Ann Kirk was honored as a River Steward on Friday, June 22 at the kick-off celebration for this year's weekend long Riverfest celebration. Ann became frustrated with the amount of water chestnut clogging Stearns Mill Pond in Sudbury. So three years ago she organized her neighbors who live near the pond to pull the weeds by hand. Ann has continued to rally support for water chestnut removal on the pond, both through pulling in the shallow water and employing a mechanical harvester in the deeper areas.
In this short time, Ann has done more than just turn the surface of the pond from green to blue. She has built a community of conservationists willing to put time and sweat into cleaning up the pond. The now annual event is part of Riverfest this year. Ann was nominated for the award by the Hop Brook Protection Association. The River Steward Award is presented by the League of Women of Women Voters and the River Stewardship Council to people and organizations who have contributed to the health of the watershed of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers.