Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Act Press Conference - photo by Carolyn Perkins

Congresswoman Tsongas Announces Passage of the Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Act

GROTON – On Monday, January 12, 2015, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will host an event to celebrate the passage and signing into law of the Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Act at the office of the Nashua River Watershed Association in Groton. Tsongas will be joined by local officials and local conservation organizations and advocates.

Congresswoman Tsongas authored and introduced the legislation and shepherded the bill through the legislative process, securing support from the Republican leadership to ensure its passage. The bill was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in December and signed into law by President Obama.

The Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Act will take steps toward protecting the Nashua River, authorizing the National Park Service (NPS) to advance the process for giving the Nashua River and two of its tributaries, the Squannacook and Nissitissit Rivers, a federal protection designation.

The legislation has been endorsed by eight towns through which the Nashua runs in Massachusetts: Lancaster, Harvard, Shirley, Ayer, Groton, Dunstable, Pepperell, and Townsend.

"The history and development of the towns and cities in the 3rd District of Massachusetts has been defined by the many rivers that course through these unique communities. The study initiated by this bill will allow the National Park Service, the Watershed Association, and local governments and stakeholders to work together in forming a plan to protect the Nashua River and ensure that it remains a central part of life and growth in our region," said Congresswoman Tsongas.

Tsongas is a member of the Natural Resources Committee and has worked to preserve and protect the rivers and waterways in the Third Congressional District. She hosts an annual River Day to highlight the importance of the Rivers in the communities she represents and to recognize the organizations, volunteers and different levels of government working together to sustain and preserve the integrity of these resources.



Tennessee Gas Pipeline Issue

The NRWA opposes the proposed route for the Tennessee Gas pipeline in northern MA.  If it is determined that a new natural gas pipeline is essential, the NRWA urges that alternative routes less damaging to the environment be utilized.  See position.


Hike Ashby's Blood Hill & Wijta Properties on Sunday, Nov. 23

TG-Pipeline v15.0 Interactive Map edited by Gerald Couper

Kinder Morgan / Tennessee Gas Pipeline (KM/TGP) Pre-Filing Application for the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Pipeline with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) 9/15/14--once on FERC eLibrary page, enter the Docket #PF14-22.

Kinder Morgan / Tennessee Gas Pipeline FERC Pre-filing can also be viewed on other sites such as:  No Fracked Gas NED Info

Potential Natural Resource Impacts of Proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline in the Nashua River Watershed (13 minute video by NRWA intern Elizabeth Wilkey)

Representative Sheila Harrington Memo of 6/30/14


Info on Laterals

In addition to the main proposed pipeline crossing from west to east across the watershed there are three additional proposed smaller and shorter pipeline "laterals" which are part of the entire Kinder Morgan
Northeast Energy Direct project. These laterals are the so-called "Fitchburg Lateral Extension" which runs in a
north-south trajectory off the main pipeline in Townsend into Lunenburg and the so-called "West Nashua Lateral" aka "Hollis" lateral which runs in a south-north trajectory off the main pipeline in Pepperell into Hollis NH. Kinder Morgan's map for their proposed Northeast Energy Direct project also shows a "North Worcester Lateral" which runs through the Boylston and Bolton area. View Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct
Project Location Map.

The NRWA is just as concerned about the potential negative impacts from the construction and existence of the laterals on our important natural resources –including but not limited to Areas of Critical Environmental
Concern, aquifers, Bio Map 2 Core Habitats, conservation lands and other open spaces, hydrology, public water supplies, vernal pools, and wetlands -- as we are about the potential detrimental impacts of the larger and longer main pipeline. In the near future we will create and post PDF maps showing the proposed routes of these two laterals overlaying the above- mentioned resource data layers. We will also continue to research the potential impacts of all aspects of the proposed pipeline, including these laterals, on our ecological resources using best scientific analytic methods, and we will post the results on our website as soon as new information is available.


Flyovers of Nashua River Watershed with Pipeline Route Overlay and Related Aerial Images

These flyover videos show the current proposed pipeline route overlaid over aerial imagery of the watershed.  The related aerial image files correspond to numbered markers (every 3/4 miles) that appear on the flyover videos.

High Level Flyover (3 minute video)

Mid Level Flyover (6 minute video)

Low Level Flyover (11 minute video)

Related Aerial Images
Aerial view marker 1 to 2 Aerial view marker 12 to 13 Aerial view marker 23 to 24
Aerial view marker 2 to 3 Aerial view marker 13 to 14 Aerial view marker 24 to 25
Aerial view marker 3 to 4 Aerial view marker 14 to 15 Aerial view marker 25 to 26
Aerial view marker 4 to 5 Aerial view marker 15 to 16 Aerial view marker 26 to 27
Aerial view marker 5 to 6 Aerial view marker 16 to 17 Aerial view marker 27 to 28
Aerial view marker 6 to 7 Aerial view marker 17 to 18 Aerial view marker 28 to 29
Aerial view marker 7 to 8 Aerial view marker 18 to 19 Aerial view marker 29 to 30
Aerial view marker 8 to 9 Aerial view marker 19 to 20 Aerial view marker 30 to 31
Aerial view marker 9 to 10 Aerial view marker 20 to 21 Aerial view marker 31 to 32
Aerial view marker 10 to 11 Aerial view marker 21 to 22 Aerial view marker 32 to 33
Aerial view marker 11 to 12 Aerial view marker 22 to 23  Aerial view marker 33 to 34


NRWA Natural Resource Maps and Video

Potential Natural Resource Impacts of Proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline in the Nashua River Watershed (13 minute video by NRWA intern Elizabeth Wilkey)


Aquifer Map

BioMap2 Map

Open Space Map

Prime Farmland Map

Wetlands and Hydrology Map

Zone II Map

In the coming weeks the NRWA will be positing additional information on this page pertaining to the proposed route, the potential environmental impacts in the Nashua River watershed, and the efforts to encourage alternative routes.


Links and Events Relevant to the Topic

The NRWA has not taken a position on all the points made in the materials on these links and events, and may not be in agreement with all the points, but is providing this information to be of service to interested constituents.

Stop the Pipeline Statewide Summit, Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Montachusett Vocational High School Auditorium, 1050 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, MA

Kinder Morgan Presentation to Meeting Hosted by EOEEA for Environmental Organizations on 6/25/14

Rolling March to the State House beginning July 6

New England Governors’ Commitment to Regional Cooperation on Energy Infrastructure Issues Statement

Presentation Kinder Morgan made to the Pepperell Board of Selectmen on 5/12/2014

Presentation Kinder Morgan made to the Ashby Board of Selectmen Meeting on 4/23/2014

Ashby Town Pipeline Information Meeting (without Kinder Morgan) on 3/29/2014

Nashoba Conservation Trust Website on Pipeline with Maps

MA Pipeline Awareness Network Website

No Fracked Gas in Mass Website