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Saugus River Watershed Council PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2011
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P.O. Box 1092, Saugus, MA 01906     (781) 233-5046                 

www.SaugusRiver.org


Joan LeBlanc                              Dan Burgess
Executive Director                      Fisheries Technician

Bob Metcalfe, New England Discovery
Education Consultant

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The Saugus River Watershed Council is a non-profit organization founded in 1991
to protect and restore the natural resources of
the Saugus River watershed. 
We are working to improve water
quality, restore river habitat and fisheries,
educate students about
the environment, and promote public access
and enjoyment of
the watershed.

Join Us - Become a Member

Membership in the Saugus River Watershed Council is open to the
general public.
Our affordable membership rates include a full-color
quarterly newsletter and direct mailings
highlighting all of our canoe trips,
natural history programs, and other special events.
To join, simply print
out a membership form and mail it in today! 
      
Membership form

click here
 


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SRWC $500 2017 Scholarship for Environmental Leadership
The Saugus River Watershed Council is now accepting applications for its Annual
Environmental Leadership Scholarship.  One $500 scholarship will be awarded to
a high school senior graduating in the spring of 2017 and attending college next fall.
This year’s recipient will be selected based upon commitment to environmental
protection, academic record, demonstrated leadership, and participation in school
and community activities, and statement of personal commitment to protecting the
environment.  Financial need may be considered on a secondary basis among finalists.

To be eligible applicants must live in one of the following 11 communities
that are part of the Saugus River watershed:  Saugus, Lynn, Lynnfield, Wakefield,
Reading, Revere, Everett, Malden, Melrose, Peabody, and Stoneham. 
Funds may be used for books,college tuition, or fees. 
Applications must be postmarked or e-mailed by Friday May 26, 2016, to: 
SRWC, Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 1092, Saugus, MA  01906
or     
Scholarship application form is available at:
http://www.saugusriver.org/EnvironmentalScholarship.htm 

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PRESS RELEASE  -  May 24, 2016
BOSTON, SAUGUS, REVERE, LYNN

New Alliance for Health and Environment
to Focus on Waste Incineration and Ash Disposal

Today, Representative RoseLee Vincent (D-Revere)
and public officials from Saugus and Revere are joining with state and
local environmental organizations to launch a new Alliance for
Health and Environment. The Alliance will focus on raising awareness
about public health and environmental impacts of waste incineration
and associated ash disposal activities, reducing pollution associated
with waste incineration and ash disposal, and promoting environmental
justice for communities impacted by waste incineration and ash disposal. 

. . . read more
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READ THE ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE click here 


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Potential Expansion of Ash Landfill
Poses Environmental and Public Health Risks


The Saugus River Watershed has prepared a press release highlighting our concerns
about public health and environmental issues related to the Wheelabrator Saugus
waste incinerator and potential expansion of the ash landfill.    It was forwarded to
the media outlets that were planning to be present at the April 4, 2016
Press-only event held at Wheelabrator Saugus.

SRWSC Press Release

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SRWC Events Calendar
click here
 

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Saugus River Watershed Council Presents River Stewardship Awards 
During the Annual Meeting on December 9, 2015, the Saugus River Watershed Council
presented River Stewardship Awards to Representative RoseLee Vincent, Elle Baker
and David Corbie for making significant contributions toward protecting and restoring
the natural resources of the Saugus River watershed.

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“I am deeply humbled to accept the Saugus River Watershed Council’s River Stewardship
Award for my environmental advocacy over the years, and for promoting no further expansion
of the ash landfill at Wheelabrator Saugus since my time as state representative.  It is
important to raise awareness and to bring environmental issues to the surface in order to
protect the public health of our community,” said Representative RoseLee Vincent.  “I would
like to thank Executive Director Joan LeBlanc, President Deb Panetta and the SRWC Board
of Directors for acknowledging Elle, David and me for our commitment to advocating for the
protection of the area surrounding the Saugus River Watershed.”


“We are extremely pleased to recognize Representative RoseLee Vincent with a River
Stewardship Award for her outstanding environmental leadership over the years.  She is a
leader who cares about doing everything she can to make the environment and her
community a better place.  We are also very grateful to River Stewardship Award winners
Elle Baker and David Corbie for their valuable efforts to raise awareness about the potential
public health and environmental consequences of waste incineration in the Saugus River
watershed,” said Joan LeBlanc, Executive Director of the Saugus River Watershed Council.

