Environment

 Taking Action in Mass 2018 Legislative Agenda includes:

  • Climate Change: Back efforts to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, and through an accelerated transition to clean, renewable energy.
  • Environment: Endorse rules for disposal of electronic products and for the use of certain toxic chemicals, measures to to increase recycling. 

LWVUS Impact on Issues Environment: 

"The preservation of the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the earth’s ecosystem is essential for maximum protection of public health and the environment. The interrelationships of air, water and land resources should be recognized in designing environmental safeguards. The federal government should have the major role in setting standards for environmental protection and pollution control... Since the 1960s, we have been at the forefront of efforts to protect air, land and water resources. Our approach to environmental protection and pollution control is one of problem solving. The League’s environmental goals aim to prevent ecological degradation, and to reduce and control pollutants before they go down the sewer, up the chimney or into the landfill. We support vigorous enforcement mechanisms, including sanctions for states and localities that do not comply with federal standards as well as substantial fines for noncompliance."

LWVMA Where We Stand on Natural Resources: "Promote an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest by recognizing the interrelationships of air quality, energy, land use, waste management and water resources." 

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle works with the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). 

2018 RIVER STEWARD AWARD

Sponsored by The League of Women Voters and the Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Council - 17th Annual River Steward Awards

On Thursday, June 15th, the League of Women Voters, in partnership with the Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Council, presented its annual River Stewardship Award as part of Riverfest. This year, five nominees received the River Steward Award.

The River Steward Award recipients this year were

  • Kimberly Burlingame, Framingham Conservation Department; Susan Collins, Hop Brook Protection Association; and Thomas Largy, Wayland Surface Water Quality Committee, for their efforts in controlling water chestnut and other invasive species that have infested the rivers, ponds and lakes in the watershed.
  • Joseph Holmes, of Acton, who has stewarded the Acton Canoe Launch for years, improving access, developing a trail network and leading volunteers to clean up trash.
  • Marlies Henderson, of Billerica, for her work preserving and publicizing the connection between the Middlesex Canal and the nature in the exhibit “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.”

 

The River Stewardship Award is given to individuals, organizations, youth, teachers, businesses, government employees and others whose work has inspired children, families, town and school leaders to protect and preserve the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Wild and Scenic Rivers today, and for future generations. 

Chair of River Steward Award Nominations Committee Chair - Janet Rothrock