Mike is part of the DEP team that protects the public health by performing over 15,000 lab analyses of contaminants in wastewater, air, soil, hazardous wastes and fish annually. In addition to ensuring clean air and water, MassDEP enforces environmental laws and is responsible for the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills.
Who: Laura Conlee
What: Black Bear Project Leader
Where: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
MOSES: Member since 2008.
Bear is just one of the 14 furbearer species Laura Conlee monitors for the Commonwealth. On any given day she can be found tracking through the woods, educating a group of school children or helping a town understand why coyotes are in their backyard.
Who: Marvin Lewiton, CIH
What: Industrial Safety & Health Inspector
Where: Department of Labor Standards
MOSES: Member since 1999.
Marvin is part of the OSHA On-Site Consultation Program, a free health & safety consulting service provided to small, high-hazard businesses across the state. He explains, “I get enormous personal satisfaction from helping to ensure that workers go home every day, safe from injury or illness. Small employers rarely have the resources to develop health & safety plans; our program provides that support to them.”
Who: Erika Buzby
Where: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
MOSES: Member since 2009.
Erika is responsible for identifying potential bacterial & viral threats to the citizens of Massachusetts. In a specialized environment she works to detect high suspect specimens that require rapid turnaround times and multi-agency responses. She ensures that the spread of infectious disease & harmful agents are identified to control the risk of disease to the public.
As far as anglers are concerned, it is “reel” good news when 500,000 brook, brown, rainbow and tiger trout are stocked in rivers, streams, lakes and ponds throughout Massachusetts.
Each year, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife (MassWildlife) oversees the state’s trout stocking program, a coordinated effort to raise and release hundreds of thousands of fish into roughly 500 rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. The Bay State began stocking its waterways with fish in the 1870s.
Raised at one of five fish hatcheries in the state, stocking runs through the spring months. MOSES member Ken Simmons, Ph.D., chief of hatcheries for the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, explains, “Without the stockings, there would be fewer trout to catch. Natural trout reproduction just can’t keep up with angling demands. By stocking our waterways, we provide enhanced recreation for all who fish in Massachusetts.” The stocking program is funded by the sale of state sporting licenses and federal reimbursements from taxes paid on sporting tackle. Annually, more than 500,000 people fish the state’s waters and visit the hatcheries.
(Pictured above (left to right): Joe Dorant, president, Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists, with fellow MOSES members from the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife: Steve Hurley, Southeast District Fisheries manager; Adam Davies, fish culturist and Sandwich Hatchery manager; and Ken Simmons, chief of hatcheries.)
The stocking total for spring 2016 was close to 500,000 fish: 89,580 brook trout; 265,050 rainbow trout; 129,630 brown trout; and 2,900 tiger trout. The fish vary in size from 9-18 inches, depending on their age. Simmons points out, “More than half of our stock average over 14 inches in length, with the majority at least 12 inches long.” Fall stocking season begins around the last week of September and is completed by the second week of October depending on water temperatures. Fall 2016 will see more than 60,000 rainbow trout that are 12 inches or longer stocked in Massachusetts water bodies. As was the case with the 2016 spring season, anglers will be able to view daily stocking reports and search by water body or town. The interactive stocking map can be found here: Mass.gov/Trout.
MOSES members making a difference around the world. Each year, MOSES scientists and engineers donate their time to Engineers without Borders. Here is just a small sampling of the good and important work they do.
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