Jim was instrumental in convincing the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to reinstate funding to the North River Commission for its FY ’12 budget. The Commission depends on the funds to uphold a longstanding state protective order to preserve the river’s scenic quality. The funding, an annual provision of $30,000, goes toward a part time staff member and the operational cost of a boat during the summer months. It’s this money that helps keep the river, which winds its way through six South Shore towns, in pristine shape. The funds were reinstated after Jim organized an October 2011 boat tour with DCR Commissioner Edward Lambert, and others, in which the significance of the protective order, and the river which it benefits, was demonstrated.