LINCOLN -- Marion Stoddart, legendary environmentalist from Groton, has received Massachusetts Audubon Society's Allen Morgan Award, which is named after the organization's former president who dedicated his life to conservation.

Stoddart received the award on Oct. 24 at Mass Audubon's annual meeting. Stoddart, 85, is known for successfully spearheading Nashua River cleanup efforts. She pushed for Massachusetts Clean Water Act as well as federal Water Pollution Control Act, and lobbied for other state legislation and federal funding. She also co-founded the Nashua River Watershed Association in 1969. She has since then continued to work toward preservation of Nashua River shorelines and hopes to see the entire riverbank protected, including such tributaries as Nissitissit and Squannacook.

Morgan fought to protect the state's wetlands in the 1960s and 1970s, according to Mass Audubon. Therefore, it is fitting that the award named after Morgan went to Stoddart, the organization said.