The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) is happy to announce that MyRWA volunteer extraordinaire Roger Frymire has been selected as a 2009 National River Hero by River Network. Roger has been working with MyRWA for roughly two decades, eagerly lending a hand in a variety of volunteer monitoring activities. He is well-known for his ability to independently collect more water samples in a morning of sampling than teams of multiple staff and volunteers. Much of the work Roger does is not for the faint of heart. With a true sense of adventure, he will kayak up large sewer pipes to investigate mysterious odors, or spend hours on the water during torrential rainstorms to collect water samples. His work has enabled MyRWA to track down the source of sewage contamination at countless outfall pipes and has led to enforcement actions by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Additionally, Roger’s extraordinary value is in the contributions he makes to many different aspects of MyRWA’s work, including water quality monitoring, policy, advocacy, and education. Roger is the consummate water quality warrior, and MyRWA couldn’t be happier about his selection as the 2009 National River Hero! To read more about Roger Frymire, 2009 National River Hero please click here.