Monthly News Items for May 2016

  • Don’t give it to Uncle Sam!

    For our members now taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMD’s) from their IRA’s please be advised that Congress has extended the Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) law with no expiration date. This extension of the law allows traditional IRA owners age 70 ½ and older to avoid tax on transfers made directly from their IRA to an…

  • Three Audubon Sanctuaries on the South Shore

    One hundred years ago, the Massachusetts Audubon Society established its very first wildlife preserve, the Moose Hill Bird Sanctuary in Sharon. The organization got started in 1896, when its founders, Harriet Lawrence Hemenway and Minna B. Hall, began a well-publicized effort “to restrict the killing of birds and sale of their plumage.” Hemenway and Hall…

  • Come with us and dig your supper!

    The Division of Marine Fisheries has notified us that the water quality is safe for shellfishing and has re-opened the shellfishing areas in the North and South Rivers as of sunrise on Friday May 13, 2016. Enjoy this beautiful weather! Join us for one of our guided pontoon boat clamming trips on Saturday, May 28th. Tours…

  • Planet Subaru and NSRWA do “well” together

    The North and South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA) helped Planet Subaru in Hanover cut its water usage by 23%. NSRWA GreenScapes Program Manager Lori Wolfe said, “We chose Planet Subaru for our WaterSmart Business program because of their reputation for green practices which include powering their showroom by solar panels and mowing with goats.” WaterSmart…

  • New EPA Polluted Runoff Rules Imminent

    Before there were roads, parking lots, and other hard “impervious” surfaces that water can’t penetrate, rainwater and melting snow would mostly seep into the ground, recharging aquifers. During times of low precipitation, this ground water would slowly seep into rivers and streams, maintaining a base level of streamflow even in summer and providing a reliable…

  • Rain barrels and composters for sale

    This is the year to finally capture the free rain water from your roof to water your garden. It’s also the year to finally make free “black gold” – compost – from your kitchen scraps and yard waste, reducing your household trash by almost thirty percent. The Greenscapes program (greenscapes.org) at the North and South…

  • Update on Scituate’s Wastewater Treatment Spill into the Herring River

    We wanted to provide you an update on what we know about the discharge of 930,000 gallons of primarily treated sewage from the Scituate Wastewater Treatment Plant that resulted in last week’s closure of the North and South Rivers shellfish beds. The spill occurred due to a power surge and computer malfunction between 6:45 p.m.…

  • Shellfish Beds in North and South Rivers Closed Temporarily Due to Sewage 

    The Division of Marine Fisheries has issued a temporary closure of all shellfishing beds located in the North & South Rivers of Marshfield & Scituate. The Shellfish beds will re-open upon approval from the Division of Marine Fisheries. Monitor the Marshfield Harbormaster’s website for updates. From what we have been able to ascertain thus far, the…