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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE
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In honor of Earth Day, an interview with Joan LeBlanc, the Saugus River
Watershed Council’s part-time executive director
Editor’s Note
:
For this week, we interviewed Joan LeBlanc, the part-timeexecutivedirectorof the
Saugus River Watershed Council,
a nonprofit environmental orga-
nization dedicated to protecting
andrestoringthenatural resourc-
es of the Saugus River watershed.
We asked her to talk about the
council, itsaccomplishmentsand
the group’s unfinished work, and
toshareher thoughtsonthestate
of the environment in Saugus.
LeBlanc,aLynnnative,graduat-
edfromLynnEnglishHighSchool.
She received a bachelor’s degree
in Political Science with a minor
in Journalism from the Universi-
ty of Massachusetts-Amherst in
1987.Hereducationalso includes
acertificatefromtheEnvironmen-
tal Leadership andManagement
Institute at Tufts University, anda
CertificateinSustainableBusiness
from the University of Southern
Maine, Business School.
In addition to her work at the
Saugus River Watershed Council,
LeBlanc spends the other half of
her professional time working as
Council Coordinator for the Gulf
of Maine Council on the Marine
Environment, an international
organization created to foster bi-
national collaboration between
theUnitedStatesandCanada to-
wardenvironmental stewardship
and protection of the natural re-
sources of the Gulf of Maine. LeB-
lanc previously served as Depu-
tyDirector for The BostonHarbor
Association, where she worked
to promote the historic cleanup
of BostonHarbor and implement
a $30million restoration of its ur-
ban beaches. She also serves as a
member of the advisory commit-
teetotheMassachusettsEnviron-
mental Trust, where she reviews
over $1 million in grant propos-
alseachyear forprojectsaimedat
protecting water resources in the
state. Prior toher career in the en-
vironmentalfield,LeBlancworked
intheBudgetBureauof theExecu-
tive Office of Administration and
Finance during the administra-
tionsof formerGovernorsMichael
DukakisandWilliamWeld. There,
sheworkedonpublicfinance, de-
Joan LeBlanc, the part-time executive director of the Saugus
RiverWatershed Council, is also Council Coordinator for the Gulf
of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, an international
organization that promotes collaboration between the United
States and Canada on protection of the natural resources of the
Gulf ofMaine. Here she standsnear theocean inMaine.
(Courtesy Photo)
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