Saturday, June 15, 2019

Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club – Springfield, MA

River Celebration is our annual event that brings together hundreds of CRC members, partners, river-lovers, and friends to celebrate the nationally-recognized Connecticut River and those who help protect it.

On June 15 we enjoyed a fabulous day navigating the river in dragon boats and kayaks, walking the bike path and understanding the issues of combined sewer overflows, we planted trees, enjoyed activity booths, the Bud Foster awards ceremony, and engaging speakers. It was a fun day spent enjoying all our rivers have to offer. We hope you’ll join us next year!

Photographs by Sam Masinter and Angela Chaffee.

2019 Bud Foster Awardees!

The Bud Foster Awards honor individuals who have shown “outstanding devotion, service and commitment to our rivers.” Bud Foster was CRC’s 1st Executive Director, serving the river and its inhabitants in the 1950s. With the Bud Foster award, CRC recognizes the legacy of those who have worked to revitalize our rivers.

Cynthia Boettner

Cynthia retired in April after serving 20 years as a biologist for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.  There she coordinated the refuge’s Invasive Plant Control Initiative in the Connecticut River watershed.  She raised awareness about the issue by organizing numerous workshops, conferences and webinars and gave many presentations on the topic. Her biggest project was working with numerous partners, volunteers and youth to stop the spread of invasive water chestnut.

She previously worked on gypsy moth research for the University of Massachusetts and coordinated an urban gardening program for a non-profit organization (the Flint Environmental Action Team) in Flint, Michigan.

Cynthia and her husband Jeff live in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts with their two cats.  Jeff has also has gotten into the water chestnut project and they will continue to be involved in between their retirement adventures in their VW pop-up camper that sports two kayaks.

Mickey Nowak

Mickey Nowak started his career working on the Connecticut River in 1978 as an Operator at the Springfield Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility. During his career at the facility, he worked as an Operator, Senior Operator, Superintendent, Assistant Project Manager, and from 2014 to 2018 was the facilities Project Manager.

Throughout his career Mickey has been involved with many professional and community organizations dedicated to a clean environment including the Water Environment Federation, New England Water Environment Association, Massachusetts Water Pollution Control Association, CRC Source To Sea Cleanup, Keep Springfield Beautiful Community Cleanup, Springfield Science Museum Earth Day, and has conducted numerous tours of wastewater facilities for many community groups. Professional awards include the John J. Hartley Award, Alfred E. Peloquin Award, and Hatfield Award.

During his career Mickey is very proud to have seen over 500 billion gallons of water pass through the Springfield wastewater facility and has enjoyed every day of his time working to keep the Connecticut River clean.

Mickey is a proud Graduate of Springfield Technical Community College with an AS in Environmental Science and holds a Grade 7 MA Wastewater Treatment License.

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