NRWA Publications: Online and For Sale

The following publications are available through the NRWA. To obtain any of the hard copy publications or to purchase Publications which are for sale, visit the River Resource Center or use the Order Form for mail delivery.

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NRWA Annual Report
2013 Annual Report

NRWA Newsletters
The NRWA newsletter is mailed bi-monthly to members, free of charge.

2014 Newsletter Issue 1

2013 Newsletter Issue 2
2013 Newsletter Issue 1

2012 Newsletter Issue 2
2012 Newsletter Issue 1

2011 Newsletter Issue 4
2011 Newsletter Issue 3
2011 Newsletter Issue 2
2011 Newsletter Issue 1

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Other NRWA Publications

1995 to 2020 Vision for the Nashua River Watershed
The 2020 Plan establishes a Vision for the watershed in the next quarter century, with goals and strategies for achieving the Vision. Developed by NRWA with input from watershed communities and many local groups, agencies, and individuals.

Books for Sale

Nashua River Canoe & Kayak Guide
Fifth Edition

Currently Out of Stock
NRWA is in the process of updating and creating our 6th Edition. During this time, if you need maps of specific sections of the river that you wish to paddle, please contact us; and, please contact us if you wish to be added to our list to be notified when our 6th Edition becomes available.  For maps or to be added to the publication notification list, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call (978) 448-0299.

This pocket-sized Canoe and Kayak Guide provides maps and descriptions for river outings on 72 miles of the Nashua and its main tributaries, including access points and portages.

Price: $10 (Plus $1.50 shipping and handling if mailed)

You can normally purchase the Canoe and Kayak Guide at Nashoba Paddler in West Groton, but it is currently out of stock there as well.

National Geographic's
Written in Water: Messages of Hope for Earth's Most Precious Resource

In 1993, National Geographic chronicled the story of the clean-up of the Nashua River in its special Water edition. Water resources have become increasingly recognized as a top priority for local and international communities around the globe to assess and protect. With that in mind, National Geographic turned to the world's leading water scientists, authors, and activists to share their thoughts and stories of their work to ensure that there will be enough clean water for all in the future. The result was Written in Water: Messages of Hope for Earth's Most Precious Resource, a collection of essays from world leaders in the field of water supply protection and clean water innovations, including NRWA founder, Marion Stoddart. Other essayists, include Alexandra Cousteau, social environmental advocate and granddaughter of legendary marine scientist Jacques Cousteau; Peter Gleick, environmental visionary and winner of a 2003 MacArthur "genius grant"; Bill McKibben, bestselling author and winner of a Guggenheim fellowship; and Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and National Geographic’s first Freshwater Fellow.

Price: $26 (Plus $5.00 shipping and handling if mailed).
Note: $13 of your purchase goes to support the work of the NRWA!

A River Ran Wild
by Lynne Cherry

The true story of the history, the polluting and the clean-up of the Nashua River. Lynne Cherry is the author and/or illustrator of over thirty award-winning books for children. She is also a conservationist whose books are used to launch campaigns to save land, clean up rivers, save forests and help migratory birds.

Price: $17 (Plus $5.00 shipping and handling if mailed).
Note: $6 of your purchase goes to support the work of the NRWA!

The Nashua River Watershed Association River Resource Center - Photo by Kristopher Kvenvold

NRWA River Resource Center

The Nashua River Watershed Association is headquartered at our River Resource Center in Groton, Massachusetts (just one block from the mainstem Nashua River and Petapawag Boat Launch). Map and directions. The River Resource Center houses staff offices, large and small meeting spaces, a collection of wildlife mounts, and the Bill Farnsworth Conservation Clearinghouse. A short self-guided Nature Trail on the property is open to visitors. The trail is less than a half-mile on flat wooded terrain where visitors can view local flora and find signs of local birds and mammals.

Bill Farnsworth Conservation Clearinghouse

Named after one of the NRWA’s founders, the Bill Farnsworth Conservation Clearinghouse provides citizens, watershed planners, local governments, teachers, students, and others access to a wide variety of information about our watershed. The collection of information available includes watershed planning resources, such as by-laws, open space and master plans, historic archives on conservation, resources for educators, audio-visual materials, and materials on recreation in our watershed. The NRWA is in the process of electronically cataloguing the Clearinghouse collection. Those interested in using the Clearinghouse are encouraged to contact the NRWA to make an appointment to do so. Materials must be used on-site, and are not available for check-out.

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40 on Our 40th Awards: NRWA honors 40 individuals on 40th anniversary - Photo by Bob Lotz

NRWA Partners: Strength through Collaboration

The Nashua River Watershed Association’s position as a regional organization allows us to work across town and state boundaries, and to work with groups and individuals focused on land protection, water quality, or environmental education, all in the effort to improve and sustain a healthy quality of life in our communities. One of the Association’s greatest strengths is its ability to form partnerships, gathering together interested stakeholders, government officials, community leaders, educators, and funders, to accomplish both large and small scale projects.

For example, to complete land protection projects, the NRWA has partnered with the Trust for Public Land, The Trustees of Reservations, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service, along with local land trusts like the Groton Conservation Trust, North County Land Trust, and Beaver Brook Association. The Association has worked collaboratively with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the City of Fitchburg, and sportsmen’s groups like Trout Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited to protect water quality and quantity. When providing environmental education opportunities to youth and adults, NRWA works with public schools in Harvard, Groton, Fitchburg, Nashua, and in many other communities, along with private schools like Applewild School in Fitchburg, and participates in groups such as the Secretary’s Advisory Group on Environmental Education (a group advising the Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs).

On the occasion of our 40th anniversary, the NRWA took the opportunity to honor our partners through our 40 on Our 40th Awards, recognizing 40 individuals who are both worthy of recognition in their own right, and who also represent the scores of individuals and organizations that have worked with the NRWA through the years.

Also supporting the work of the NRWA are our business partners, along with individual members and donors. Your financial support makes our ongoing work possible.

It would be impossible to list the multitude of organizations and individuals who have partnered with and supported the work of the NRWA; we cannot accomplish our mission alone, and we look forward to a future of continued partnerships and collaboration.

Board and Staff


Executive Director
Elizabeth Ainsley Campbell

Elizabeth Ainsley CampbellElizabeth joined the NRWA as Executive Director in 1994. Under her leadership the Association has become more sophisticated in its watershed approach, has grown in its capacity to protect the natural resources of the watershed, and has launched an award-winning environmental education program for youth and adults. The Association is making significant strides in fulfilling the goals of its long-range “2020 Vision Plan.” Elizabeth has provided oversight on many large projects, including the “Protecting Today’s Water for Tomorrow” multi-year partnership project funded by the U.S. EPA for over $700,000 which garnered more than $400,000 in matching services from three dozen partners. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s degree from Radcliffe College in General Studies and a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan in Communications.

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Land Programs and Outreach Director
Al Futterman, MPH

Al FuttermanAl forwards the NRWA’s Greenway Program and Land Protection Program, working with landowners to permanently protect riverfront and other priority properties through conservation restrictions or easements and through acquisition by local land trusts, municipalities, or state and federal conservation agencies. Al participates in numerous collaborations, including the Fitchburg Greenway Committee and MassLIFT. The NRWA serves as Sponsor of the Nashua River Greenway Forest Legacy Program, and Mr. Futterman oversees that effort. Al also assists watershed towns with their Open Space plans and provides educational programs for adults at the River Resource Center. Al has been the NRWA’s Land Programs and Outreach Director since 1999. Al holds a Bachelor’s degree in Rural Sociology from Cornell University, a Master’s degree in Public Health from Boston University, and has done additional graduate study at the University of Massachusetts Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Program at Amherst.

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Smart Growth Circuit Rider
Mark Archambault, AICP

Mark ArchambaultMark joined the NRWA team to work on the smart growth component of the “Protecting Today’s Water for Tomorrow” project in the Squannacook-Nissitissit sub-basin. Mark assisted communities in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire with consideration of regulatory tools such as zoning and subdivision regulations that help to protect drinking water sources. Under the “Protecting Today’s Water for Tomorrow” project, he prepared 12 bylaws and ordinances for towns in both states, 6 of which were adopted by the Planning Board or vote of Town Meeting. He continues to assist communities with approaches to Low Impact Development and stormwater management, as well as facilitate interstate cooperation on watershed protection efforts. Mark has been the NRWA’s Smart Growth Circuit Rider since 2005. Mark holds both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Environmental Education Director
Mary H. Marro

Mary H. MarroMary coordinates and implements programs for 7,000+ students and adults annually. She has initiated curriculum-based environmental education school programs in Pepperell, Fitchburg, Ayer, Leominster, Ashburnham, and Shirley, MA and in Nashua, NH. Mary serves as Scientist-in-Residence in several schools. Mary has provided professional development and college credit for teachers in several communities, at Fitchburg State University, with the Museum Institute for Teaching Science, and at the NRWA’s River Resource Center. Mary develops service learning projects for schools that provide opportunities for teachers and students to be involved in watershed stewardship. She provides youth programming afterschool, during school vacations and in the summer, and also offers popular programs for the public. Mary has been the NRWA’s Environmental Education Director since 2001. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Education from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Biology from Antioch New England Graduate School.

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River Classroom Director
Stacey Billings Chilcoat

Stacey Billings ChilcoatStacey coordinates and implements the NRWA’s “on the water”, canoe-based education programs for youth and adults serving 2000+ participants annually. In this position, she serves as lead environmental educator and river guide on river trips for all ages. She also works with the Environmental Education Director to create and lead “off water” programs including in school and school yard science classes, family workshops, afterschool nature and science clubs, and outdoor adventure hiking programs for young teens. Stacey serves as an educational consultant to teachers, administrators, and schools developing inquiry-based science programs within the Nashua River watershed. She has been the NRWA’s River Classroom Director since 2001. Stacey holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. She is certified in CPR and Wilderness First Aid, and holds an American Canoe Association Level 3: River Canoeing Instructor Certification.

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Water Programs Director
Martha Snow Morgan

Martha Snow MorganMartha supervises the NRWA’s Water Monitoring Program, including authoring the NRWA’s EPA, MassDEP and NH DES-approved Quality Assurance Project Plan for the Water Monitoring Program. She manages other water quality-related projects, including Bacterial Source Investigations and nutrient investigations, and provides comments and advocacy on issues concerning water quantity and quality as they affect the Nashua River watershed, including NPDES permits, dam issues, water conservation, and land use issues as they affect water. Martha has been the NRWA’s Water Programs Director since 1999. Martha holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an Associate Degree in Animal Science, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, University of Massachusetts, and a Master’s degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Maine at Orono.

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Water Monitoring Coordinator
Kathryn Nelson

Kathryn NelsonKath coordinates seasonal water sample collection with the NRWA stream monitoring teams and supervises laboratory analysis for the NRWA’s Water Monitoring Program. She works closely with Water Programs Director in addressing a wide range of water issues. Kath also coordinates student interns and volunteers who assist with special projects, data analysis, and field work, including the NRWA’s bio-control project to reduce invasive purple loosestrife. Kath has been the NRWA’s Water Monitoring Coordinator since 2006. Additionally, Kath serves as Chair of the Lower Merrimack River Advisory Committee, and is a member of the NH Rivers Management Advisory Committee providing input on stream flow policy and regulation. Kath holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Regional Planning from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Communications Manager
Wynne Treanor-Kvenvold

Wynne Treanor-KvenvoldWynne publicizes NRWA events and programs through press releases, bi-monthly newsletters, monthly e-newsletters, the NRWA website, and various other avenues. She is a member of the staff Development Team, working on online appeals, assisting with event planning and logistics, and supporting individual and organizational membership acquisition and retention efforts. She also serves as staff IT support. Wynne has been the NRWA’s Communications Manager since 2000. Wynne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from Winona State University in Minnesota.

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Development Manager
Lauri Johnson

Lauri JohnsonLauri focuses on increasing awareness of and support for the Association from individuals and businesses in the community. She coordinates support from individuals via memberships, annual appeals, and major gifts as well as business and organization membership, sponsorship, and matching gifts. She also supports the Association’s marketing, planning, and outreach activities. Lauri has been the NRWA’s Development Manager since 2002. Lauri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Development Associate
Pam Gilfillan

Pam GilfillanPam plans and coordinates fundraising and public events for the Association including the NRWA Auction and Annual Meeting. As part of the staff Development Team, she assists with member relations and activities. She also coordinates public Adult Education presentations. Pam has been the NRWA’s Development Associate since 2004. Pam holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mass. College of Art. She also holds a Massachusetts Real Estate license and has completed courses in Biology, Conflict Resolution, Valuation of Land and Conservation Restrictions, and Land Trust and Stewardship.

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Judy Larter, Paul Matisse, and Lucy Wallace, current and past NRWA presidents - photo by Bob Lotz.

Judy Larter, Paul Matisse, and Lucy Wallace, current and past NRWA presidents

Lucy Wallace, Harvard, MA
Lucy served as Grants Administrator for National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, doing wetlands, resource protection and restoration, and land-related grants. She has served as a Member of the Harvard Board of Selectmen, and also served on the Harvard Conservation Commission, Harvard Planning Board, and chaired the Harvard Town Plan Committee. Lucy has been involved with Devens redevelopment planning since the base closure announcement in the early 1990’s. She is a Board member of the Harvard Conservation Trust.



Vice President
Judy Larter, Dunstable, MA
Judy is a botanical artist “by degree”. She is currently involved with family interests and the business of hydro-electric sites in New Hampshire. Judy is currently Chair of the Dunstable Planning Board. Judy has worked for several decades to conserve land in the area, including protection of family farmland in Dunstable. Judy is the Director of the Dunstable Rural Land Trust, Vice President of the Board of Directors for Lake George Land Conservancy, and works with the Lowell Humane Society.



Robert Pine, Groton, MA
Bob is a principal and founder of Pine and Swallow Environmental where he is Director of Environmental Planning and Engineering. A Professional Engineer and a Landscape Architect, he has been involved with major landscape development projects throughout the United States and worldwide. He has served as Trustee for the Groton Conservation Trust for over 30 years, as a Director of the Groton Land Foundation, and on numerous Groton town boards and committees. He also served as Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Squannassit and Petapawag Areas of Critical Environmental Concern. 



Edward McNierney, Groton, MA
Ed is the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering of the One Laptop per Child Foundation in Cambridge, MA. He is the Vice President of the Groton Conservation Trust. He has served as a Trustee of the Groton Public Library, chairman of that library’s Building Committee, a founding member of the Groton Trails Committee, and as chairman of the Groton Finance Committee. He is a member of the Massachusetts Audubon Council and a Corporate Trustee of The Trustees of Reservations.




Robert Antonioni, Esq., Leominster, MA
Bob is a practicing attorney with Antonioni and Antonioni Law Offices of Leominster. He is former Massachusetts State Representative and State Senator representing north Worcester County from 1998 thru 2008. Bob is a fly fisherman with an interest in conservation and watershed protection. He initiated state and local protection for the Notown Reservoir, and the preservation of Sholan Farms in Leominster and the Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton. Bob is active with a variety of organizations, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, National Alliance for Mental Illness, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, Our Father’s House and the Leominster Education Foundation. He enjoys bike riding, swimming, fly fishing, playing hockey, and learning the banjo.


Ralph Baker, Fitchburg, MA
Ralph is the Chairman and Chief Scientist of TerraTherm, Inc., an environmental remediation contractor based in Fitchburg.  A co-founder of the firm, Ralph holds a Ph.D. in Soil Physics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has been an environmental scientist for 40 years, and is an expert in hazardous waste cleanup technology.  He is the author of over sixty-five technical papers and four books.  Ralph was formerly Chair of the Groton Board of Health, and has been a long-time member of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Ralph previously served on the NRWA Board from 2006-2012. 


Fredericka Baytos, Stoughton, MA
Freddie has been with the Deluxe Corporation for over 15 years, most of that time in the position of Corporate Marketing Research Director for the Minneapolis headquartered company, which has a satellite location in Groton, MA. Freddie belongs to professional associations, such as the American Marketing Association. She also volunteers time to assist various community organizations, is an avid hiker, enjoys flower gardening and has a special interest in protecting and restoring natural places. Freddie previously served on the NRWA Board of Directors from 2001 to 2007.



Michael Beck, Bolton, MA
Michael has worked in the environmental planning and consulting field for more than 35 years, in management roles for much of that time.  Mike is currently a Senior VP in AECOM's environmental practice. He is a Life Member of The Nature Conservancy, and has been active in local planning and conservation efforts throughout his career.  He has served on local conservation and planning boards in Massachusetts; was a director of the Bolton Conservation Trust for 5 years; and helped to found the Three Valley Conservation Trust in SW Ohio.  He also served for 3 years as a director of The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden in Harvard, MA.  Mike's interests include hiking, canoeing, biking, and birding.



Mary Dacquino, Dunstable, MA
Mary is the owner of SeasonS at Calmore, an antique, home and garden shop, which is located at her residence in historic Dunstable Center. She and her husband, David, permanently protected 70 acres of a 91-acre parcel, they previously owned in Amherst, NH.  Mary has been proactive in organizing or participating in fundraising events for underprivileged and environmental groups in a variety of locations.  Mary previously served on the NRWA Board of Directors from 2006-2012.



Peter Farmer, Lancaster, MA
Pete has been a member of the Lancaster Conservation Commission for 15 years. Originally from upstate New York, his foundations are in agriculture.  He has an undergraduate degree in Farm Management with a minor in Fisheries from Cornell University and Masters Degrees in Environmental Studies (UMass Lowell) and Science Education (Fitchburg State College).  Pete has taught a variety of sciences and also worked in the environmental industry. He has been an Envirothon Coach in local high schools and a member of an NRWA "Stream Team".  Pete's current activities include the restoration of the Wekepeke Brook and the ongoing activities of the Conservation Commission.



Peter Lanza, Leominster, MA
Pete is an educator who often works with the Leominster Public Schools. He is the former President of the statewide COLAP Board and a former Leominster Conservation Commissioner. Pete serves on the Fall Brook School Council, and is a board member of Leominster Access Television and the Lake Samoset Association. He has been an active leader with the NRWA’s Monoosnoc Brook Greenway Project for over two decades.



Melissa Maranda, Fitchburg, MA
Melissa is a life-long resident of North Central Massachusetts and currently lives in Fitchburg. Melissa is the Senior Vice President and Senior Trust Officer of Rollstone Bank and Trust’s Wealth Management Division. The Bank has offices in Fitchburg, Leominster, Harvard, Townsend, and Worcester. Melissa holds a Law Degree from UNH School of Law, and has extensive non-profit, fund-raising, and sale management experience. In her former position as Director of Gift Planning for the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, Melissa was with the Foundation during its first decade and provided leadership in raising over $40 million in charitable assets. Melissa volunteers in the community and her interests include many outdoor activities.



Robert Porter, Still River, MA
Bob lives with his wife and two daughters in Still River, a village within Harvard MA, overlooking the Nashua River Valley.  In the summer of 2011, Bob paddled the Nashua River from the Home Depot in Leominster to its meeting with the Merrimack River in Nashua, NH, and then he paddled down to Newburyport.  He manages real estate projects as his profession. Bob was part of the community effort to establish a shared septic system for the village of Still River. He has also volunteered with his daughter's theater group and his church.



Thomas Ryden, Pepperell, MA
Tom is cofounder and Chief Operating Officer of Vgo Communications, a start-up company headquartered in Nashua, NH that provides robotic telepresence products to the healthcare, education and business markets.  Tom serves on the board of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, a non-profit technology trade association.  He also chairs the association’s robotics cluster.  Tom has an engineering degree from University of Vermont and an MBA from Bentley University.  In his free time, Tom enjoys kayaking on the river with his children.



Gerald Smith, Lancaster, MA
Gerry, along with his wife, has lived on Spectacle Pond for the past three years. They previously lived in Bolton for 24 years. Gerry recently retired; he previously worked in the environmental field as a Freshwater Biologist for some 40 years.  He was the founder and President of Aquatic Control Technology, Inc., a lake management and restoration firm based in Sutton, MA. He was also a Principal and Biologist with IEP Inc., an environmental consulting firm, formerly of Northborough.  Gerry served a three- year term as a Director of the North American Lake Management Society; is a Past-President of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society; and has been active with the MA Congress of Lakes & Ponds since its inception. He enjoys most outdoor activities and particularly fly-fishing. 


William G. Wilkinson, Townsend, MA
Bill was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Middlesex Savings Bank, Natick, MA. Now retired, he maintains his affiliation with the Bank, sitting on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Locally, Bill sits on the Board of the Townsend Public Library Endowment, the Townsend Historical Society, and the Indian Hill Music Council.  He has served on the Town of Townsend Zoning Board of Appeals and Finance Committee. Bill is a member of the Friends of Willard Brook, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, Trout Unlimited, and Ducks Unlimited. Bill is an avid fly fisherman with a strong interest in wetlands/watershed protection and conservation. In addition to fly fishing, Bill enjoys canoeing, hiking, hunting, birding and gardening.


Christopher Williamson, Fitchburg, MA
Chris is Head of Applewild School, a K-8 independent school serving students in north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. He served as Treasurer of the Board of the NJ Association of Independent Schools while heading a school in New Jersey and is currently a member of the Fitchburg Greenway Committee and the North County Land Trust. Chris enjoys hiking, sailing and kayaking and is very proud of the Applewild science department’s commitment to environmental education and sustainability.



Founding Director Emeritus
Marion Stoddart, Groton, MA
Marion Stoddart - Photo by Nancy OhringerMarion is the founder of the Nashua River Clean-up Committee and the NRWA. She has played a key role in the clean up of the Nashua River and the success of the organization. Marion is an active member of the Groton Greenway Committee. She is the former Chairman of the Groton Conservation Commission and the Groton Conservation Trust. Interests include adventure travel, hiking canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, bicycling and tennis.