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).
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.