Wednesday Wisdom – Marion Stoddart

Original image by Zachary Cava/USFWS

Original image by Zachary Cava/USFWS

Conservationist and citizen scientist Marion Stoddart of Groton, NH founded the Nashua River Watershed Association in 1969 to bring together community members, businesses, federal and state agencies, and other organizations to help restore the Nashua River.  The river was on the top 10 most polluted US rivers list. Today the Nashua is nearly pristine. Marion and the Nashua River Watershed Association have continued to spearhead the protection of 174 miles of riverside greenways along the Nashua and its major tributaries including the J. Harry Rich State Forest, Nashua River Rail Trail and the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge.

#HerStory continues as she inspires others in the Nashua River area to preserve the green spaces that surround those communities and work closely with agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to address landscape-level conservation in New England.

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