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Susan Edwards to Receive 2015 Environmental Education Award from the Nashua River Watershed Association

Marion and  Sue on Nashua W1K website

November 2, 2015 - The Work of 1000 Civic Engagement Program is pleased to announce that the Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) has named Susan Edwards, producer of the Work of 1000 Civic Engagement Program, as the recipient of its 2015 Environmental Education Award. The awards program will be held during the NRWA's Annual Meeting at the Devens Common Center in Devens, MA on Thursday, November 12 from 7:00-9:00pm. Tickets to the event may be purchased via the NRWA website.

Elizabeth Ainsley Campbell, the Executive Director of the Nashua River Watershed Association, said “We are delighted to present our 2015 Environmental Education Award to Susan Edwards for her passion and creativity in producing documentaries to share Marion Stoddart’s vision and inspire stewardship of the Nashua River and its greenways.”

“I’m honored to receive this award and very pleased to support the important work of the NRWA,” said Susan Edwards, who produced two documentary films about the cleanup and protection of the Nashua River and its tributaries.

“I’d never made a film before, but in 2006, after learning about Marion Stoddart and the Nashua River, it became my passion project to translate the story to film,” said Edwards. “Marion shows that ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference in their community, and she motivates people to love, care for and protect their environment. In turn, I hope that my experiences as a filmmaker encourage people to apply their own creativity and passion to support a cause they care about,” said Edwards.


Thanks to her, Nashua River flows clean and clear

Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000 (film poster)From The Sentinel & Enterprise, July 31, 2013 - The Nashua River had become a dumping ground for what the mills perched along its banks didn't need. She moved to Groton from Nevada in 1962 with her husband, Hugh, and their three children. And by 1965, the Nashua was among the nation's 10 most polluted rivers.

It was dead.

And then Stoddart, now 85, sank her teeth into breathing new life into the river. And she has never stopped.

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At 85, Groton Environmentalist Keeps Rolling Like the River She Protects

Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000 (film poster)From The Lowell Sun, May 26, 2013 - After successfully pushing for the enactment of state Clean Waters Act and the federal Water Pollution Control Act, though, the legendary environmentalist says her decades-long effort to protect rivers is far from over. With 45 percent of the shorelines along the 56-mile main stem of the Nashua River now preserved, Stoddart wants to protect the entire riverbank, including those of tributaries such as Nissitissit and Squannacook.

Read the article in the Lowell Sun...

 


The Nashua River Watershed Association and The Work of 1000 Civic Engagement Program Partner to Offer Free Screenings of “Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000”

Marion Stoddart to Speak About Nashua River Greenway Programs

Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000 (film poster)Pepperell, MA - The Nashua River Watershed Association and The Work of 1000 Civic Engagement Program have teamed up to offer free educational programs at 10 public libraries in the Nashua River Watershed. Each program will include a screening of the documentary film, Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000, followed by a Q & A discussion with Stoddart about the Nashua River Watershed Association’s greenway programs. An NRWA staff person will also be on site to discuss current NRWA programs and activities. 

Read more: Nashua River Watershed Association Library Series


Clean Water Action Publishes Guest Blog Post by Marion Stoddart

Clean Water Action is a non-profit organization dedicated to clean, safe and affordable water; prevention of health threatening pollution; creation of environmentally safe jobs and businesses; and empowerment of people to make democracy work.

Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000 (film poster)In a December 2 commentary in the Boston Globe, columnist Tom Keane wrote that “The key to American energy independence is ‘drill, baby, drill’ — or perhaps more correctly, ‘frack, baby, frack.’”

Keane may not fully appreciate the environmental cost of fracking; it consumes large amounts of water and releases contaminated water underground. In an age when many cities, towns and individuals throughout America already struggle to maintain adequate water supplies for drinking and irrigation, it makes no sense at all to consume vast quantities of water. The fact that the fracking process pollutes the water only adds insult to injury.

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Trustees of Reservations to Screen Award-Winning Documentary Film:
Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000

Stoddart to Speak on 50 Years of Environmental Advocacy;
Local Environmental Leaders to Participate in Q&A Session

Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000 (film poster)Pepperell, MA-The Trustees of Reservations will host a program featuring the documentary film Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000  and a panel discussion with Holyoke environmental leaders at the Wistariahurst Museum at 238 Cabot Street in Holyoke on Thursday,  January 10, from 6:30-8:30PM.   The event is free and open to the general public.

