Awards will be made on June 17 at 6 pm at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury as part of the Riverfest Celebration. More information on RiverFest is available at http://www.sudbury-assabet-concord.org/
2014 AWARD WINNERS
Acton 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.
OUTSTANDING STEWARD AWARD
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.
2013 AWARD WINNERS
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.
SUASCO WATERSHED-WIDE AWARD
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.
LIFETIME VOLUNTEER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
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.