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."
At 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.
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), awards, and the keynote address. Ticket 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!
*Wayne Klockner's bio: 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
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.
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.
Visit our online auction today, where you can sign up to receive auction Email Updates. Be sure to start bidding on November 20th!