Hi, My name is Adam Augello and I am CCBW’s Intern/Program Assistant for the summer. This will be my second year doing this job, and I am ready to commence another year of blood, sweat, and tears to protect Cape Cod Bay. I just finished up my first year of college at UMASS Boston, where I am majoring in Environmental Science. Before that I graduated from Silver Lake High School in 2013.
I grew up in Kingston, Massachusetts, just a stone’s throw away from Plymouth Rock, and home to the Jones River where the Pilgrim’s first explored the New Land before settling in Plymouth in 1620. The Jones River is also significant because of its usage by river herring as a spawning ground. River herring are species of “special concern,” which are threatened by, among other things, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (PNPS). These blueback and alewife populations have a special place in my heart, as I volunteered last year for the annual herring run counts with the Jones River Watershed Association (JRWA) and got to see them on their journey up the river.
It was through JRWA that I first became involved with CCBW and work related to the PNPS. Pine duBois, Executive Director of JRWA, told me about a Fukushima one year anniversary march through Plymouth in 2012, which I ended up participating in. The march had a very powerful and spiritual effect on me. We passed by the PNPS entrance and walked through historic Plymouth center, getting jeered at by local Pilgrim supporters. But I continued to walk in solidarity with other amazing people and in spirit with those affected by the Fukushima disaster. After talking with an activist there, and hearing about some of the scary facts about Pilgrim, I felt that I should get involved. A newly forming group called CCBW was mentioned, and I volunteered to help paint their new office on Main Street in Plymouth in the summer of 2012. That winter I started going to meetings, and in the spring I ended up applying for their first internship position – and got the job! That summer of 2013 was certainly an exciting time to be a CCBW intern, with the zoning board of appeals case going on over the process of storing Entergy’s spent nuclear fuel in Plymouth, and with the signature collecting going on which would be presented to the Board of Selectman that upcoming Spring.
So this is my second year as intern, and there are many new (and old) issues and developments that I look forward to working on. I will once again be involved in the zoning case (now in Land Court) as well as public education efforts at the CCBW office. New projects will include a thermal pollution mapping project and staffing booths at a few outreach events this summer.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with CCBW, feel free to drop me an email this summer (email@example.com).