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 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.