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. 

This award-winning documentary, created by Pepperell, MA resident Susan Edwards, 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.  Starting in 1962, Stoddart successfully lobbied for legislation such as the Massachusetts Clean Waters Act, to improve and protect the Nashua and other waterways. Continuing that record of success, she petitioned the Federal government for millions of dollars of promised funds to fight the Nashua River pollution---and won. In 1969, she co-founded the Nashua River Watershed Association.

Stoddart will speak about what local citizens can do to help complete a vision of permanently protected greenway along the Nashua River and its tributaries. “When we founded the NRWA in 1969, we committed to conserving not just the river, but also the land along the river’s edge; we had a vision of sparkling blue water with a ribbon of green alongside it,” said Stoddart.  She added, “That goal is within reach if citizens, political leaders and businesses work together to make it a reality.”

“Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we are able to partner with The Work of 1000 Civic Engagement Program to not only share the history of the Nashua River restoration project, but also discuss the many present-day problems and solutions we need to address,” says Elizabeth Ainsley Campbell, Executive Director of the Nashua River Watershed Association. “Restoration of the river is never complete; it is an ongoing process. By bringing this educational program to our local watershed communities we hope to encourage local citizens to become aware of and involved in the continued efforts to improve the entire ecosystem of the river watershed.”

The series of free programs was made available to 10 libraries located in the Nashua River watershed, on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The events are free and open to the general public at the following libraries:

  • Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg, MA – 7:00-8:30pm, June 5
  • Lancaster Public Library, 717 Main Street, Lancaster, MA – 6:00-7:30pm, June 6
  • Brookline Public Library, 16 Main Street, Brookline, NH – 6:30-8:00pm, June 11
  • Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua Street, Milford, NH – 7:00-8:30pm, June 12
  • Ayer Public Library, 26 East Main Street, Ayer, MA – 6:00-7:30pm, June 20
  • Forbush Memorial Library, 118 Main Street, Westminster, MA – 7:00- 8:30pm, June 26
  • Princeton Public Library, 2 Town Hall Drive, Princeton, MA – 7:00-8:30pm, June 27
  • Hazen Memorial Library, 3 Keady Way, Shirley, MA – 6:00-7:30pm, July 11
  • Townsend Public Library, 12 Dudley Road, Townsend, MA – 7:00-8:30pm, July 16
  • Boylston Public Library, 695 Main Street, Boylston, MA – 7:00-8:30pm, July 23

About The Nashua River Watershed Association
The mission of the Nashua River Watershed Association is to work for a healthy ecosystem with clean water and open spaces for human and wildlife communities, where people work together to sustain mutual economic and environmental well-being in the Nashua River watershed. The Nashua River Watershed Association was founded in 1969 on the belief that every individual has the power to make a difference. That belief led to the clean-up of one of the nation’s most polluted rivers, an internationally recognized success story. That same belief powers the work of the NRWA today.  The NRWA has evolved from a grassroots enterprise to an organization that combines professional conservation staff and dedicated volunteers  to act as a regional leader in natural resource protection and environmental education for our 32 watershed communities in north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.