GROTON -- Marion Stoddart, one of the Nashua River Watershed Association's founders, will celebrate her 85th birthday this May! To honor her, the NRWA invites you to contribute to the new Marion Stoddart Greenway Fund. And, in addition to donating to that Fund, we invite you to send her your birthday greetings which we will collect in a book to be presented to her.
Marion's work to restore the Nashua River and protect our watershed has touched thousands of lives over nearly five decades. It has been the subject of National Geographic articles, an award-winning children's book, "The River Ran Wild," by Lynne Cherry, and an award-winning documentary film: "Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000." Marion has received the United Nations Environmental Programme's Global 500 Award, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Award, and a presidential commendation. This is an opportunity to say thank you to Marion and let her know what her efforts mean to all of us.
Her longtime passion has been to expand and complete the protection of the greenway along the Nashua River and its tributaries. Marion speaks of a vision of sparkling blue water with a ribbon of green alongside it. Currently, 156 miles of riverside greenway are permanently protected, but there is much remaining to be done. Forwarding the greenway vision is an important component of NRWA's watershed approach to protecting our natural resources.
The Marion Stoddart Greenway Fund is dedicated to the Nashua River Watershed Association's programs and activities to expand, promote and permanently protect greenways along the rivers, streams, and wetlands in the Nashua River watershed; to increase awareness of the role of greenways in protecting water quality and in providing habitat and corridors for wildlife; and, where appropriate, to encourage the use of greenways for education and recreation.
Donations and greetings (including photos) may be mailed to: Stoddart Greenway Fund, Nashua River Watershed Association, 592 Main St., Groton, MA 01450. Contributions and birthday greetings may also be sent online, visit the "Celebrate Marion's Birthday" feature on our website at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Birthday greetings need to be received by May 24 to ensure inclusion in the book.