NRWA 2016 Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA

Keynote Speaker: Christopher A. Williams, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Geography, Clark University

Our supporters and the public are invited to join us at our 2016 Annual Meeting.  Christopher A. Williams, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Geography, Clark University, will speak on "Forests and Climate: Vulnerable Protectors of the Planetary Life Support System."  

At the Annual Meeting, NRWA will present its 2016 NRWA Conservation and Education Awards.  This year's Land and Water Conservation Award will be presented to Edward McNierney, a Groton resident.  Janet MacFarland, a teacher at Lura A. White Elementary School in Shirley, MA, 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.

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. Ticket price is $20 per person; reservations required. As always, the business meeting and speaking portions of the evening can be attended at no charge; please RSVP for planning purposes. Reservations can be made online thru our secure server, or by calling the NRWA at (978) 448-0299. We hope you can join us!

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors, Bristol-Myers SquibbDevens Enterprise Commission and Suez.

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Nashua River Watershed Association
2016-2017 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

NRWA Executive Committee:  Officers and At-Large Director Ralph Baker

Directors Recommended for Election

Arthur Feehan, Lunenburg, MA
Daniel Nigrosh, Boston, MA

Directors Recommended for Re-Election

Melissa Maranda, Fitchburg, MA
Thomas Ryden, Pepperell, MA
William Stevenson, Harvard, MA
Todd Sumner, Groton, MA

Continuing Directors

Robert Antonioni, Leominster, MA
Ralph Baker, Fitchburg, MA
Michael J. Fleming, Leominster, MA
Warren Kimball, Boylston, MA
Gerald Smith, Lancaster, MA
Charles Vander Linden, Groton, MA
William Wilkinson, Townsend, MA

Founding Director Emeritus - Marion Stoddart, Groton, MA


About Christopher A. Williams, Ph.D.Professor Williams, trained as a land surface hydrologist and terrestrial ecosystem ecologist, investigates how earth's biosphere responds to natural and human disruptions such as severe drought events, bark beetle outbreaks, fires, harvesting, and land cover changes. His approach combines field, lab, and remote sensing data with process-based modeling. He has been interviewed on NPR, has provided articles to the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and CNBC, and is a frequent conference speaker and author of articles for professional journals. Chris earned a B.A. in Biology/Environmental Studies at Bucknell University, an M.S. in Watershed Science at Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science at Duke University. He joined the faculty in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University in Fall 2008.  His research receives funding from NASA and the National Science Foundation.




Fall Bird Walk in Pepperell

New Date:  Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. 

Many of the bird species we see in spring migration are also passing through in the fall.  The NRWA invites the public to join us for this free “Fall Bird Walk in Pepperell” led by Mark Archambault, NRWA’s Smart Growth Circuit Rider and avid birder. Fall birding can be a bit more challenging, as bird plumage is usually more subdued, and they tend not to sing as much. We will explore several great birding locations in Pepperell.  

We will meet at the NRWA’s River Resource Center at 592 Main Street (Rt. 119), in Groton, at 8:00 a.m., and car pool from there. Dress appropriately for a field walk; some terrain may be hilly but not steep.  Please bring binoculars, a field guide, and drinks and snacks for a few hours.  Children over 10 are welcome accompanied by an adult. For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed. 

This program is free and open to the public. The event will be capped at 20 participants; pre-registration is required.  To pre-register or for more information, please contact Mark Archambault, NRWA Smart Growth Circuit Rider, at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.