NRWA Archival Photo Gallery
The NRWA has a long and rich history, a story memorably told through images. We invite you to view our archival gallery depicting our river in its most polluted days, as well as the people and projects that led to its restoration and ongoing protection efforts.
A mat of paper sludge from local mills floating on the Nashua River in the 1960s. NRWA Archives
Yellow dye pollutes the Nashua River in the 1960s - NRWA Archives
Trash and paper sludge lined the Nashua River in the 1960s. NRWA Archives
In the 1960s, the Nashua River's pollution could be smelled long before reaching the river's banks. NRWA Archives
Drums of liquids dumped at the river edge.
Paper mill refuse, Nashua River flood plain, Leominster, MA. Photo by Jack Swedberg
Downstream from a factory.
Marion Stoddart led the movement to restore the highly polluted Nashua River. NRWA Archives
Stained rocks in low water river, 1978.
Andre Reggio, an incorporator of the NRWA. Andre was involved in the Nashua River Clean-up Committee and created the "Sewer-cide" slideshow to engage watershed communities in the clean-up project. NRWA Archives
Thick sludge from industry waste.
Activists from the Nashua River Clean-up Committee, which incorporated at the Nashua River Watershed Association in 1969, reached out to every watershed community to build support for the clean-up project. NRWA Archives
Hazardous waste dump off Gilson Rd., Nashua, NH. 1980.
Downstream from a paper mill.
First Annual Meeting of the Nashua River Watershed Association, October 1969. (left to right) Marion Stoddart, Robert Brown, Wayne Kimmerlin, and Mary Haueisen (Longsworth Mathis). NRWA Archives
Lieutenant General John H. Cushman, commander of Fort Devens, seen here with Marion Stoddart, provided Army support for the clean-up efforts. NRWA Archives
NRWA celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1994. From left to right, Joyce Huff, Lee "Bill" Farnsworth, Marion Stoddart, Frank Hanchett, Andre Reggio, and Mary Longsworth Mathis. NRWA Archives
NRWA sponsored canoe races celebrated the restoration of the Nashua River. NRWA Archives
Massachusetts Governor William Weld speaks at the 1993 ribbon cutting ceremony for the NRWA's River Resource Center in Groton. NRWA Archives
At the NRWA 2003 Annual Meeting, Paul Matisse, NRWA Board President, honors Marion Stoddart, one of NRWA's founders, in celebration of Marion's 75th birthday. NRWA Archives
Harbor Pond, behind #74 Main St. Townsend, MA; October 1968. Photo by Mrs. R. Wilson.
NRWA Staff, 1979. Ralph Perkins, Lois Murray, Dave Wier, Steve Pandescio, Paul Chase, Daidein Morlanen (l-r)
Oxbow refuge expansion agreement, October 15th, 1994; Sen. Kennedy, Elizabeth Ainsley Campbell
Fitchburg Spanish Council Project, Fitchburg, MA. March 1995.
Phillips Brook, 1/2 mi. North of McTaggarts Pond, May 28th, 1987. Photo by Betsy Charron.
Willard Brook in Ashby, late June, 1987. Photo by William Davis of Ashby.
Listowich Farm dedication. Mr. & Mrs. Listowich, MDC Commisioner, Jamie Hoyte (EOEA Secty.), Rep. Cohen (r-l), Sterling MA, 1988.
Fruitland's Earth Day, 1990
Nashua River, Groton, behind Groton School. 1982. Photo by Ruth E. DeVarnery.
View of Nashua River from covered bridge, Pepperell, MA, 1979. Photo by Steven M. Dinsmore.
Ayer Ice House waterfall high flooding waters; June 9, 1982. Photo by Sheila Horgan.
Oxbow refuge expansion agreement, October 15th, 1994; Marion Stoddard, Sen. Kennedy, and Elizabeth Ainsley Campbell (l-r).
Conant House 1740. Photo by John Gaizick, 1982.