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Friday, June 16, 2006


Lynn Knight wins River Steward Award

Lynn Knight stands with her son Mathew (right), a sophomore at Concord-Carlisle High School, who helped with water testing. (Photo by Sylvia Willard)

On Friday, June 9, Lynn Knight of Fern Lane received the River Steward Award for her work monitoring the water quality of the Assabet River. The award was presented at the annual RiverFest celebration held at the Buttrick Mansion in Concord.

Past recipients from Carlisle include Louise Hara and the Trails Committee, Vivian Chaput (posthumously) and Greg Peterson.

The Conservation Commission nominated her, and described her work:

"Lynn Knight has been a volunteer water quality monitor for the Organization for Assabet River (OAR) for the past six years. Her duties have involved sampling and collecting data during the early morning hours, from six sites along the lower Assabet River in Concord, May through September. The purpose has been to determine in-situ water quality information, such as turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and temperature. She also collects samples for further testing in a lab setting. Her data and the lab testing results are accepted by the EPA, published by OAR and available for local, state and federal use. Lynn has also written a short history of Spencer Brook, which rises in Carlisle and joins the Assabet River in Concord. She has also monitored Spencer Brook's water levels at the Concord staff gauge, and to help guide the next generation, she has enlisted the assistance of both her daughter and her son for their high school community service requirements.

The data Lynn collects helps contribute to the Organization for the Assabet River's advocacy for the Concord River Watershed. Having committed herself to this project for such a long period of time shows a dedication and commitment worthy of note. Carlisle is fortunate to have a representative on the OAR stream team to assist in such an important project. Long-term monitoring of the Concord River's tributaries is critical to the health of the river itself. It helps determine sources of water contaminants, excess nutrients and suspended solids, and understand the impact of continued land development within the watershed. A healthy river is clearly an important public resource not only for water-dependent wildlife but also for the water supply and recreation needs for the region's residents and visitors."

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