KELT ANNUAL MEETING
Recognizing the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act
With citizen leader and organizer for clean water, Marion Stoddart
BATH, 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.
The 30 minute documentary, Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000, will be screened. The film has been garnering recognition around the world including: Best "Call-to-Action" Film (2011, Venice, CA), Projecting Change Award (2011, Vancouver, British Columbia), Best Short Film (2010, New Zealand), and the AT&T Award for Environmental Conservation and Stewardship (2011, Hollywood CA), and is touring the U.S. though in the Wild & Scenic Film Festival (2012).
There will be time for discussion and questions with Stoddart after the film.
Stoddart advocated for the passage of the Massachusetts Clean Water Act, petitioned the Federal government for funds to fight pollution, and mobilized her community to restore the Nashua River- named in the 1960s as one of the 10 most polluted rivers in the country. Stoddart's lifetime work as a grassroots organizer and coalition builder provides inspiration to individuals looking to create positive change in their communities.
In recognition of her work, Stoddart has received many awards including the United Nations Environmental Programme's Global 500 Award in Nairobi, Kenya (1987), the United States Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Award (1972), and a presidential commendation (1970). She was profiled in National Geographic (1995) and in an award-winning children's book A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry (1992); she was a National Women's History Project Honoree as "One of the Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet" (2009); she received the Children's Planet Protector Award from Boston-based 'e' inc., Environmental Science and Learning Center (2012).
A role model for women and the next generation of environmental problem solvers, Marion continues to empower and motivate by speaking to hundreds of professionals, students and community organizations every year about the difference each of us can make.
The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It holds easements on 1,087 acres of private land and maintains eight preserves for public enjoyment. FMI contact www.kennebecestuary.org;www.kennebecestuary.org or call (207) 442-8400.