Saugus River Watershed Council
Upcoming Events and News                           2 April 2012
In This Issue
Smelt Spawning Habitat Survey
April 21 Community Service at Breakheart
River Night May 16th
Environmental Scholarship
Early Registration for Tuff 10K Trail Race
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Volunteers Evaluate

Smelt Spawning Habitat  

Volunteers Eric Devlin and Annie Kreider at Shute Brook.

Volunteers Eric Devlin and Annie Kreider identify smelt eggs

in Shute Brook.  Photo:  Joan LeBlanc.

Thanks to generous funding from the Massachusetts Bays Program, the Saugus River Watershed Council is working in partnership with the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries to conduct a smelt spawning habitat survey of the Saugus River and Shute Brook from March through May.   

Volunteers scanning the riverbed with waders and sampling poles have already found hundreds of smelt eggs in both the Saugus River and Shute Brook. Results of this important research project will inform our efforts to protect and restore habitat in the watershed.

Saugus River

Volunteer Pam Burgess and National Park Service Biologist Marina Welch survey the Saugus River.  Photo: Joan LeBlanc.

If you are interested in helping out or finding out more about the Council's volunteer monitoring programs, please contact

April 21st Community Service Day at Breakheart Reservation, Saugus


Breakheart Reservation

Celebrate spring by joining the Saugus River Watershed Council, Saugus Clergy Association, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation for a morning of community service work at Breakheart Reservation in Saugus on Saturday, April 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Help make a difference by participating in cleanups, trail clearing, gardening and other projects.  No RSVP needed, simply join us at Breakheart on the 21st!  

This event is part of the state's Park Serve Day and will also feature environmental and community service projects hosted by many other local non-profit organizations. Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment will host their annual 'New to You SWAP' from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. where you can drop off gently used items and pick up things you need. The Saugus Garden Club will host gardening projects, and the Friends of Breakheart Reservation is also sponsoring the day's activities. 


River Night 2012

Dinner, Auction, Live Music!


Join the Saugus River Watershed Council and friends for our annual River Night dinner and auction at Spinelli's in Lynnfield on Wednesday, May 16th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  This year's event will feature an exciting array of auction items from vacation getaways to Red Sox tickets, jewelery, entertainment, and much more.  As always, there will be something for everyone.  Browse the tables while listening to live jazz music and enjoy Spinelli's delicious dinner.


Online registration for individual guests is now open.

Reserve your seats now.


Environmental Scholarship Applications Due April 27th  

The Saugus River Watershed Council is now accepting applications for the 2012 Sean LeBlanc Memorial Scholarship for environmental leadership. One $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who demonstrates environmental leadership through community service, academic achievement, and personal commitment to environmental protection. To be eligible, applicants must live in one of the following 11 communities that are part of the Saugus River watershed - Saugus, Lynn, Revere, Wakefield, Lynnfield, Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Everett, and Peabody. This scholarship is funded by the family of Sean LeBlanc and administered by the Saugus River Watershed Council. 

Link to More Information and Applications Forms


Early Registration Open for

2012 Tuff 10K Trail Race


Ridge Trail
Click on the photo to check out our virtual tour of the course prepared by Race Coordinator Dan Scotina.
Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Tuff 10K Trail Race at Breakheart Reservation in Saugus. This year's race will take place on Sunday September 23, 2012. Register early for one of the toughest trail races in the region. Proceeds benefit the Saugus River Watershed Council's river restoration and environmental education programs. Check out our race page for course information, sponsors, and online registration.