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

Joan LeBlanc                              Dan Burgess
Executive Director                      Fisheries Technician

Bob Metcalfe, New England Discovery
Education Consultant


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


Highlights from Saugus River Watershed Council’s Annual Meeting

Over 60 people joined the Saugus River Watershed Council at its Annual Meeting and
Dinner on Monday, December 11, 2017 at Spinelli’s in Lynnfield.  This year’s event
included election of 2018 Board Members and Officers, establishment of a Pam Harris
Memorial Scholarship, presentation of River Stewardship Awards, and a keynote
presentation about protecting watershed resources in a changing climate.

Pam Harris Memorial Scholarship
The Saugus River Watershed Council announced established of a  $500 scholarship
in honor of long-time environmental and public health advocate Pam Harris who lost a
courageous battle with cancer earlier in 2017.  In addition to her service as a volunteer
member of the Saugus Board of Health, Harris was a long-time member of the Saugus
River Watershed Council’s Board of Directors.  Pam was a true believer in the power
of young people to become engaged and make a difference in their communities.  She often
talked about how important environmental education was for the future.  And most importantly,
Pam herself was a tremendously positive force for good.  By creating this scholarship,
the Saugus River Watershed Council honors Pam’s accomplishments and supports
her goal of promoting environmental stewardship among young people in the watershed. 



River Stewardship Awards
River Stewardship Awards were presented to: Attorney Kirstie Pecci, Conservation Law
Foundation for outstanding contributions toward protecting natural resources and public
health in the Saugus River Watershed; Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment
for outstanding contributions toward protecting natural resources and public health in
Saugus; Lynn United for Change and Lynn United for Change Empowerment Project
for outstanding contributions toward promoting environmental justice and ensuring
public access along the Lynn waterfront; and SRWC Executive Director Joan LeBlanc
for her outstanding contributions toward protecting and restoring the natural resources
of the Saugus River watershed over the past 17 years.  Award winners also received
legislative citations recognizing their contributions.

SRWC 2018 Officers and Board Members
The following people were elected as 2018 officers of the Saugus River Watershed Council:
President Denise Butler, Vice President Douglas Heath, Vice President Debra Panetta,
Treasurer Mary Lester, and Secretary Ramona Barr.  
The following additional people were elected to the 2018 Board of Directors:  Dan Burgess,
Pam Burgess, David Eatough, Kent Jackson, Joe James, Bob McLaughlin, Dick Lynch,
Jackie Mercurio, Alison Simcox, John Walsh, Jr., and Susan Wetmore.

Key Note Presentation:  Protecting Watershed Resources in a Changing Climate
Executive Director Joan LeBlanc provided highlights from Saugus River Watershed Council
programs during 2017 as well as a keynote presentation on Protecting Watershed Resources
in a Changing Climate.  LeBlanc noted that 2018 will be a year of transition for the Council as
she plans to leave her position as Director during 2018 to focus her environmental protection
efforts on a broader region.

“Climate change is the most significant challenge to protecting watershed resources. To be
effective, all watershed restoration efforts must factor in current and future climate change
impacts such as sea level rise, storm surge, increasingly intense rainstorms, temperature
increases, and shifts in habitat,” said LeBlanc. 

LeBlanc highlighted opportunities for proactive planning and decision making to protect
coastal communities and natural resources in the future and shared key findings from the
November 2017 Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment
issued by the US Global Change Research Program, available at: 

The report’s findings include:
·         “Global average sea levels are expected to continue to rise – by at least several
inches in the next 15 years and by 1-4 feet by 2100. A rise of as much as 8 feet
by 2100 cannot be ruled out.  Sea level rise will be higher than global average
on the East and Gulf Coasts of the US.”
·         “Heavy rainfall is increasing in intensity and frequency across the United States
and globally and is expected to continue to increase.  The largest observed
changes in the US have occurred in the Northeast.”

LeBlanc noted that flooding in Lynn earlier in 2017 and King Tide events around the state
are local examples of climate impacts that are already showing up in New England and
the Saugus River watershed.  LeBlanc discussed several proactive climate adaptation and
mitigation projects in the Saugus River watershed including education, technical workshops,
a vulnerability assessment, and site-specific planning efforts.  

“Preventing the potential expansion of Wheelabrator’s coastal ash landfill in the midst of the
Rumney Marshes Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) is one of the Saugus River
Watershed Council’s highest priorities in terms of protecting people and natural resources
from highly contaminated ash that could spill into the Pines and Saugus rivers during a major
coastal storm,” said LeBlanc.  “Even without an expansion, this site is a high risk because it’s
vulnerable to sea level rise and storm surge; could release lead, mercury, cadmium and other
hazardous pollutants; lacks a ‘state of the art’ liner; is within an ACEC; and is in close
proximity to several neighborhoods in Saugus, Lynn and Revere,” said LeBlanc.

“Wheelabrator’s plan is particularly appalling because they would rip open the waterside
portion of the landfill that is already capped, destroying 39 acres of bird habitat in the process,”
said LeBlanc.  “This proposal goes against every other regional effort aimed at improving
natural resources, restoring the Rumney Marshes Area of Critical Environmental Concern,
and protecting communities from risks associated with sea level rise and storm surge.”

LeBlanc urged guests at the meeting to submit comments to the Massachusetts Department
of Environmental Protection by January 12, 2018 as the state is currently accepting feedback
on a provisional decision to approve Wheelabrator’s expansion.  Information about the permit
and where to submit comments is available at:

The Saugus River Watershed Council is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded
in 1991 to protect and restore the natural resources of the Saugus River watershed.
    (781) 233-5046


PRESS RELEASE  -  May 24, 2016

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


SRWSC Press Release


SRWC Events Calendar
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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.

“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.


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.

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
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. 

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.

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. 

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.  


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.  

Monitor and Restore river conditions and critical wildlife habitat throughout the
During 2016, we will continue to advocate for implementation of 
salt marsh restoration projects in the Rumney Marshes Area of Environmental Concern.    


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. 
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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