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Monday
Mar262012

Work of 1000 Draws a Crowd

EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, Marion Stoddart, Susan Edwards, Beth MacBlane, Patrick Herron.MyRWA hosted the award-winning film The Work of 1000 and a discussion with the film's central figure, Marion Stoddart, at the Capitol Theater on March 22nd. Ninety people attended the event, which was sponsored by Boreal Renewable Energy Development. Marion's success on the Nashua River served as inspiration for the work ahead in the Mystic River Watershed. Susan Edwards, film maker, attended the event as well.

After the documentary, the audience had a chance to ask Marion and MyRWA staff Beth MacBlane and Patrick Herron about their experiences and work underway. Marion reiterated the need to have vision and commitment in watershed clean-up efforts.

"What a difference one person can make!!" stated one attendee.

In recognition of her work, Stoddart has received many awards including the United Nations Environmental Programme's Global 500 Award (1987).

MyRWA's Beth MacBlane and Marion Stoddart at Medford High School.She was profiled in National Geographic (1995) and in an award-winning children's book A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry; she was a National Women's History Project Honoree as "One of the Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet" (2009); and has published an essay in Written In Water by the National Geographic Society (2010).

Earlier in the day, Marion and MyRWA's Beth MacBlane showed the film at Medford High School, followed by a Q&A.

 

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Reader Comments (1)

I very much enjoyed the film and the opportunity at the event to interact with MyRWA staff and fellow members, as well as Marion Stoddart and filmmaker Sue Edwards.

I am sorry that time ran out in the Q&A session before I was able to say this:

Back in the 1980s, the then Commissioner of the Mass. Department of Fish and Game, Walter Bickford, knew that rivers, streams and riverine lands served as key elements of the Commonwealth's ecological infrastructure. Walter also knew that much of the success in river conservation was being done by groups outside of government, most notably the Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA). Walter established the state Riverways Program (where I have worked since 1988, and which is now part of the Division of Ecological Restoration) to help replicate the success of the NRWA in the State's other watersheds. So I wanted to publicly commend MyRWA for being another watershed association success story and for its great work on behalf of the Mystic River watershed. This important work simply can't (i.e., won't) be accomplished by government action alone - as The Work of 1000 so eloquently depicted.

March 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRuss Cohen

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