Wild and Scenic Film Festival

05/24/2023 7:00 pm
05/24/2023 10:00 pm

OARS 3 Rivers is once again hosting one of the largest environmental film festivals.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 7:00 pm–10:00 pm EDT
Fine Arts Theatre
19 Summer St, Maynard, MA 01754

OARS is hiring a summer Education Coordinator and Summer Outreach Field Assistant

Exciting opportunity to join our team in a dynamic environmental nonprofit

About OARS:
OARS is the nonprofit watershed organization for the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers in MetroWest/Central Massachusetts. OARS uses research, advocacy, and education to ensure that these beautiful rivers will continue to provide clean and abundant water, exceptional recreational opportunities, and rich wildlife habitats for the benefit of all our communities—all within a short drive of Boston, Lowell, and Worcester. For 35 years, OARS has had a major impact on cleaning up our rivers and building climate resiliency.

OARS is seeking a motivated, collaborative, and organized professional for the part-time summer position of Education Coordinator. This position is responsible for supporting OARS’ objective to inspire the next generation of river stewards. They are responsible for leading, organizing, and presenting OARS’ education programs, primarily the Water Wise Workshops, a hands-on series of outdoor environmental workshops designed for ages 5 to 10; and other educational activities and outreach events. The focus is on children, with adult and family education possible.

The drought in the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord River watershed has ended!

Feb. 13, 2023: Following five months of normal to above-normal precipitation and record-breaking warmth in January, all seven regions are at Level 0-Normal Conditions, including the Islands Region, which was previously declared at a Level 2- Significant Drought, and the Northeast and Cape Cod Regions, which were at a Level-1 Mild Drought last month.

“After nine months of Massachusetts regions experiencing drought conditions, I am pleased to declare that every region has returned to normal,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rebecca Tepper. “We thank those who implemented conservation practices at such a critical time and urge residents to remain conscientious of their water use as we continue to experience more extreme and frequent weather events due to the climate crisis.”

The Drought Management Task Force will not meet again until a region in the state is experiencing drought conditions. However, state agencies will continue to closely monitor and assess conditions across the Commonwealth.

Tracking Bacteria Pollution in the Lower Concord River

Over the last four years, OARS’ program to monitor E. coli, a fecal indicator bacteria, has consistently shown higher than acceptable levels in the Concord River at the Roger's Street bridge in Lowell. In 2020 we conducted a study that identified River Meadow Brook as the likely source of this bacterial pollution. Between 2020 and 2022, with funding support from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, we have been intensively studying River Meadow Brook to track down the sources of the bacterial pollution.
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