Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does the NRWA rent canoes and kayaks?

A: No, but we’d be happy to refer you to local outfitters who do and to provide you with ideas of great places to paddle. Don’t forget to consider buying an NRWA Canoe and Kayak Guide for maps of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers and information on put ins, hazards, and what you might see during your paddle.

Q: Is the NRWA a governmental agency?

A: No, we are not a governmental, regulatory, or enforcement entity. The NRWA is an independent 501( c )(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the natural resources within our geographic region as defined by the watershed of the Nashua River. The NRWA works closely with federal, state and local government officials and agencies to forward our mission. As a non-profit, the NRWA depends on the support of members, donors, and grantmakers (including some government grants).

Q: What is a watershed?

A: Click here. The NRWA uses the term “watershed” to define both the geographic region in which we work as well as our approach to protecting resources, i.e. melding projects to further good land use choices in order to protect water quality and forming inter-municipal and inter-state coalitions to act on a regional landscape.

Q: Does the NRWA purchase land for conservation?

A: While it has been NRWA’s decision to date not to seek to hold land in fee or Conservation Restriction on land, it is not prohibited by our by-laws. In cases of last resort where no other eligible conservation entity will hold a Conservation Restriction, the NRWA may consider doing so. View NRWA General Policy on Conservation Restrictions. Although the NRWA does not itself hold land, the NRWA works in partnership with other entities to facilitate the protection of priority parcels.

Q: Are the rivers safe to swim in?

A: Although the NRWA would not generally recommend swimming in the Nashua River due to continuing issues with non-point source pollution, there are many places to swim in the watershed. Most towns and cities in the watershed maintain town beaches on their ponds. Some of these beaches are open to the general public and some are restricted to town residents. The Town Clerk will provide you with information on access to area ponds in any given town.

Q: Is it safe to eat fish (bass, panfish, catfish, etc.) caught in the Nashua River?

A: MA Fish Consumption Advisories
NH Fish Consumption Advisories