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Presenting the awards, Janet Rothrock of the Concord-Carlisle League of Women Voters praised Michael Kossuth for increasing awareness of the pollution carried by storm water runoff and its impact on Hop Brook. Michael worked to label all of the storm drains emptying into Hop Brook. This required coordination with the Sudbury Department of Public Works to identify the drains and organizing his fellow Scouts of Troop 61 to help him attach signs to each drain. Michael followed up with an article in the Town Crier this past March explaining how storm water carries pollution into Hop Brook and a presentation on his project to the members of the Hop Brook Protection Association at their annual meeting.
Anne Slugg, mother of a 7 month old baby and twin toddlers, still manages to make time for river stewardship. She is the Sudbury representative to the River Stewardship Council and took on the role of treasurer in 2014. Anne was a key player in the development of the River Stewardship Council's newest guide--a family friendly map of the watershed. With her twins, Anne visited sites throughout the watershed to assess and record their `family friendliness.' She also organized a traveling exhibit of river photographs taken by the Sudbury Valley Nature Photographers coinciding with the family friendly locations on the new map. This exhibit has been traveling to the watershed's libraries, enticing families to visit the sites on the map.
The award winners from other towns include Pam Rockwell of Concord and the students from the Lowell Leaders in Stewardship's Teens Representing Environmental Excellency and Stewardship (TREES) program. Pam has advocated for the cleanup of the Nuclear Metals/Starmet Superfund site for the last decade, and has volunteered as a water quality monitor for OARS.
The TREES students were recognized for their work planting trees in urban environments, studyting the eel fish, and starting a bottle and can recycling program at their school.
Keynote speaker at the ceremony, Libby Herland of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, noted that our rivers are healthier than they were a decade ago, but that 75% of the bass from the Sudbury River had both male and female attributes, probably cause by the presence of endocrine disrupting chemicals in the water. She explained that research is needed to identify how these chemicals used in pharmaceuticals and personal care products make their way into the rivers, and to understand their effect on humans and wildlife.
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