Saugus River Watershed Council
Upcoming Events and News                                 No: 2, 10 March 2011
In This Issue
Wine Tasting Event, Sunday, March 13th
Protecting Watershed Resources in a Changing Climate, Workshops, Tuesday, April 5th
Volunteers Needed for Smelt Habitat Survey
Scholarship Applications Due April 22nd
River Night Dinner & Benefit Auction May 3rd
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Winter Wine Tasting this Sunday  
March 13th, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Wine Shop of Reading


Wine Tasting

Enjoy wine, cheese, and live music for a great cause.   


Register now or find out more. 


There's still time to RSVP for this great event, which will feature fine wines from around the world, wine and cheese pairings, information about latest happenings in the Saugus River watershed, and live music featuring Dave Simmons (guitar and vocals), Brian Donnelly (saxophone), and Mara Bettencourt (vocals). Connect with old friends and make new ones while learning about wine from experts in this informal atmosphere. All proceeds will benefit the Saugus River Watershed Council's environmental education programs.


This event is open to the public so invite your friends. 

$20 per person.  


Location:  The Wine Shop of Reading, 676 Main Street, Reading. The shop is located on Main Street (Route 28) in Reading Center, several doors down from CVS Pharmacy. 

Protecting Watershed Resources  

in a Changing Climate

Tuesday, April 5th

8:30 a.m. to Noon, FREE

Sheraton Colonial North Hotel

One Audubon Road, Wakefield  


Learn about protecting watershed resources and local infrastructure while dealing with heavy rainstorms, extended dry periods, sea level rise, and other environmental challenges associated with our changing climate.  LID2
Topics include:

- Low Impact Development Techniques

- Green Design - LEED

- Designing, Operating and Maintaining  

  Stormwater Controls

- Resources for Implementing LID

- Guidance for meeting Department of Environmental Protection's

  new stormwater management requirements for municipal systems

Featured speakers from GeoSyntec Consultants:
Steven Roy, LEED AP
Robert Hartzel, CLM, CPESC
This event is geared toward municipal officials, conservation commission members, town engineers, community leaders, residents, environmental groups, and anyone interested in protecting watershed resources.
This FREE workshop includes continental breakfast and coffee break generously donated by the Sheraton Colonial North Hotel & Conference Center.  
This event is part of the Saugus River Watershed Council's Climate Change Awareness Program funded in part by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust. Special thanks to event sponsors GeoSyntec Consultants and the Sheraton Colonial North Hotel & Conference Center.

Volunteers Needed for Smelt Spawning Habitat Survey

Smelt Monitoring
Volunteer Rob Lang inspects gravel for smelt eggs.
Staff and volunteers from the Saugus River Watershed Council, the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, and Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries are working together to evaluate smelt spawning habitat in the Saugus River this spring.    
Do you think working in the river with waders on during all kinds of weather sounds like fun? If so, you may be interested in volunteering to help out with this hands-on environmental research project that began in March and will continue through the end of May. Volunteers will help identify locations where rainbow smelt are depositing their eggs along the bottom of the Saugus River.  
To find out more about how you can help, please contact Saugus River Watershed Council Director Joan LeBlanc at

This project is part of the Council's ongoing efforts to protect and restore historic fisheries in the watershed.  

Sean LeBlanc Memorial Scholarship

APPLICATIONS DUE:  Friday, April 22  

Prankers Pond

Bench at Pranker's Pond

built by Sean LeBlanc.


Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Sean LeBlanc Memorial Scholarship for environmental leadership. The scholarship was established in memory of Saugus resident Sean LeBlanc who demonstrated a personal commitment to protecting the environment through volunteer efforts.

To be eligible, applicants must be graduating from high school during the spring of 2011 and live in one of the following eleven communities that are part of the Saugus River watershed: Saugus, Lynn, Wakefield, Revere, Lynnfield, Malden, Melrose, Everett, Reading, Peabody and Stoneham.
One $500 scholarship recipient will be selected based upon commitment to environmental protection, academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school or community activities, and education goals related to protecting the environment.

River Night Dinner & Auction 

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, 3 May 2011


Mark your calendars now for the Saugus River Watershed Council's annual River Night dinner and benefit auction to be held on Tuesday, May 3rd at Spinelli's in Lynnfield, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  
Don't miss the fun and excitement of our annual celebration. This year's auction will include vacation getaways, Red Sox tickets, personal luxuries, children's items, home and gardening, artwork, tickets to museums, items with an environmental theme, jewelry and much more!

Help out by donating auction items, purchasing ads in the program book, or becoming a sponsor. And of course, be sure to attend!

 Find out more about River Night 2011