This award-winning documentary tells the inspiring story of how Stoddart, a self-described ordinary woman from Groton, MA, was able to accomplish the extraordinary in mobilizing the clean-up of the Nashua River. The Nashua River, which flows through north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, was once one of the 10 most-polluted rivers in America.

Read more: Trustees of Reservations To Screen Documentary Film, Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000


Framingham State University to Screen Award-Winning Documentary Film:
Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000

Eco-Pioneer Will Speak at Event with Lynne Cherry,
Author of “A River Ran Wild” Children’s Book

Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000 (film poster)Pepperell, MA - Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts will offer a public screening of the documentary film, Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000, on September 26, 2012 at 4:30pm. The general public is invited to attend this free event.

The award-winning documentary by local filmmakers Susan Edwards and Dorie Clark tells the inspiring story of how Stoddart, a self-described ordinary woman in Groton, Massachusetts, was able to accomplish the extraordinary in mobilizing the clean-up of the Nashua River. The Nashua River, which flows through north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, was once one of the 10 most-polluted rivers in America.

Read more: Framingham State University to Screen Award-Winning Documentary Film: Marion Stoddart: The Work...


SILENT RIVER FILM FESTIVAL (SRFF) UNVEILS ITS 2012 LINE-UP

SRFFOfficialSelection smallIrvine, California, USA - Some of the industry’s finest filmmakers will come together to share their work and love for cinema at the 2012 “Silent River Film Festival” in Irvine, taking place from October 11th - 14th..

 

Read more: SRFF UNVEILS ITS 2012 LINE-UP


KELT ANNUAL MEETING
Recognizing the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act
 With citizen leader and organizer for clean water, Marion Stoddart

KELTLogoBATH, ME - The public is invited to attend the member gathering and annual meeting of the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) on August 15th at 7:00pm at the Winter Street Center in Bath Maine.

The event will provide a concise overview of the programs and properties offered by the regional conservation organization dedicated to the protection of the land, water, and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary.

After the brief meeting, KELT welcomes citizen leader and organizer for clean water, Marion Stoddart in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Water restoration and protection was brought to the national light by legendary Maine Senator, Edmund Muskie, and championed by Stoddart on the community-level in New England.

 

Read more: Marion Stoddart Guest of Kennebec Estuary Land Trust


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40 Years after Clean Water Act, Our Waterways Still Need Watchdogs and Stewards

By Marion Stoddart and John Duff

In early 2012, Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced “America’s Great Outdoors Rivers Initiative,” an effort to protect and restore America’s rivers for people and wildlife and to support jobs in tourism and outdoor recreation. This is good news, because rivers— and oceans— are our lifeblood and need ongoing care. Thanks to the Clean Water Act, passed in 1972, it’s now possible to swim and fish in many rivers and seas that were extremely polluted only a few years or decades ago. The 40th anniversary of this key legislation is an ideal time to reflect on progress we’ve made, as well as the work that remains.

Read more: 40 Years After Clean Water Act


 Work of 1000: The Story of an Unlikely Hero
An Interview with Filmmaker Susan Edwards

Passion Not Profit Drove Filmmaker to Create Film

anthony everettinterviews sueedwardsBoston, MA-June 19, 2012 - Anthony Everett interviews Susan Edwards  about her film, Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 7:30PM on Chronicle WCVB Channel 5.

"It's a wonderful film. The message that I took away is that anybody can make a difference and a profound difference. Marion really was 'anyone' who became remarkable."  Chronicle host, Anthony Everett, introducing Sue Edwards and the film.

Watch the interview here: WCVB TV Channel 5 Chronicle (07:33 minutes)


Award-winning Documentary Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000 To Screen at
The Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario

Women-Produced and Women-Directed Film Features Citizen Heroine

feffPepperell, Massachusetts and Toronto, Ontario–June 18, 2012Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000, a film by Susan Edwards and Dorie Clark, will be screening at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario, on June 21, 2012 at 1:30pm. The film tells the inspiring story of how Marion Stoddart, a self-described ordinary woman, was able to accomplish the extraordinary in mobilizing environmental remediation of the Nashua River—once one of the 10 most-polluted rivers in America—which flows through north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

Read more: The Work of 1000 To Screen at The Female Eye Film Festival


Marion Stoddart to Speak at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government
 Activist will Share Life Lessons in Civic Engagement and Leadership

Marion StoddartCambridge, MA - Renowned river advocate Marion Stoddart will share her life experience as a civic leader and pioneer environmental activist, in a June 14, 2012 lecture at Harvard Kennedy School. Stoddart will be speaking to government sector professionals in the “Senior Executives in State and Local Government,” Executive Education Program—a three-week intensive course to help seasoned public officials engage with constituents on the changing needs of their communities.

