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  • NSRWA Annual Meeting Celebrates People Making a Difference

    On Friday, November 2nd, the 2018 NSRWA Annual Meeting drew a full house at the South Shore Natural Science Center. After a cocktail and appetizer reception, President Sally Caverly conducted a brief business meeting. Caverly, who stepped down after a 2-year term as president, received a beautiful framed print of the North River by Mike…

  • Honoring the People Behind the Plastic Bag Bans

    To date there have been 5 single-use plastic bag bans enacted on the South Shore, with another ban coming up for vote in Scituate on November 14. NSRWA honored those people who spearheaded the ban in their town at the annual meeting. Residents from Pembroke, Cohasset, Plymouth, Duxbury, Marshfield, and Scituate, were in attendance and…

  • 120 Years Ago: The Portland Gale

    NATUREby Kezia Bacon, Correspondent Friday morning, November 25th, 1898: sunny and clear. Thanksgiving now over for another year, the citizens of Marshfield and Scituate begin their days. Not too cold, not too windy, it is the kind of weather in which people are glad to be outside, soaking up a last few warming rays of sun…

  • Meet Our New Environmental Educator Brian Taylor

    We would like to welcome our new Environmental Educator, Brian Taylor! Brian is originally from Kalamazoo Michigan. He went to college at Western Michigan University and graduated with a B.S. in Education as well as a achieving a state teaching certificate. After teaching in a public school for a year, he decided to take his…

  • Plastic Bag Ban Passes in Pembroke

    Inspired by the Marshfield plastic bag ban, citizens in Pembroke brought their own propsal to town meeting and it passed by a narrow margin Tuesday night, October 23. Scituate residents have also taken up the cause. Please attend Scituate’s Fall Special Town Meeting on November 14, and support the ban to help protect our local waters! And don’t forget…

  • Harvest Moon Feast Raises More Than $20,000 for Environmental Education

    Harvest Moon Feast Pairs Great Food and Drink with Good Friends Despite the weather, the 2018 NSRWA Harvest Moon Feast boasted quite a turnout. More than 170 guests got to sample the finest food and spirits on the South Shore. It was truly a special evening with lots of new faces. The event brought in approximately…

  • National Natural Landmark Rededication Honors Rivers

    Did you know the rivers are a Nationally recognized Natural Landmark? You may be familiar with Historic Landmarks but the nation also recognizes natural resources that are unique to the nation and the North and South Rivers are one of them! In 1977, the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior, at the…

  • Listen to Sara’s new podcast, “The Estuarine Gradient”

    NSRWA Watershed Ecologist and MassBays South Shore Coordinator , Sara Grady, has started a monthly podcast through Marshfield Community Television that will cover multiple topics related to the estuaries of the South Shore and beyond. In the second Halloween-themed podcast “Sea Monsters” Sara and special guest Niels-Viggo Hobbs discuss mythological creatures, marine animals that are…

  • Get on the River with our Timing the Tides Guide

    In case you didn’t make it to one of our Timing the Tides© presentations earlier this year, you can now get a free digital download of that presentation. It will show you how to time the tides, as well where to put in your boat, and other infomation on planning your trip. Click here for…

  • River Herring Migrating Back to the Ocean

    What comes up must go down or what goes in must go out is an idiom that holds true for physics, biology and for migrating fish! Remember last spring when we were begging people to help us count river herring as they migrate inland to spawn from the ocean? Well guess what the baby fish…

  • Join Us For the National Natural Landmark Ceremony

    On September 23, Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas will appear at a celebratory rededication of the rivers’ National Natural Landmark status. At 1pm there will be a ceremony at South River Park (2148 Ocean Street, Marshfield), where a plaque marking the designation will be installed. The event will also honor the late Senator Paul Tsongas’s commitment to the…

  • Reflections by Andrew Staley, 2018 Summer Intern

    Summer is winding down quickly, and as I prepare to embark on my study abroad experience at the Center for Marine Research at Turks and Caicos, I am finding it so difficult to leave the NSRWA. One might wonder why I am so saddened to end my summer internship at the watershed, as I am…

  • Noteworthy North River Ships

    NATUREby Kezia Bacon, Correspondent The North River today is so serene: it can be difficult to imagine that it was once a booming center of industry. Beginning in the mid-1600s and continuing long into the 19th century, this 12-mile waterway was home to a total of 24 shipyards. Between 1645 and 1871, more than 1,000…

  • Blue Mussels Holding On in North River

    On Wednesday, August 15th, our intern Andrew Staley and our watershed ecologist Sara Grady went snorkeling to gather information about the past mussel enhancements made by the NSRWA near the banks of the North River in Marshfield. The mussel enhancements were made in 2015 by the watershed to boost the population of mussels, a key…

  • Hanover Mall Update

    NSRWA Executive Director Samantha Woods attended the public forum on the Hanover Mall last week and spoke about how the NSRWA is working in partnership with the mall to remove the dam they own on the Third Herring Brook that is blocking fish passage. She spoke about how the redevelopment of the Hanover Mall is a once in a lifetime opportunity to…

  • Thank You to Our FundRacers and Their Supporters

    Our heartfelt thanks to our FundRacers and their donors for generously supporting the Great River Race. The funds raised directly benefit our Estuary Explorers program to bring more kids to the rivers. After conferring with the authorities, we had to cancel the race (for the first time in 28 years) due to the threat of…

  • 2018 Harvest Moon Feast

    Monday, October 1st, 20186:00 pm–9:00 pmMill Wharf Restaurant Online ticketing has closed, but you can still buy tickets at the door. Join us for our premier fall event, the 11th Annual Harvest Moon Feast, at the Mill Wharf Restaurant on Scituate Harbor. Come spend an enjoyable evening sampling dishes from the South Shore’s finest restaurants, listening to…

  • FundRacers Paddle to Get More Kids on the Water

    This year NSRWA introduced a new component to the upcoming Great River Race. FundRacers will be paddling to raise funds for the Estuary Explorers program. This program brings school-aged youth to the North River estuary to engage in guided scientific explorations through hands-on activities. NSRWA Summer Intern Andrew Staley has pledged that the highest contributor…

  • South River Restoration Moves Forward in Duxbury and Marshfield

    NSRWA recently received grant funding to support further study of the removal of two dams on the South River. A total of $12,000 was awarded by the Baker-Polito Administration through the Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) Priority Projects Program. The program provides projects with grant funding, project management, and contracted technical services for wetland and…

  • Searching for Invaders on the New England Coast

    Last week our watershed ecologist and South Shore Regional Coordinator for MassBays, Sara Grady, participated in a marine invasives rapid assessment survey (RAS) on the New England coast with a team of scientists from around the country. The team visited nine docks from New Bedford, MA to Freeport, ME over the course of three days,…