|Posted by Ben Cote on October 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM|
For the past seven years, we have had the honor of having Keith Gonsalves as president of the Watershed Council. Keith has decided to step down as president. I just wanted to take a minute to look back on all of his accomplishments. First, Keith was there for the final push for fish ladders on the river. And leading up to that he lead the Scoop the Herring events which still remain the largest events that the Council has ever sponsored. Keith also started several paddles, which he has promised to continue. They include Father's Day and Roger Williams as well as countless Members Paddles. Keith not only would lead these events, but he would also tell stories about river issues and would treat everybody to picnics and cookouts after. He could turn a small gathering on the river into a party! Thank you to Keith for all that he's done.
Looking back from 2006 until now, I am amazed at the changes in the watershed. It is cleaner and we are seeing more people coming out to enjoy the river. A lot of that I feel is due to Keith and his leadership. But we aren't finished. There are still piles of trash in the woods and along our rivers and streams. The watershed is still threatened by development. We still face many challenges in the coming years and the Watershed Council is needed now as much as ever. I hope that my time as president of the Council will be productive and I am asking that anybody interested in joining the board and having a voice come to a meeting. We will be posting all meetings on the calander page. It is a worth while cause.
Please join me in thanking Keith for his years of service and I look forward to working with all of you in the future!
Ten Mile River Watershed Council