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Representative RoseLee Vincent

Representative RoseLee Vincent received a River Stewardship Award for outstanding
leadership in protecting public health and working to restore natural resources in the
Saugus River watershed.

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RoseLee Vincent has been an environmental champion throughout her 25 + year career
at the state house, first as a legislative chief of staff and more recently as a state
representative. 
She has provided leadership on critical environmental issues in Revere
and Saugus ranging from improving water quality in local rivers and beaches to promoting
environmentally sustainable practices for major development projects.

The Saugus River Watershed Council began working with Vincent over a decade ago to
reduce stormwater pollution and clean up Town Line Brook in Revere. RoseLee worked
closely with the Council and neighborhood residents to remove decades of illegal dumping
and address pollution from pet waste and faulty sewer systems. 


Over the years, Vincent has worked with the Revere Beautification Committee and is the
driving influence and leader of the Revere Beach Partnership.  She also serves as a
commissioner on the Metropolitan Beaches Commission.  During her first year in office
as a state representative, Vincent obtained language in the Environmental Bond Bill for
capital improvements along the Saugus waterfront and at Revere Beach.  During the
past two years, she has worked with the Saugus River Watershed Council to advocate
for implementation of the Ballard Street Salt Marsh Restoration Project which is in final
permitting now.


Protecting the health of people living in local neighborhoods as well as the valuable natural
resources of the Rumney Marshes Area of Critical Environmental Concern are top priorities
for Vincent. Over the years, she has stood with local officials in Saugus and Revere, and
environmental organizations such as the Saugus River Watershed Council, on many
occasions to oppose expansion of the Wheelabrator Saugus waste incinerator and ash
landfill.  She recently sponsored two pieces of legislation, House 770 and 771, which
would prevent the state Department of Environmental Protection from allowing Wheelabrator
to expand the capacity of its ash landfill which is supposed to close in December 2016. 


Elle Baker and David Corbie
Elle Baker and David Corbie received River Stewardship Awards for outstanding efforts
to raise awareness about public health and environmental impacts associated with waste
incineration and ash disposal at the Wheelabrator Saugus facility in the Saugus River
watershed.  What began as a graduate school project at the Carsey School of Public Policy
at the University of New Hampshire gradually grew into a community-based education
and public awareness campaign for Elle Baker of Revere and David Corbie of Dorchester. 

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Both Baker and Corbie are community organizers who are committed to social justice,
and finding ways to make life better for those around them.  In addition to her work on
this project, Elle also serves as a neighborhood organizer for Revere on the Move and
volunteers with the Point of Pines Beach Association.  While, David works as a community
organizer for the Union of Minority Neighborhoods in Boston and has also volunteered his
time as a mentor and tutor for children in need.

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In addition to conducting research about the history, public health and environmental issues
surrounding waste incineration and disposal of ash in a landfill within the Rumney Marshes
Area of Critical Environmental Concern, Elle and David created a video to raise awareness
about these issues.  They interviewed local public officials about elevated cancer rates,
neighborhood concerns, and impacts on the local environment, and then posted their
finished product on Facebook. 

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The resulting video provides an educational look at many of the problems associated with
waste incineration and ash landfills – including ash and / or emissions blowing into
neighborhoods, emissions of contaminants including cancer-causing dioxin, and risks
of an ash landfill located within a valuable marsh area before landfill liners were required.  


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Dear Members and Friends, 

As we head into Spring and Summer please consider making a contribution
to support the Saugus River Watershed Council's Annual Appeal. 

Your donation will help us:
 
Educate hundreds of local students about protecting their local watershed through
field and classroom programs.  
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Monitor and Restore river conditions and critical wildlife habitat throughout the
watershed. 
During 2016, we will continue to advocate for implementation of 
salt marsh restoration projects in the Rumney Marshes Area of Environmental Concern.    

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Protect our valuable natural resources by working in partnership with local
communities, businesses and public officials to promote sustainable development
practices, reduce storm-water pollution, and adapt to our changing climate. 
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We appreciate all of your volunteer and financial contributions and look forward
to working with you to protect and enjoy the Saugus River watershed this year.
Wishing you and your families a happy and healthy 2016!
 
Joan LeBlanc
Saugus River Watershed Council


Contribute Today!

 
To donate by check or money order, please forward your contribution 
of any amount to: 
Saugus River Watershed Council
P.O. Box 1092, Saugus, MA  01906
 
Thank you for your support!


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