History of the Nashua River and the NRWA

Saturday, March 30, 2019, 1:00- 2:30 p.m., Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main Street in Fitchburg, MA

In the 1960s, the Nashua River was one of the most polluted rivers in the United States. The North Nashua River in Fitchburg ran different colors from day-to-day depending on the dyes being used by the papermills. There was no Clean Water Act, wastewater treatment plants did not exist along the river, and wastewater from industry and households was discharged directly to the river. This is where the story of the Nashua River Watershed Association begins. Hear about the early days of the endeavor to restore the Nashua River from our panel of guest speakers:

  • Marion Stoddart, NRWA founder who led the efforts to restore the Nashua River
  • Bill Flynn, who was the young Mayor of Fitchburg at that time
  • Ellen DiGeronimo, who was a Fitchburg City Councilor who supported Marion’s efforts

The audience will be encouraged to share their own memories and stories from this time, as well as ask questions of the panel. The auditorium at the library can be quite cool, so please dress warmly.

Moving forward in time, learn about what the NRWA is doing in the City of Fitchburg today—from monitoring water quality, to helping to protect greenway and promote trails, to providing environmental education programs in Fitchburg schools.

This conversation is a celebration of all the individuals, businesses, city officials, and organizations whose efforts transformed a dead river into the beautiful focal point in the heart of the City now. 

Pre-registration if encouraged for planning purposes. To pre-register, please call the NRWA at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Can Am Machinery logoThis program is free and open to the public, made possible with the support of our Event Sponsor, CanAm Machinery, Inc. of Fitchburg.

 

This presentation is part of the year-long series of free programs being presented in NRWA watershed communities as part of NRWA’s celebration of its 50th Anniversary (1969 to 2019). 

Thank you to our 50th Anniversary Sponsors for making this series possible!

Presenting Sponsor

Rollstone Bank & Trust logo
 Anniversary Sponsors

Can Am Machinery logo  Enterprise Bank logo 

When Do Bears Wake Up? Family Program

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 1:00- 2:00 p.m., Richards Memorial Library, 44 Richards Avenue in Paxton, MA

Did you know that almost 5,000 black bears live in Massachusetts? Young children and families are invited to learn about our local black bears. Listen to a story about bears, touch a complete bear skin and skull, and feel real bear claws. Children will make bear prints in clay, create a moveable bear head out of paper, and pretend to be bears and cubs waking up for spring. Outdoors we'll play an active bear game and look for bear food. We'll also learn how scientists in Massachusetts check bears while they're dormant. This program is appropriate for children ages 5 to 10 and their adults. Space is limited to 20 individuals; registration is required. To register, please contact the Paxton library, at (508) 754 -0793.

Fidelity Bank logoThis program is free and open to the public made possible with the support of our Event Sponsor, Fidelity Bank, with twelve full-service offices in: Leominster, Worcester, Fitchburg, Gardner, Shirley, Barre, Millbury, Paxton, Princeton, and Winchendon. 

This presentation is part of the year-long series of free programs being presented in NRWA watershed communities as part of NRWA’s celebration of its 50th Anniversary (1969 to 2019). 

Thank you to our 50th Anniversary Sponsors for making this series possible!

Presenting Sponsor

Rollstone Bank & Trust logo
 Anniversary Sponsors

Can Am Machinery logo  Enterprise Bank logo 

Orientation and Training for Water Monitoring Volunteers

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 6:30- 8:00 p.m., NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA

The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) will launch its 27th season of water monitoring this year! Monitoring will start on the morning of Saturday April 20th, and continue on each third Saturday of the month through October at approximately 35 sites on rivers and streams throughout the watershed. Water samples taken in the field are delivered to labs in Pepperell or Devens for testing by NRWA staff and lab volunteers.

The NRWA will hold an Orientation and Training session for those interested in learning more about water monitoring and volunteer opportunities. Interested volunteers may be asked to join an existing team, or, be a back-up when monitors are not available. Monitoring teams usually head out to sites around 7:00 a.m. and deliver samples to the labs between 8:00-9:00 a.m., so it helps if you are a “morning person”! We are especially in need of volunteers from Harvard, Lancaster, and Pepperell, although having back-ups to join teams from all of our watershed towns is always helpful.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for planning purposes, but walk-ins are welcome. To pre-register, or for more information, please contact NRWA’s Water Monitoring Coordinator, Kathryn Nelson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Funding for our water monitoring program has been provided by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation and the Fieldstone Foundation. The NRWA appreciates your participation, help, and enthusiasm.

Using the MRMapper Trail App

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7:00- 8:30 p.m., Harvard Public Library, 4 Pond Road in Harvard, MA

Did you know there is an app with information on trails in twenty-two communities in north central Massachusetts, including Harvard? Join us for “Using the MRMapper Trail App” where you’ll be introduced to a tool designed to put a wide variety of data about the Montachusett Region into an easy to use, readily available public format. Our presenter will be Jason Stanton, GISP who is the GIS/IT Director at the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). The Montachusett Region largely overlaps with the Nashua River watershed, with fifteen of the twenty-two communities falling within both geographic footprints.

Web mapping provides a fast, easy way to access and visualize geographical information. MRMapper allows users to access, view, search, edit, export and share data related to this region, or just your own community or area of interest. Users can print maps of formal trails, assessor’s data (in some towns), infrastructure (e.g.: roads and traffic counts), environmental information, census data, and so much more. The presentation will focus on the many uses and tools of MRMapper, with a special focus on the formal trails portion of the app. Trail users can access the Existing Formal Trail app to find parking and follow formal trails making use of your mobile devices GPS. For trail networks, you can decide where to go based on orthophoto, wetland, and contour data provided in the app. If you do not have a mobile device, or internet is not available, maps can be printed ahead of time for reference.

This program is free and open to the public made possible with the support of our Event Sponsor, Starr Vander Linden, Attorneys at Law, with offices in Fitchburg and Worcester.

 Starr Vander Linden Attorneys at Law logo

Pre-registration for this program is requested for planning purposes. To pre-register, please call the NRWA at (978) 448-0299 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

This presentation is part of the year-long series of free programs being presented in NRWA watershed communities as part of NRWA’s celebration of its 50th Anniversary (1969 to 2019). 

Thank you to our 50th Anniversary Sponsors for making this series possible!

Presenting Sponsor

Rollstone Bank & Trust logo
 Anniversary Sponsors

Can Am Machinery logo  Enterprise Bank logo 

    

Watershed Investigations: NRWA Summer PDP Course for Teachers

Looking for teachers, grades K thru 5, who want to explore water and land science through hands-on, outdoor science experiences led by Nashua River Watershed Association educators. This summer, earn professional development credit during NRWA’s “Watershed Investigations” two-day seminars:

July 9 & 10, 2019, 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. for teachers grades K-2

July 11 & 12, 2019, 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. for teachers grades 3-5

Teachers will utilize the Nashua River Watershed Investigations publication to practice lessons based on the 2016 MA Science and Technology Standards. Most workshop activities will take place outdoors, and will include topics such as how water shapes the land, river wildlife, storm drain engineering, and insect investigations. Canoeing and short hiking explorations will be included in each session. This is an opportunity to learn, collaborate, and network with educators from many communities, with a focus on science education.

These workshops will be held at the NRWA River Resource Center at 592 Main Street in Groton, and they are open to all communities. The fee is $100 for the two-day seminar, with 15 PDPs. Space is limited; registration is required. The registraion deadline is June 15, 2019. To register, or for more information, please contact Mary Marro, NRWA Environmental Education Associate, thru This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please include your choice of seminar session, and your teaching grade level.