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Saugus River Watershed Council presents environmental awards at Annual Meeting

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  The Saugus River Watershed Council (SRWC) honored state Rep. Jeff Turco (D-Winthrop) and Jonah Chiarenza from Bike to the Sea with River Stewardship Awards during its annual meeting on Monday (Dec. 12).

  “Representative Turco continues to be an environmental champion for Saugus and Revere,” SRWC President Debra Panetta said.

  Mary Lester, the council’s Program Coordinator, cited Chiarenza and his involvement with Bike to the Sea, noting “this organization deserves so much for everything they have done for the Northern Strand and all the efforts put forth with bringing communities together.”

  During its meeting at Spinelli’s in Lynnfield, SRWC also elected 2023 board members and highlighted their 2022 accomplishments. Cindy Luppi, from Clean Water Action, gave the keynote address. She coordinates community-based efforts to reduce pollution and promote a cleaner, more sustainable economy.

  “I’d like to sincerely thank all of the members of the Saugus River Watershed Council for their continued efforts to protect our environment,” said Panetta, a Saugus selectman who has served as president of the council for 15 years.

  “As president of the Saugus River Watershed Council, my mission has always been to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our residents. It is with our combined efforts that we ensure a cleaner and healthier environment to pass on to future generations,” she said.

  Lester said it was “terrific to be able to recognize environmental advocates from our community.” She said the council was “grateful” to Turco and Chiarenza “for their support and collaboration on many projects.”

  “Cindy Luppi from Clean Water Action gave a fantastic presentation on our battle for a healthier tomorrow. We look forward to a wonderful 2023 in the Watershed!” she said.

  The Saugus River Watershed Council is a nonprofit organization founded in 1991 to protect and restore the natural resources of the Saugus River watershed.

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