Fran Pijar, 2017 Volunteer of the Year

2017 Volunteer of the Year

Fran Pijar of Mystic, Conn.

Retired aerospace engineer and recording secretary for Clean Up Sound and Harbors, Inc.

Fran Pijar, pictured here, was awarded the 2017 Volunteer of the Year award for his water quality work along Little Narragansett Bay and the Pawcatuck River.
Fran Pijar was awarded Save The Bay’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year award for his dedicated work assisting Coastkeeper Dave Prescott’s water quality efforts.

Fran Pijar has been a dedicated water quality volunteer in Westerly since 2012, and a significant asset to Save The Bay’s water quality advocacy and outreach in Little Narragansett Bay and along the South Coast. Every two weeks from May through October, he accompanies South County Coastkeeper Dave Prescott out onto the lower Pawcatuck River and Little Narragansett Bay to help with testing of these local waters. He organizes, enters, and quality-checks all data collected and has helped with species collection and scallop restoration.

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.