Partial List of Outstanding Achievements:
Started the SuAsCo Watershed Community Council, a non-profit 501c(3) organization of the 36 cities and towns of the Sudbury-Assabet-Concord River Basin with grant assistance from the MA Watershed Initiative in 2001.
Respected for promoting collaboration for the common good and for seeking consensus on water protection for the three rivers of the watershed: Sudbury, Assabet, Concord. Continually provide neutral and balanced discussion/networking opportunities for diverse points of views and entities across the SuAsCo Watershed.
Recognized as a leader in non-partisan education and training on environmental issues, such as stormwater, water quality and quantity, land protection, and smart growth.
Facilitated more than 65 Steering Committee meetings since formation. Successfully attract diverse and representative Steering Committee from: Municipal government, Business and industry, Environmental organizations, and State/Federal/Regional government and the State Legislature.
Sponsored 10 annual River Visions conferences in support of mission. Conferences have featured keynote speakers such as: DEP Commissioner Laurie Burt, EOEA Secretary Trudy Coxe, EOEA Secretary Bob Durand, EOEA Assistant Secretary Sharon McGregor, EOEA Undersecretary for Policy James Stergios, Chief of Commonwealth Development Douglas Foy, Senator Pam Resor, EPA Region I Administrator Mindy Lubber, EPA New England Office Regional Administrator Robert Varney, Congressman James McGovern, Congressman Martin Meehan, UMass Professor John Mullin.
Established awards program to recognize an Outstanding Business, Outstanding Municipality, and Volunteer of the Year in the SuAsCo Watershed.
Facilitated and developed a comprehensive, public-participation “Watershed Action Plan” for the 3-river system, in response to an EOEEA Initiative in 2005.
Conducted outreach work for the “Sudbury River Risk Assessment and Public Awareness Campaign on the Nyanza Superfund Site” with the Metropolitan area Planning Council and MetroWest Regional Collaborative under a MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation grant. Authored a four-part op-ed series on the effects of the Nyanza Superfund Site on the Sudbury River published in the MetroWest Daily News from September 5 through 8, 2010.
Created a Stormwater Bylaw Matrix for Bedford, Billerica, Carlisle, Concord, Framingham, Lincoln, Sudbury, and Wayland.
Held several highly-attended stormwater workshops attended by municipal departments from all across Massachusetts.
Deliver presentations to a wide array of audiences including the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission’s Non-point Source Pollution Conference, the Massachusetts Environmental Trust’s 20th Anniversary Conference, Lake Cochituate Annual Conferences, MA Watershed Coalition’s Stormwater Seminars, Forum on the Community Preservation Act, Leadership MetroWest classes, Water Resources college classes, the Boston Nonprofit Leadership Series.
Serve as a participant in meetings with organizations such as Water Supply Citizens Advisory Committee, Nyanza Advisory Committee, MetroWest Regional Collaborative, Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination, Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council, SuAsCo Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, 495/MetroWest Partnership, Patriot Resource Conservation & Development Council, MA Nonprofit Network, and many others.
Provide information to the public through monthly SuAsCo Watershed calendars, two websites, resource library, media interviews, responding to phone and e-mail requests.
Create an annual “Stormwater Matters Program” to assist cities and towns all across MA in complying with their federal/state Stormwater Permit, saving municipalities thousands of dollars and improving water quality throughout the Commonwealth. The program has received award recognition from EOEEA and the MA Nonprofit Network and praise from the MA Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Received nationally competitive Watershed Assistance Grant from River Network.
Received “Regional Spirit Award” from the MetroWest Regional Collaborative.
Received “Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education” from the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
Recognized as a Finalist for MA Nonprofit Network “Social Entrepreneurship Award”.