Community Outreach

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Community Presentations
OARS makes an effort to meet with town boards and committees throughout the watershed to keep them informed of our work and for us to learn about local issues. We also make presentations to many different groups and organizations; a sample list is below. Please contact us if you would like a pdf of a listed presentation or would like us to make a presentation on a topic related to our mission!

Watershed Action Alliance of Southeastern Massachusetts’ Conference, Poster on Water Chestnut Guidance and Management Plan, March 16, 2017.

OARS Eighth Biennial Roundtable for Lake and River Conservation Groups of the
Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord River Watershed, “Water Chestnut Management Guidance & Five-Year Management Plan for the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord River Watershed,” March 11, 2017, at ARNWR, Sudbury.

CISMA Spring Meeting, “Water Chestnut Guidance & Management Plan,” Feb 14, 2017. SuAsCo Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, at ARNWR, Sudbury.

Boxborough Conservation Trust, “Where Does All Our Water Go? Connecting uplands, streams and a changing climate,” Dec. 8, 2016.

BioCAN, “Restoring Water,” Dec. 2, 2017. Forum on Building Resilience to Climate Disruption in Our Communities, Concord Area Biodiversity Collaborative and First Parish in Concord.

Mass. Rivers Alliance, “Water Management Act Permitting: A local perspective,” Oct. 26, 2016. A workshop on Using the Mass. Water Management Act to help your rivers and streams: A primer, in Westborough.

Concord Climate Action Network, “The Drought of 2016—Ecological Impacts,” Oct. 17, 2016. Meeting on Dealing with Drought.

Merrimack River Watershed Council, “OARS’ water quality monitoring program,” May 20, 2016. State of the Waters workshop, Lawrence.

Mass. Rivers Alliance, joint presentation on NPDES delegation to the Progressive Caucus, a legislative briefing, State House, June 2, 2016.

Baystate Roads & Mass. Rivers Alliance, “Why Stormwater Management Matters,” with The Nature Conservancy and Connecticut River Watershed Council, Oct. 15, 2015. Stormwater Utilities Workshop, Marlborough.

Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC), Fall Conference, "The Evolution of Method and Madness: Water Chestnut in the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers," Sept. 27, 2014.

Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, "Water Chestnut: Don't Let it Get You Down," April 23, 2014.

Greater Boston Trout Unlimited, "Fishable Watersheds: Adapting to Climate Disruption," January 28, 2013

SuAsCo Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA), "Mapping and Managing Water Chestnut on the Assabet River," November 13, 2012

Billerica First Parish Church, "Sustaining Billerica’s Water Resources," Sept. 14, 2012

Sustainable Sudbury, "Sustaining Sudbury’s Water Resources," Sept. 11, 2012

ERM, Inc., "Water Chestnut: Mapping and Remediation on the Assabet River," July 12, 2012. Boston.

Hudson High School, "Assabet, Sudbury & Concord: Science-Based Advocacy for Thoreau’s Rivers," May 11, 2012

Central Mass. Trout Unlimited, "Fishable Watersheds," February 9, 2012

Wayland League of Women Voters, "Watersheds and Wells: Sustaining Wayland’s Drinking Water," January 26, 2012

Saint Gobain Corp., "Watershed Connections: Our Three Rivers," Sept. 13, 2011

Lake Boon Association, "Watershed Connections: Our Three Rivers," May 15, 2011

Rotary Clubs of Bedford, Billerica and Concord, "Highlighting the Concord River: A Boater’s Trail, 2010-2011."

Society of Women Environmental Professionals, "Emerging Contaminants: Flowing Through Our Communities, Nov. 16, 2010

Mass. Audubon, Assabet, Sudbury & Concord: Science-Based Advocacy for Thoreau’s Rivers, August 3, 2010

Northborough Women’s Club, The Assabet and Concord Rivers: Flowing Through Our Communities, April 13, 2010

OARS Forum on Restoring the Water Balance, "The Assabet and Concord Rivers: Replumbing Our Watershed," March 13, 2010

OARS Forums on River Restoration, Roadmap to a Healthy River, March 13 & 28, 2009

OARS Annual Meeting, "What is LID and Why Bother? Protecting Water Resources in the Assabet Watershed," Oct. 16, 2008

Switzer Foundation, "Hydropower in New England: Balancing Climate Mitigation and Adaptation," Sept. 13, 2008

River Management Society, "Removing Dams to Improve Water Quality: Choices for Assabet River Communities," May 12, 2008

Stow Conservation Trust, "Cleaning Up the Assabet River: Water Quality, Dams and Sediments," February 2008

River Stewardship Council, "Understanding Dam Removal," January 2008