"Wild and Scenic" Nashua Rivers

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Great news! The Towns of Brookline and Hollis voted “yes” to accept the locally developed River Stewardship Plan drafted by the Nashua River Wild and Scenic Study Committee and its recommendation that the portion of the Nissitissit River flowing through Brookline be designated a Wild and Scenic River.


Brookline and Hollis were the first of 11 riverfront communities in NH and MA that will be voting this spring on the question of designating portions of the Nashua, all of the Squannacook, and all of the Nissitissit Rivers as national Wild and Scenic Rivers. This is a great start!


What is the "Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study"?  What is special about the Nashua, Nissitissit, and Squannacook Rivers that may make segments of them eligible for federal designation as Wild and Scenic? For more information.  View River Stewardship Plan.


 Geographic Info


What is a Watershed?

what is a watershed

River Report Card

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Nashua River Canoe & Kayak Guide

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Purchase Guide.


Prescription Drug Disposal

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Watershed drop boxes or

statewide drop box list.

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Wild and Scenic Public Information Meetings

Nine riverfront communities in MA will be voting at their spring Town Meetings on the possible designation of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers as Wild and Scenic. This includes Ayer, Bolton, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Pepperell, Shirley, and Townsend.  View "Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit: Forever Wild & Scenic" video (4 min.).


Learn more about the upcoming vote and the Wild and Scenic project at Public Information Meetings that will be held in each one of the nine communities.


Dunstable: Monday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Dunstable Town Hall

Lancaster: Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lancaster Town Hall

Townsend:  Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Townsend Public Library

Ayer:  Thursday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ayer Town Hall


Residents of these communities are encouraged to attend any one of these meetings to learn more. For more information about the Wild and Scenic project.


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Climate Trends and Impact on Our Rivers

David Vallee, the Hydrologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service’s Northeast River Forecast Center spoke on the topic of "Climate Trends in New England and Their Impact on Our Rivers" at the 2017 Annual Meeting.  View a PDF of David's presentation.


Water Chestnut Pull Volunteers

Thank You to Our Volunteers

View new video "NRWA Water Chestnut Pull: Volunteers in Action." (3:14 min)  Thank you to Max McCormick and NorthPoint Productions for making this video.


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