Saugus River Watershed Council
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Water Quality Monitoring
Smelt Spawning Habitat Report
Scholarship Opportunity
Council Opposes Lifting Moratorium on Waste Incinerators
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Council to Launch New Water Quality Monitoring Program  


TeamWorkThis spring, the Saugus River Watershed Council is launching a new four-year water quality monitoring program to evaluate conditions throughout the Saugus River watershed. Samples will be tested for bacteria, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, nutrients, temperature, color and odor. Results will be used to track improvements, identify problem areas, and inform efforts to improve water quality conditions.
This project is made possible by generous funding from Sterling Suffolk Racecourse*. Laboratory services for the regular monitoring program are generously donated by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Lab services for hot spot bacteria monitoring are generously donated by the Lynn Water and Sewer Commission.

*Suffolk's provision of funding toward this project was undertaken in connection with the settlement of an enforcement action, United States v. Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, LLC, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act.


Smelt Spawning Habitat Assessment:

Final Report Published 

Smelt Spawning Habitat Assessment Final Report
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The Saugus River Watershed Council recently published a Final Report highlighting the results of our 2012 Smelt Spawning Habitat Assessment.  The study was implemented in partnership with the National Park Service and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, with funding from the Massachusetts Bays Program.  Together, we documented smelt spawning habitat and identified opportunities for restoration in the Saugus River and Shute Brook. 
During 2013 and beyond, we will work with our partners to implement the recommendations for protecting and restoring smelt spawning habitat identifed through this important research project.  
Environmental Leadership Scholarship
Applications due:  Friday, April 26th

The Saugus River Watershed Council is now accepting applications for its 2013 environmental leadership scholarship. One $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior who has demonstrated environmental leadership and plans to continue in the environmental field through course of study in college or through continued volunteer work.

To be eligible, applicants must be graduating from high school in 2013 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.

Applications must be submitted by 26 April 2013.  Details and application form are available at

Saugus River Watershed Council Opposes Proposal to Lift Moratorium on New or Expanded Waste Incerators

The Saugus River Watershed Council is opposed to state's proposal to lift the moratorium on new or expanded waste incinerators in Massachusetts. Allowing waste incineration facilities to expand would ultimately result in increased emissions and contaminated ash at facilities such as the Saugus plant located adjacent to the Rumney Marshes Area of Critical Environmental Concern.  


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