"Wild and Scenic" Nashua Rivers

Nashua River for web


Celebrate! Eleven of eleven communities voted “yes” to accept the locally developed River Stewardship Plan drafted by the Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Committee and its recommendation that the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers be designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Ayer, Bolton, Brookline (NH), Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Hollis, Lancaster, Pepperell, Shirley, and Townsend have all voted in support. 


Next step?  Congresswoman Tsongas, in consultation with the National Park Service will prepare legislation to be introduced to Congress.


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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 Learn more.

Purchase Guide.


Prescription Drug Disposal

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Watershed drop boxes or

statewide drop box list.

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August Enewsletter

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WC Treatment Poster

Invasive Water Chestnut Treatment

On July 25 to August 1, and August 13 to 17, pending weather, Solitude Lake Management, under contract with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (MassDCR), will begin treatment of the 100+ acres of invasive water chestnut plants in the Pepperell Pond area of the Nashua River. Clearcast (Imazamox) will be used as a foliar spray on the leaves of the plant. The treatment will be sprayed by hose from an airboat. Solitude Lake Management recommends swimmers stay out of the water on the day of the treatment, and boaters should stay away from the areas of water chestnut growth during the periods listed. For questions please call Solitude Lake Management: 508-885-0101.


 W S Nashua for NRWA web

Wild and Scenic: Annual Town Meeting Votes

It's unanimous!!  Eleven of eleven riverfront communities in MA and NH have voted "yes" at their spring Town Meetings to support the designation of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers as Wild and Scenic. This includes Ayer, Bolton, Brookline (NH), Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Hollis, Lancaster, Pepperell, Shirley, and Townsend.  View "Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit: Forever Wild & Scenic" video (4 min.).


View a one hour informational video. For more information about the Wild and Scenic project.


Vallee PPT


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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