greenways in protecting water quality and in providing habitat and corridors for wildlife; and where appropriate to encourage the use of greenways for education and recreation.
Honor Marion today and help us continue the work to fulfill the greenway vision! Donate Now to the Marion Stoddart Greenway Fund.
If you prefer to mail your donation, please send them to:
Stoddart Greenway Fund
Nashua River Watershed Association
592 Main Street
Groton, MA 01450
Top image: Photo of Marion by Bob Lotz of Groton, MA.
Bottom image: Original oil painting of the Nashua River at the Petapawag site in Groton by Heather Stoddart Barros, in honor of her mother's 85th birthday.
The NRWA is a non-profit organization [501 c (3)]. Your contribution to the NRWA is tax-deductible as allowable by law.