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Read more: Marion Stoddart Guest of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government

 


Celebrate and Protect Our Rivers
By Marion Stoddart and John Duff

(This OpEd appeared in the Providence Journal, Sunday June 10, 2012;
and in the Worcester Telegram, as 'Rivers cleaner, still work to do,' June 14, 2012)

stoddart duff oped w1kwebJune 2012 - Last week, Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar highlighted projects in 10 northeastern states that serve as models of the “America’s Great Outdoors Rivers Initiative.”  We are fortunate that Salazar’s initiative includes two New England rivers: the Blackstone River and the Connecticut River.

The timing of this initiative is apropos, given that June is National Rivers Month, and 2012 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Federal Clean Water Act...

Read more: OpEd-Celebrate and Protect Our Rivers

 


Celebrate and Protect Our Rivers and Oceans
By Marion Stoddart and John Duff

(This OpEd first appeared in the Nashua Telegraph, June 10; and the Lowell Sun, June 11, 2012. Please contact Susan Edwards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to adapt this article for your publication.)

thennowhowJune 17, 2012 - Memorial Day signaled the unofficial start of summer as families moved their remembrances and celebrations outdoors and began digging out their water garb and gear. But did you know that June is National Rivers Month and June 8th was World Oceans Day? Thankfully, the Clean Water Act helps us celebrate in, at and on our rivers and seas in ways that many thought impossible just a few years ago.

Download a PDF of this OpEd.

Read more: Celebrate and Protect Our Rivers and Oceans


Award-winning Documentary Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000 To Screen at
The Julian Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Volcan Mountain, May 4-6, 2012
Inspirational film chronicles citizen-hero’s efforts to clean-up of one of America’s most polluted rivers

Julian, CaliforniaMarion Stoddart: The Work of 1000, a film by Susan Edwards and Dorie Clark, will be screening at the 1st Annual Julian Wild & Scenic Film Festival hosted by the Volcan Mountain Foundation, Julian California, May 4-6, 2012. The film tells the inspiring story of how Marion Stoddart, a self-described ordinary woman, was able to accomplish the extraordinary in mobilizing environmental remediation of the Nashua River—once one of the 10 most-polluted rivers in America—which flows through north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

Read more: The Work of 1000 To Screen at The Julian Wild & Scenic Film Festival


Marion Stoddart Receives “Children’s Planet Protector” Award from “E” inc.
Environmentalist and Citizen Hero Stars in Documentary,
Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000

planetprotectorBoston, Massachusetts–April 11, 2012– Marion Stoddart, the environmental activist and star of the documentary Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000, has been given the Children’s Planet Protector Award by “e” inc., an environment science learning & action center based in Boston, MA. Stoddart, who has also been honored by the United Nations Environmental Programme’s Global 500 Award and National Geographic for her work as a pioneer of environmental activism, is a citizen leader committed to a lifetime of grassroots organizing and coalition building.

Read more: Marion Stoddart Receives “Children’s Planet Protector” Award from “E” inc.

 


Award-winning Documentary Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000
To Screen at the Boston International Film Festival

Inspirational film chronicles clean-up of one of America's most polluted rivers by citizen hero

Boston, Massachusetts–Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000, a film by Susan Edwards and Dorie Clark, has been named an "Official Selection" at the Boston International Film Festival, and will be screening on April 18, 2012 at 2:30pm. The film tells the inspiring story of how Marion Stoddart, a self-described ordinary woman, was able to accomplish the extraordinary in mobilizing environmental remediation of the Nashua River—once one of the 10 most-polluted rivers in America—which flows through north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

 Download the pdf of this press release.

Read the rest of the Press Release about the Boston International Film Festival


The Boston Globe, June 10, 2010
By John Dyer

Americans feeling distraught as they watch thousands of gallons of oil pour into the Gulf of Mexico every day might take heart from Groton resident Marion Stoddart.

Read Article: http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2010/06/10/film_tells_how_groton_woman_cleaned_a_river_and_changed_the_world/