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Middleton Stream Team is now 501c3 Certified!

7261913_origAfter sixteen years as an all-volunteer service organization dedicated to protecting Middleton’s river and streams, we are happy to announce that Middleton Stream Team has received official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS. This is a huge step forward for the organization!  

We would like to send a huge thanks to Ed Roman for providing the legal counsel that greatly helped us achieve our objective.

We would also like to thank all our generous donors that continue to support the Stream Team’s mission and help us “make it happen.” A special thanks to our faithful sponsor, the Middleton Board of Trade!

From all of us here at Middleton Stream Team, thank you!

As a result, all donations are considered for the general support of the organization and are tax-deductible. To make a contribution, click on Donate.  To become an Member, just click on Join.

Pike Messenger Receives Environmental Award


The Middleton Stream Team is proud to announce that Pike Messenger, a founding member and author of our WATER CLOSET blog, has received the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commission’s (MACC) Environmental Service Award for Outstanding Conservation Leadership and Education. This was presented at MACC’s Annual Environmental Conference last Saturday at the Holy Cross College in Worcester.

MACC annually recognizes special people  who have worked long and hard to protect our state’s natural environment with this prestigious award.

Pike Messenger is a rare person who has worked diligently over his entire lifetime to promote the conservation of fragile ecosystems particularly around our brooks, ponds, rivers, wetlands and adjacent uplands, and does so with both passion and gentlemanly good manners.

Congratulations Pike!




A secluded section of Middleton was cleaned up Sunday as part of a successful Middleton Stream Team – Cub Scout environmental service project.  Nine tires, two mattresses, household Trash, TV’s, furniture, tires, car parts, and construction debris were all picked up by volunteer’s. It was a productive day using pails, bags and man power to clean up what shamefully others left behind! The group split up into 3 teams cleaning up trash on the side of the road and a few near by trails totaling approx. 30 bags of trash and large items. Trash was sorted into recycling barrels and pick up trucks and properly discarded at the town transfer station. For the kids it was a lesson in environmental awareness team work and to never litter. For the adults, it was a sad reminder that some people just don’t have a sense of pride in our community carelessly discarding refuse thinking it will biodegrade or someone else will pick it up or maybe they just don’t care. If they only new plastic bags take 20+ years to break down, cigarette butts 1-5 years, aluminum cans 50-100 years, plastic bottles never!! The volunteer’s yesterday both kids and adults did there part, lets all spread the word and do our part. KEEP OUR COMMUNITY CLEAN!
By Elaine Gauthier

MST Becomes a Non Profit Organization!

On June 17, 2013, the Middleton Stream Team, longtime a Middleton volunteer conservation group, obtained their Non-Profit status.

Middleton Stream Team basic mission is Environmental Stewardship of Ipswich River Watershed ponds, brooks, wetlands and adjacent uplands; expressed through works of conservation, public service, education and advocacy.  Our activities are geographically centered in Middleton MA but not bounded by its borders