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  • A Guided Kayaking Excursion

    NATUREby Kezia Bacon, Correspondent Throughout my childhood, my parents organized canoe trips on local rivers. They would invite their friends, who would bring their children, and we’d take the entire day to explore someplace new. What began close to home – the North River, the South River – spread to points all over eastern Massachusetts.…

  • The North and South Rivers – just the tip of the iceberg!

    Did you know that our watershed ecologist, Dr. Sara Grady, also works outside of our watershed? Sara is also the South Shore Regional Coordinator of the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays), which means she works on coastal issues from Cohasset to Plymouth. Here are some of the projects that she has been working on…

  • Summer Interns Provide Invaluable Help to NSRWA

    Summer Interns Provide Invaluable Help to NSRWA

    Our summer interns have been providing invaluable assistance to the NSRWA team this summer, in everything from scientific research to database management. They have had a variety of environmental science experiences including teaching the tidepooling portion of our Estuary Explorers trips, Riverwatch water sampling and shellfish surveys. Here are some reflections by our interns Kate…

  • NSRWA Rain Barrel Raffle Winners Announced!

    The North and South Rivers Watershed Association held a raffle for two custom painted rain barrels at the Norwell and Hanover Libraries. Pat Pervane (shown above) was the winner of the rain barrel created by our Hanover High School intern Caroline MacDonald. Pat is a retired Boston Public School teacher working part time at the John Curtis…

  • New Boat Launch on the South River!

    NATUREby Kezia Bacon, Correspondent I’m so excited to share this news! Thanks to the combined efforts of the Town of Marshfield, Goodwill Hunters, and the North & South Rivers Watershed Association, there is a new launch site for canoes, kayaks, SUPs and other small boats on the South River. Until this spring, those who wanted…

  • Join Us for the Inaugural South River Canoe/Kayak Launch Paddle!

    Tuesday, July 18,  6:00–8:00pm Join us for the inaugural paddle at the new South River canoe and kayak launch in Marshfield! This access point was recently created by the Town of Marshfield in partnership with the NSRWA and Good Will Hunters – all members of the Friends of the South River Park and Greenway –…

  • South Shore Restoration Projects Increase Fish Habitat!

    South Shore watershed associations, towns and their state and federal partners have been leaders in Massachusetts in improving stream connectivity through dam removals and cranberry bog restoration projects resulting in… • 21 dam removals and 2 bog restoration projects since 2002• Opening 12 miles of streams and rivers• Providing an additional 15 miles of partial…

  • Marshfield’s Bridle and Rail Trails

    by Kezia Bacon, Correspondent Marshfield is one of those towns where it isn’t always easy to get from Point A to Point B. The presence of four tidal rivers as well as a significant amount of conservation land can make crossing town an indirect endeavor. There is simply a lot of territory – salt marsh,…

  • Scituate Hosts Public Meeting On Reservoir Raising Project June 12

    While it may be hard to remember last summer’s drought with all the rain we have had recently, it is still very much in the forefront of those tasked with meeting the water needs of the Town of Scituate. On Monday June 12th at 7pm, in the new Public Safety Building, the Town will present…

  • High School Interns Tackle Water Conservation Issues

    High School Interns Tackle Water Conservation Issues

    This spring NSRWA hosted 4 high school interns for their community service projects; Makenna Palzkill, Nick Hoffman and Ryan Kilroy, from Norwell High School, and Caroline McDonald from Hanover High School. All of the students are seniors with an interest in environmental science. The interns came up with ideas to address water conservation issues in their…

  • Coffee and Crabs – Coming to a Living Room Near You!

    A hearty bunch of nature lovers gathered in Duxbury on Thursday for Coffee and Crabs. At a lovely reception at the home of Patricia Boynton, Dr. Sara Grady shared her love and knowledge of horseshoe crabs. (She studied them for her Ph.D. at the Boston University Marine Program.) Sara told everyone about the importance of…

  • The Mass Central Rail Trail

    NATURE –by Kezia Bacon, Correspondent Last month I discovered the Massachusetts Central Rail Trail. A friend of mine from college – Karen – lives in Northampton, MA. Just down the road from her house is a municipal bike path – a former railroad bed that has been converted to a paved trail, for use by…

  • Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Removal of Tack Factory Dam

    Nothing could stop the celebration of the removal of the Tack Factory Dam, especially not a little much needed rain! Project partners and friends of the rivers came together to mark this great milestone in the restoration of the Third Herring Brook. Samantha Woods, Executive Director of the North and South Rivers Watershed Association, spoke…

  • Wampanoag Extreme Challenge Paddle

    Make a gift to support the Wampanoag Extreme Challenge Paddle and receive an invitation to join us at the party for great dancing, food, and libations. Show your support and leave a message for the team! Support the Team Today! “We live in an area where the environment is always threatened. We have a lot…

  • Volunteer to Count Horseshoe Crabs in Duxbury Bay

    This April, May and June for the ninth year we will be conducting horseshoe crab spawning surveys in Duxbury Bay. To do this, a team of 2-3 people walks/wades along a ~800 meter stretch of the Duxbury Bay shoreline north of the Powder Point Bridge. The team uses poles and rope to define a 5m…

  • 4th Graders Plant Beachgrass To Protect Dunes From Coastal Erosion

    Scituate 4th graders from Cushing Elementary School helped the Town of Scituate, the North and South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA) and EPA’s MassBays program plant beachgrass at Peggotty Beach on Wednesday, April 12th. Sara Grady, NSRWA Ecologist/South Shore MassBays and Nancy Durfee, Scituate Coastal Resources Officer gave a brief lesson on why beachgrass is important…

  • Interested in Leading Any of Our Outdoor Programs?

    3-Part Trip Leader WorkshopMass Audubon’s South Shore Sanctuaries2000 Main Street, MarshfieldWednesday nights May 17, 24 & June 7, 7:00-8:30 PM(FREE with pre-registration and 3 night commitment.) Register here This workshop, hosted by Mass Audubon, is designed to offer the skills required to lead successful trips for trip leaders from organizations that host events that take…

  • South Shore Striper Tournament

    Join NSRWA for a fun weekend of fishing!Friday, June 9th –Sunday, June 11th, 2017 Online registration ends Friday, June 9 at 12:00 noon. You can still register at Belsan Bait & Tackle on Friday from 3:00-8:00pm or Saturday until 12:00 noon. Belsan Bait and Tackle is located at 50 New Driftway, Scituate, MA. Click here to register.…

  • Three Short Walks in Duxbury

    Nature (Human & Otherwise)by Kezia Bacon, Correspondent As winter turns to spring, the days are often bright but also blustery. The sunshine tempts us outdoors, but the wind makes us reconsider, or at least move faster. These are prime opportunities for short walks. The South Shore is home to a tremendous amount of open space…

  • Great news – another dam in Scituate bites the dust (soon)!

    Hunters Pond Dam Removal and Bound Brook Restoration Project NSRWA Ecologist/South Shore Regional Coordinator for the MassBays Program, Sara Grady, has been involved with this project in two roles – monitoring support and public outreach. She will continue to be involved through monitoring of the project during construction and post-restoration, and promoting the project in…