US Fish & Wildlife Service Award $1 Million to Restore Rumney Marsh
On January 3rd, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that a $1 million National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grant has been awarded to support the Rumney Marsh Restoration and Conservation Project in Saugus. The award was part of $20.5 million in grants from the US Fish & Wildlife Service to support 24 projects in only 13 states. Funds will enable the long-awaited Ballard Street Salt Marsh Restoration project to move forward.
"This $1 million federal award marks an excellent beginning for the Saugus River watershed in 2012", said SRWC Executive Director Joan LeBlanc. "Implementing the Ballard Street Salt Marsh Restoration project will remove historic I-95 fill, restore valuable wildlife habitat, and improve flood storage capacity in the Rumney Marshes Area of Critical Environmental Concern", said LeBlanc. The Saugus River Watershed Council will work with project managers at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, as well as local and state public officials to assist with public outreach and project review.
Fundraiser at Tides Restaurant January 19th, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Enjoy a relaxing night out at Tides Restaurant & Pub located at the end of the causeway along Nahant Beach on Thursday, January 19th. 10% of all proceeds from the restaurant, bar and pub from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. will be donated to support the Saugus River Watershed Council's river restoration and environmental education programs.
Stop by our information table at Tides on the 19th to say hello, check out our raffle table, and find out about 2012 upcoming programs and events. Pass this e-mail along to your friends and family as this is a fun way to meet up for a delicious dinner while helping to support a great local cause.
Special thanks to the generous owners of Tides Restaurant & Pub for hosting this fundraiser!!
We hope to see you there! You do not need to RSVP.
Tides Restaurant & Pub 2B Wilson Road Nahant, MA 01908
Directions: Follow the Lynn/Nahant causeway to end, restaurant is located on the left at Nahant Beach. www.tidesnahant.com
With the start of the New Year, now is a great time to help support the Saugus River Watershed Council's 2012 efforts to protect and restore the natural resources of the watershed by making a financial contribution. Your donations will help us to:
Educate hundreds of local students about protecting their local watershed through field and classroom programs.
Students from Brickett Elementary School in Lynn
develop a sustainable riverfront plan. Fall 2011.
Students from the Whelan School in Revere learn
about wildlife at Rumney Marsh. Summer 2011.
Monitor and Restore river conditions and critical wildlife habitat throughout the watershed.
Volunteers assess smelt spawning habitat in the Saugus River.
Protect our valuable natural resources by working in partnership with local communities, businesses and public officials to promote sustainable development practices, reduce stormwater pollution, and adapt to our changing climate.
SRWC hosts workshops highlighting strategies for watershed
protection in a changing climate. Spring 2011.
Please feel free to make a secure online donation today using the PayPal links below, or for those who prefer to send a check or money order, please forward your donation in any amount to: Saugus River Watershed Council, P.O. Box 1092, Saugus, MA 01906.