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River Stewardship Awards

2018 Stewardship River Awards

Help us honor outstanding advocates for the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers. Download the 2018 River Stewardship Award Nomination Form. Read more at DEADLINE for submitting nominations is March 30, 2018.

Awards will be made on June 15 at 6 pm at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury as part of the Riverfest Celebration. More information on RiverFest is available at

Previous River Stewardship Awards


2017 Award winners included: Clem Larson (Bedford), Ron Chick (Framingham), Paul Goldman (Marlborough), Eileen McGourty (Sudbury), Teens Representing Environmental Excellency and Stewardship (TREES) (Lowell), Dave Pincombe (Lifetime Achievement), Libby Herland (Conservation Hero).


Cherrie Corey, for her work as a naturalist, writer, photographer, and educator, sharing her keen eye for the beauty and wonder of nature and bringing to life all the outstandingly remarkable resource values of the wild and scenic rivers.

Simon Vos and Jim Lagerbom, for sharing their love of the rivers with the public and inspiring others to experience the rivers in their own backyards by leading paddles to the rivers' special places over many years.

Robin Stuart, for growing, sustaining, documenting, and funding the Mass Audubon RiverSchools Project, a community of teachers and schools dedicated to integrating the study of the rivers into their curriculum and building capacity of teacher and student naturalists.

Allan Fierce and Dick Lawrence, for their invasive plant management by leading regular volunteer water chestnut control efforts on the Assabet River thus maintaining the biodiversity and recreational values of the river.

Tom Sisson, for his advocacy for the rivers as an insightful member and leader of the Sudbury River Citizen Advisory Committee researching the effects of the proposed withdrawal of 40 million gallons of water from the Sudbury Reservoirs, beginning in 1976 and ending when the SuAsCo Wild and Scenic River Study was underway.


Pam Rockwell, for her work in the cleanup efforts at the Starmet/Nuclear Metals superfund site, monitoring water quality for OARS for a decade, and inspiring the next generation of river stewards.

Teens Representing Environmental Excellency and Stewardship (TREES), a program of Lowell Leaders in Stewardship, for implementing all aspects of a campaign to encourage bottle and can recycling at their school and for learning about and advocating for the endangered American eel.

Sudbury Michael Kossuth, for his Eagle Scout project to increase awareness of pollution carried by stormwater runoff and its impact on Hop Brook by identifying and marking drains that empty into Hop Brook and educating the public about stormwater pollution.
Anne Slugg, for her efforts to develop a map of family friendly activities in the watershed and for organizing a traveling photographic exhibit of river photographs taken by the Sudbury Valley Nature Photographers in the watershed's libraries.

Bettina Abe, for her organization of water chestnut removal days from ponds feeding into the Assabet River and her stewardship of Acton's Assabet River canoe launch.

Bedford Mark Levine, Hal Ward, and Paul Marcus, for creating, blazing, and maintaining over 24 miles of trails and paths with access to the Concord River in Bedford. Carlisle
Warren Lyman and Deborah Geltner, for installing and monitoring the first stream gauge in Carlisle on River Meadow Brook to gain information and help evaluate future water needs.

Sudbury Ann Kirk, for organizing the first hand pulls of water chestnuts clogging Stearns Mill Pond, with the help of the Hop Brook Protection Association, and improving the condition of the pond.

Wayland Emily Norton, for initiating and overseeing the installation of a fence designed to keep turtles from crossing Route 27 with the result that turtle mortality has been nearly eliminated and her approach has been replicated along other roads in the state.

Peter Alden, for helping young and old discover the wonders of the natural world by leading uncountable walks and talks as well as creating the first Bioblitz to raise awareness of biodiversity.


Steve Tobin, Greg Peterson, Sally Swift, and Christa Collins for protecting Pagey's Preserve, a magnificent piece of riverfront property within the Wild and Scenic segment of the Concord River. These individuals and their respective organizations (Carlisle Conservation Foundation, Town of Carlisle, and Sudbury Valley Trustees) raised funds necessary for permanent protection.

The Lowell Leaders in Stewardship (LLS) Class of 2013 for their exemplary work along the Concord River Greenway, including removing invasive species, planting native trees and shrubs, enhancing trail access, developing an outreach brochure, hosting a photo exhibit, and finally, sharing their expertise at a congressional River Day hosted by Rep. Niki Tsongas.

Bill Place, Director of the Sudbury Public Works Department, for going above and beyond his job duties to support river protection efforts and local organizations (Hop Brook, SWEET, garden club) by providing his professional expertise as well as the resources of the Public Works Department, limiting the use of salt on town roads, and monitoring impacts of new development on wetlands.

Wayland Wellhead Protection Committee (Sherre Greenbaum, Jennifer Riley, Tom Sciacca, Linda Segal, and Kurt Tramposch) for creating and implementing a plan to protect wellhead areas in Wayland. The Committee undertook an extensive public outreach campaign, advised local committees and boards, co-sponsored town meeting articles, and always advocated for protection of water resources. The Committee was recognized by EPA's Watersense program for promoting conservation.

Amber Carr, for her outstanding leadership on invasive species management in the watershed, from driving the massive harvester to coordinating the efforts of the CISMA to overseeing substantial grant funds to identifying, mapping, and controlling various species.

Gordon Shaw for his outstanding land steward and volunteer service in caring for and protecting the lands and waterways in Concord by reducing water chestnuts and purple loosestrife, maintaining trails, overseeing Eagle Scout projects, and raising funds to preserve numerous riverfront properties.