“Back to Nature” by Allen Orsi, P.E., a Managing Engineer in Pare’s Geotechnical Division, is the winner of the 5th Annual Earth Day Photo Contest. This year, Pare employees were asked to submit a photo inspired by the Earth Day 2015 theme: Take a stand, so that together we can show the world a new direction. It’s our turn to lead. Our world leaders will follow.
The 2015 photo contest was incredibly close. There was a tie between photos for most of the week, but in the end, “Back to Nature” won by two votes!
The Bartlet Pond Dam, originally constructed in 1814, was a barrier to the natural ecology of the Wekepeke Brook for nearly 200 years. During that time, the presence of the dam resulted in increased water temperatures, lower Dissolved Oxygen, disconnected environments, and other environmental detriments. In 2014, the dam was removed, restoring the area to a natural stream channel and allowing for the natural healing of the ecosystem to begin, which will benefit both the Wekepeke as well as the Nashua River, located shortly downstream. In recognition of this achievement, state and local officials gathered to celebrate the project and other environmental initiatives being supported financially through programs being offered by EOEEA. Attendance at the event demonstrated the state’s commitment and progress in restoring our natural environment; the new growth embodies the power of nature to overcome man’s interference in the cycle of nature.
Congratulations to our winner, Allen Orsi. Allen will receive a gift card to Briggs Garden & Home.
You can check out the rest of the photo entries here.
A special thanks to all who contributed to this year’s Earth Day Photo Contest. This year’s entrants were:
#1 Andrew Chagnon – Synthetic Turf Field, Marshfield
#2 Allen Orsi – Back to Nature
#3 Dave Easterbrooks – Save the Bay Swim
#4 Marc Weller – Eco-Machine
#5 Lauren Hastings – Tread Lightly
#6 Tim Thies – S-s-s-s-s-s-springtime Buddies
#7 Dave McCombs – Solitude
#8 Nick Romano – Koi Pond
#9 Victoria Howland – Living Machine
#10 Mel Hebert – Aurora Borealis
#11 Brandon Blanchard – Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?
#12 Cari Orsi – Living Green
#13 Scott Lindgren – Follow us, together we will lead.