NRWA 2014 Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA

Keynote Speaker: Wayne Klockner of Nature Conservancy

Our supporters and the public are invited to join us at our 2014 Annual Meeting.  Wayne Klockner, Vice President and Massachusetts State Director of The Nature Conservancy will speak on "Investing in Nature: How Nature's Benefits Can Create New Conservationists." 

Devens Enterprise Commission logoAt the Annual Meeting, NRWA will present its 2014 NRWA Conservation and Education Awards.  This year's Land and Water Conservation Award will be presented to Thomas E. Sullivan, former chair of the Wachusett Mountain Advisory Committee.  Maura Lyons from Applewild School in Fitchburg will be honored with our Environmental Education Award. We will also be recognizing the generosity of NRWA Business Members, including Watershed Circle and River Club Awards.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors, Devens Enterprise Commission and United Water graphic only for webUnited Water.  Thanks also to our Sponsor Newport Materials and to Odic Incorporated for being a Friend of our 2014 Annual Meeting.

The meeting begins with social time, a chance to mingle with NRWA Directors, NRWA staff, other members and friends. The evening includes dessert, the business meeting (election of officers and directors--see slate below), awards, and the keynote address. newport logo for webTicket price is $20 per person. As always, the business meeting and speaking portions of the evening can be attended at no charge. Reservations are required; RSVP deadline is November 5th. Make reservations online now, or by calling NRWA at (978) 448-0299. We hope you can join us!


Nashua River Watershed Association
2014-2015 Proposed Slate of Officers and Directors


President: Lucy Wallace, Harvard, MA
Vice President: Judy Larter, Dunstable, MA
Secretary: Robert Pine, Groton, MA
Treasurer: Fredericka Baytos, Stoughton, MA

Directors Recommended for Election

William Stevenson, Harvard, MA
Todd Sumner, Groton, MA

Directors Recommended for Re-Election

Michael Beck, Cape Elizabeth, ME
Peter Lanza, Leominster, MA
Melissa Maranda, Fitchburg, MA
Ed McNierney, Groton, MA
Robert Porter, Harvard, MA
Thomas Ryden, Pepperell, MA

Continuing Directors

Robert Antonioni, Leominster, MA
Ralph Baker, Fitchburg, MA
Mary Dacquino, Dunstable, MA
Gerald Smith, Lancaster, MA
William Wilkinson, Townsend, MA
Christopher Williamson, Fitchburg, MA

Founding Director Emeritus - Marion Stoddart, Groton, MA


About Wayne Klockner: Wayne is responsible for supporting and improving the Conservancy's priority strategies and projects and helping launch new ones in Massachusetts. Wayne also leads the conservation plan for Massachusetts which includes land and water conservation and public policy initiatives related to biodiversity conservation. With over 30 years at The Nature Conservancy, he has worked in Maryland, Delaware, New York, the Conservancy's World Office, and Indonesia prior to moving to Massachusetts 13 years ago. Wayne, an avid birder and flyfisherman, spends much of his free time outdoors.  He received his B.S. Biology and Environmental Planning, Rutgers University.



Secrets of Snake Hill: NRWA Family Adventure Hike

Sunday, November 2, 2014, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Groton, MA

Looking for a fun family adventure close to home? Fall is a beautiful time to get outdoors here in our watershed. Join NRWA for our "Secrets of Snake Hill" family adventure hike. On this naturalist-led hike, we'll explore the trails on Snake Hill, home to an unusual collection of flora and fauna due to its unique soils and rocky terrain. Your guide will be Stacey Chilcoat, NRWA's River Classroom Director. Moderate pace with some uphill rocky trails; best suited for ages 11 and older. Hiking boots or shoes and water bottles recommended. The fee is: $9/person or $27/family for NRWA members; $12/person or $36/family for non-members. Pre-registration is required; exact meeting location and directions will be provided upon registration. To pre-register, please contact Stacey Chilcoat, NRWA River Classroom Director, at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


NRWA 2014 Holiday Online Auction:

Donate Now—Shop Later—Do Good

The Nashua River Watershed Association is busily organizing its 2014 Holiday Online Auction which begins November 20th and ends on December 5th. This is a fun way to do your holiday shopping! Find interesting gifts and feel good knowing proceeds support the NRWA's vital efforts to protect natural resources and provide environmental education programs in 32 watershed communities.

We're currently accepting donations. You can help NRWA make this auction a success—a great auction needs great items! Can you donate sports tickets, jewelry, electronics, professional services, or gift certificates? See our Wish List.

Do you own a business? This is a powerful opportunity to advertise to thousands of local residents and a broader online audience nation-wide. Your business logo and a hyperlink to your website appear on the auction website alongside your donated item. Our online auction runs during the peak of the holiday shopping season encompassing Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and #GivingTuesday.

The donation deadline is November 17th. Donate now and support the work of the NRWA in your community and beyond. If you'd like to donate or have questions, please contact Pam Gilfillan, NRWA Development Associate, at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Visit our online auction today, where you can sign up to receive auction Email Updates. Be sure to start bidding on November 20th!


Water Chestnuts in the Nashua River Lecture/Slideshow

Thursday, October 23, 2014 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA

Water chestnuts are an invasive aquatic plant first found in the Pepperell Pond impoundment area of the Nashua River in the late 1990s. These plants create an impenetrable mat of growth that makes the river inaccessible to boating and fishing. Their growth replaces ecologically critical native plant species. When the dense mats die off in the fall, they sink and decay, which depletes oxygen levels vital to fish, destroying native fish habitat with resulting negative impact on fish populations. The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) has been working for over a decade to contain this aggressive infestation. The NRWA invites the public to learn more
about "Water Chestnuts in the Nashua River" during this free presentation. Martha Morgan, NRWA Water Programs Director, and Kathryn Nelson, NRWA Water Monitoring Coordinator, will present an informative slideshow on the plant's life cycle, impact on wildlife, and efforts to eradicate it in the Nashua River. This is an opportunity to become better informed about this plant and share information on how to prevent its spread and reduce its impact at existing infestation areas, either in the river or in our local ponds.
This program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated for planning purposes. For more information or to pre-register please contact Martha Morgan, NRWA Water Programs Director, at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .