Protecting Ashby's Waterways

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Ashby Free Public Library, 812 Main Street in Ashby, MA

Ashby is the home to important headwater streams that feed two of the Nashua River’s major tributaries. Trapfall, Locke, and Willard Brooks join other streams to form the Squannacook River in Townsend, and Falulah Brook flows south into the North Nashua River in Fitchburg. What is being done to protect these waterways and the Nashua River system as a whole?  Martha Morgan, NRWA Water Programs Director, will discuss the history of the cleanup of the Nashua River since the 1960’s, and the water quality issues facing Ashby‘s waterways today. Learn more about the Nashua River Wild & Scenic River Study (which includes segments of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers), NRWA’s monitoring program, native plants and animals that depend on clean waterways for habitat, invasive aquatic plants such as water chestnut and milfoil, and efforts to curtail the spread of invasive plants. And there will be details about how you can get involved as a volunteer. Appropriate for adults and young adults. This presentation is free and open to the public, supported by a grant from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. For more information, please contact Martha Morgan at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note, the NRWA will be making a similar presentation on “Protecting Shirley’s Waterways” on November 28, 2017 at the Hazen Memorial Library in Shirley, with a focus on Shirley’s rivers and streams.

Guided Walk at Lane Conservation Area in Lunenburg

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Lane Conservation Area in Lunenburg, MA

Join Al Futterman, Land Programs Director for the Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA), for a guided walk at the beautiful Lane Conservation Area in Lunenburg, MA on Wednesday, October 25th.

The Lane Conservation Area is a 168-acre property purchased by the Town of Lunenburg in Spring 2014. The land includes excellent wildlife habitat, including 1.25 miles of the Mulpus Brook (a cold-water fishery, high-quality tributary to the Nashua River) which borders the property. The property also provides public access to 458 acres of conservation land in the Town’s “Large Forest” abutting this parcel. The Lane Conservation Area is considered the town’s premier open space area and is managed by the Lunenburg Conservation Commission. The NRWA provided active support for the protection of this property as part of its goal to protect riverside greenway throughout the watershed.

Walkers should meet at the parking area near 298 Holman Street; the street dead ends and parking area is to the south of where the bridge previously stood. View a Google map for directions. For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed on this walk.

This walk is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required, but is requested for planning purposes. To pre-register, or for more information, please contact Al Futterman at (978) 448-0299 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    

2017 NRWA Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 2, 2017, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA

Keynote: David Vallee, Hydrologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service’s Northeast River Forecast Center on "Climate Trends in New England and Their Impact on River Flood Behavior"

The Nashua River Watershed Association invites the public to join us at our 2017 Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Devens Common Center in Devens, MA. Our keynote speaker will be David Vallee, the Hydrologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service’s Northeast River Forecast Center, which provides detailed water resource and life-saving flood forecasting services to National Weather Service Forecast Offices, and the hundreds of federal, state and local water resource entities throughout the Northeast and New York. David has worked for the National Weather Service for 28 years, and has extensive experience leading hydro-meteorological forecast and warning operations and directing weather research and training programs. David served as the NWS lead investigator with the SUNY Albany, on a multi-year project on Land Falling Tropical Cyclones in the Northeastern U.S. which improved the forecasting of heavy precipitation associated with these cyclones. His outreach and education work on the behavior of New England Hurricanes has included many appearances on local radio and T.V. networks as well as the Weather Channel, the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. David has been the recipient of numerous regional and national awards including the prestigious National Isaac Cline Award for Leadership.

NRWA will present its 2017 NRWA Conservation and Education Awards that evening. This year's Environmental Education Award will be presented to Chris Picone, Ph.D., biology and chemistry professor at Fitchburg State University, for his vision of a sustainable future and his creativity in using experiential education to introduce his students at Fitchburg State University to the open spaces and waterways in the Nashua River watershed. The Brookline Conservation Commission, the Nissitissit River Land Trust, and the Piscataquog Land Conservancy will be honored with our Land and Water Conservation Award for the successful “Nissitissit River Project” to conserve keystone properties with 78 priority acres of forest, agricultural fields, and wetlands that added to the permanently protected greenway in the Nashua River watershed. And the Association’s business supporters will be recognized for their valuable role in our ongoing work.

A special thank you to our Presenting Sponsors Devens Enterprise Commission and SUEZ.

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--view 2017-18 Slate), awards, and the keynote address. Ticket price for dessert and coffee 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 October 25th. Make reservations online today or by calling NRWA at (978) 448-0299. We hope you can join us!

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Input Sought from River Sports Enthusiasts for
Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA

Do you enjoy recreating on or near our local rivers? The Nashua River Wild & Scenic River Study Committee is looking for input from river sports enthusiasts & recreational users including anglers, canoeists, hikers, hunters, kayakers, etc....you know who you are! Come share your thoughts at the “Wild and Scenic River Study Public Input Meeting” on Tuesday, October 24th at the NRWA’s River Resource Center in Groton, MA. Refreshments will be served.

The Study Committee is working to determine if segments of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers are qualified for federal designation as Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers. One of the several "Outstandingly Remarkable Resource Values" that make our three rivers eligible for this status is the scenic nature of our rivers and our recreational opportunities, and no one knows these values better than you do. If you share your knowledge and insights with us at this meeting our draft Management Plan will be enhanced. Come tell us what you know that is unique and special about our rivers, and what can be improved. For more information see: www.WildandScenicNashuaRivers.org.

If you cannot attend this Public Meeting, please contact us at any time to offer your comments. Pre-registration requested, but not required. To register, or to offer comments, please contact Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs Director, at (978) 448-0299 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Nature Journaling Workshop with Clare Walker Leslie

Sunday, October 29, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Williams Barn Conservation Land, 160 Chicopee Row, Groton, MA

Join naturalist, educator, artist, and renowned author Clare Walker Leslie for a hands-on opportunity to set up your own Seasonal Nature Journal, with both writing and simple drawing techniques. The Nashua River Watershed Association is offering adults, and children ages 12 and up, the opportunity to attend a free Nature Journaling Workshop with Clare. In the tradition of Explorers and Scientists, the importance of documenting what was seen and when was vital for regularly recording both what was nearby as well as far away. Today nature journals can be kept for many purposes and reasons including documentation of the life around us, and our own artistic expression of what we see and experience in nature. Clare will help you set up your own journal based on a phenology format of date, place, time, and weather whether it be for your backyard, when on a hike, or for documenting your local Nashua River. The workshop will involve both indoor and outdoor activities. Attendees should bring a sketching journal or paper with pencil or pens and any field guides you might find useful to your area. Dress for outdoors, Williams Barn is not a heated space. Clare will also have copies of her books to purchase. Learn more about Clare. This free family workshop is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds’ Lecture Fund. Limited to 40 registrants; pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call Stacey Chilcoat, NRWA Environmental Education and River Classroom Director at (978) 448-0299 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..