MYSTIC STORYCORPS: Annual Meeting
The Mystic River Watershed Association’s annual meeting was a nice mix of socializing, business, recognizing important community awardees and hearing some great stories. Check out the stories we collected prior to the meeting. he stories taped at the meeting will be shared in the coming week.
We accomplish our work with the help of volunteers and partnering organizations. Each year we honor key contributions at the Annual Meeting.
Mystic Municipal Leadership Award: Joseph Curtatone and his staff at the City of Somerville.
From planting 100 trees in the watershed, to revitalizing Blessing of the Bay Park, to now working to collaboratively tackle climate change at a watershed scale, the City of Somerville deserves recognition. Special thank you to staff who have worked alongside MyRWA - Arn Franzen, Vanessa Boukilli, Oliver Sellers-Garcia, Hannah Payne, Kristen Stelljes and Brad Rawson, the Director of Transportation and Infrastructure, who accepted the award on behalf of the mayor.
Mystic Champion: Commissioner Marty Suuberg, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
MassDEP listened to the communities of Malden, Everett and Medford, when it issued a written determination that National Grid must build a ½ mile path along the Malden River under Chapter 91, which requires landowners to include public amenities. This section would nearly complete the entire Malden River Greenway. Special thank you to Ben Lynch, Chief of DEP’s Waterways and Chapter 91 program who accepted this award.
Award Volunteer of the Year: Sue Brown & Michael Fager
This year two people stood out and instead of making an impossible choice we decided to that we didn't have to make a choice. Both Michael and Sue have the distinction of having worked this year in almost every area where volunteers can contribute:
both have been water quality monitors
both were herring monitors
both were eel counters
both staffed public events serving as ambassadors for the organization
both worked on independent and important initiatives as members of our policy committee
Ripple Impact Award: John Reinhardt
Dedicating 30 years to the Mystic—it is thought that perhaps instead of blood running through his veins John has Mystic River water. Under John’s direction, the organization has grown in strength and impact, and this year John was recognized for this outstanding dedication and effort with the Ripple Award. A statement was read by former Executive Director, EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, where he extolled John’s steadfast, insightful and supportive leadership.
Recognizing Water Quality Monitors
Recognizing herring monitors Five + Years
Linda Arnow | Cori Beckwith | Bruce Benton | Susan Brown | Karen Buck | Carl Butters | Sarah Button | Linda Caswell | Heidi Davis | Nick Dorian | Meredith Eustis | Jason Evans | Rachel Evans | Michael Fager | Susan Goldin | Sue Gould | Martha Goldstein | Aileen Grunder | Mike Grunder | Mary Ann Kowalski | Fred Langa | Susan McPhee | David Mussina | Stephen Perkins | Caitlin Pohl | Steve Prowten | Jennifer Quinn | Laura Roberts | Linda Sharpe | Ted Sharpe | Susan Stamps | Kathy Vandiver
The updated bylaws are now available for review here. Revisions to the bylaws targeted obsolete language, eligibility for voting membership (Article II), role of Executive Director (Article IV), term limits (Article V, Sec. 3) election of officers (Article VI, Sec. 2), and indemnification (Article XII). Members voted to approve the updated bylaws at the annual meeting. A summary of the changes can be found here.
Nomination of Board members for a term to expire in October 2021
Barbara Kessner Landau