State Rep. Jessica Giannino received the River Stewardship Award from the Saugus River Watershed Council â€œfor outstanding contributions toward protecting natural resources and public health in the Saugus River watershed.â€
Giannino accepted the prestigious award in person Dec. 11 at the organizationâ€™s annual meeting and dinner at The Marina at the Wharf, Revere.
â€œI am honored to recieve the SRWC Stewardship Award,â€ said Giannino. â€œThe Saugus River Watershed Council was founded 30 years ago in 1991 to protect and restore the natural resources of the Saugus River watershed. The organization works to improve water quality, restore river habitat and fisheries, educate students about the environment, and promote public access and enjoyment of the watershed. I am so thankful for this distinction, and I look forward to working with the watershed in the future to protect this important environmental asset in our community.â€
Debra Panetta, president of the Saugus River Watershed Council, and Jackie Mercurio, treasurer, praised Giannino during the award presentation ceremony.
â€œI am happy and thrilled that we have Rep. Jessica Giannino here tonight receiving one of our awards,â€ said Panetta. â€œShe has been a tireless advocate for our environment and our community.â€
Mercurio said she was honored to present the 2021 River Stewardship Award to Giannino.
â€œTonight we honor Massachusetts State Rep. Jessica Giannino,â€ began Mercurio. â€œRep. Giannino has spent the past year hitting the ground running, listening to our constituentsâ€™ environmental issues, concerned about our communityâ€™s health issues, working to pass legislation to preserve our waterways, and even volunteering to teach seventh-grade science classes about what happens when plastic fills our waterways, and the importance to reduce, reuse, and recycle.â€
Mercurio said that Giannino had â€œbig shoes to fillâ€ as the successor to Rep. RoseLee Vincent, â€œa fierce advocate for our areaâ€™s environment, who brought our voice to the State House for years.â€
â€œRep. Giannino has picked up right where Rep. Vincent has left off, without missing a beat,â€ said Mercurio, noting Gianninoâ€™s key testimony for environmental bills protecting local communities.
â€œRep. Giannino is bold and a force to be reckoned with,â€ said Mercurio. â€œThis past year sheâ€™s worn her heart on her sleeve, especially when representing Revere, Saugus, and Chelsea.â€
Mercurio credited Giannino and the Revere City Council (by an 8-1 vote) for going on record opposing the expansion of Wheelabrator.
â€œRep. Giannino, all this hard work and great partnerships youâ€™ve created over the past year are the reasons why the Saugus River Watershed is honored to present you this award,â€ said Mercurio. â€œWe are excited for the bright future you are working toward in protecting the ECAC, our waterways and marshes – and thank you for your amazing contributions in protecting our environment.â€
Accompanying Rep. Giannino to the annual dinner was her grandmother, well-known Revere resident Joann Giannino. Interestingly, the two women began their evening by showing their support at the Revere Coat Drive event at Dryft before heading to The Wharf.
Altarâ€™d State, a womenâ€™s clothing business located in Lynnfield, was also a recipient of the River Stewardship Award.