Are Our Rivers Healthy? Tackling Pollution Past, Present and Future
How do we understand what makes the Sudbury River healthy? Alison Field-Juma, the Executive Director of OARS, the watershed organization for the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers, will give a lively presentation exploring how river health is evaluated and communicated to the community. She will also touch on river pollution, including contaminants such as mercury and PFAS, and the interplay between river ecosystems and the impacts of climate change.
This is a free program and all are welcome. Please register for the program to receive the Zoom Meeting Link.
Alison Field-Juma is Executive Director of OARS, the watershed organization for the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord(SuAsCo) Rivers, which she joined in 2005. She is Vice-Chair of the SuAsCo Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council, serves on the Board of Directors of the 495/MetroWest Partnership, on the Advisory Committee of the MetroWest Conservation Alliance, and chairs the Aquatic Invasives Management Subcommittee of the SuAsCo Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA). Prior to joining OARS, Alison was Director of the Environmental Governance Programme of the African Centre for Technology Studies and a researcher at the World Agroforestry Centre, both in Nairobi, Kenya. Alison holds an MSc in Natural Resource Policy and Planning from Cornell University, a BSc in Biology from Tufts University, and is Municipal Climate Vulnerability Preparedness certified. She is leading the formation of a SuAsCo Climate Resiliency Coalition in which Lincoln is participating. Alison spent her childhood staring at the Charles River out her bedroom window, when she wasn’t running around in the forest climbing trees.