2011 Fresh Pond Stewardship Awards
The 2011 Fresh Pond Stewardship Awards ceremony held Nov. 17 at the Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility in Cambridge honored Roger Frymire and Squizzle Plekavich for their long-standing commitment to, involvement with, and love for Fresh Pond Reservation, their deep roots in environmental stewardship, water quality preservation and their keen appreciation for and understanding of the effects of human intervention to preserve, protect and maintain this essential asset of Cambridge’s green environment.
Roger Frymire has worked tirelessly for the past 10 years to rid the Alewife watershed of invasive weed species. From his kayak, he has pulled up over 150,000 water chestnut plants by their roots, weighing over 10,000 pounds, from four of the ponds around the golf course. While two of the four ponds have been weed free for two and four years, Roger has vowed to continue his efforts until this invasive plant is eradicated from all of the ponds. His quiet and persistent volunteer work has helped realize the goal of the Fresh Pond Master Plan to improve and preserve the quality of the Reservation’s water bodies.
Squizzle Plekavich, a member of the Friends of Fresh Pond, has worked since 2003 providing monthly plankton surveys of Black’s Nook and Little Fresh Pond to the Water Department, information which proves useful in assessing water quality. For 13 years, he has volunteered clearing brush and assisting with projects improving pathways and clearing weeds. He co-leads Friends group programs, educating the public about the ecosystem at Fresh Pond Reservation. His efforts epitomize the educational goals of the Master Plan.
For more information about Fresh Pond Reservation, visit their website.
Friends of Fresh Pond member Elizabeth Wylde, award recipient
Squizzle Plekavich, Deputy City Manager and Master of Ceremony Richard C. Rossi, Cambridge Conservation Commission Director Jennifer Wright, award recipient Roger Frymire, and City Engineer and featured speaker Owen O’Riordan.