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  • Map of Natural Resources at 274 Water Street, Pembroke Proposed 40b

    Update on Letter to Protect North River from 68 Unit Development

    Thank you to all who signed our letter to protect the North River from a proposed 68 unit development. There were 571 online signatures sent with the letter to the Mass Housing Financing Agency. There were also several State Representatives and Senators that sent letters asking Mass Housing to deny the proposed 68 unit development. Rep.…

  • “Take Ten” to Help River Herring (These little fish need big help!)

    Herring populations have been declining in coastal streams for a variety of factors including an inability to get to their spawning grounds due to dams or non-operational fish ladders. The herring are important because they are a crucial link in the coastal food chain. They are a source of food for striped bass, blue fish,…

  • Here We Grow Again! Part-Time Administrative Assistant Needed

    Perfect job for a stay at home parent looking to keep their professional skills up to date and put those skills to work for a good cause. The North and South Rivers Watershed Association, Inc. (NSRWA) is a growing non-profit grassroots environmental organization located on the South Shore of Massachusetts. We are seeking a part-time…

  • Green Crab Trapping and Burrow Surveys Continue

    The invasive European Green Crab has been a destructive force around the Gulf of Maine for several years, clearing estuaries of eelgrass as they dig up clams, and destabilizing marsh banks with their burrows. In order to better understand how this invader may be impacting the North and South Rivers estuary, this past summer the…

  • Town of Scituate Receives Sustainable Water Management Grant

    The Town of Scituate was awarded $115,250 from the Water Management Act (WMA) Grant Program, an effort by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) that is intended to help communities with water conservation, source and demand management, and other water withdrawal planning and mitigation…

  • Map of Natural Resources at 274 Water Street, Pembroke Proposed 40b

    Sign Our Letter to Protect the North River from a 68 Unit Development

    For more information about the proposed project visit the town of Pembroke’s website . Click here to sign ­February 2, 2017Michael BusbyMass Housing Financing AgencyOne Beacon StreetBoston, MA  02108 Re: River Marsh Village MH#916 Dear Mr. Busby: The North and South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA) is a nonprofit grassroots environmental organization that has been protecting the…

  • Hello, Raccoons!

    NATURE (HUMAN AND OTHERWISE)by Kezia Bacon, Correspondent Early one January morning, as the sun was beginning to rise, I opened my back door and was about to step outside when I noticed something unusual in the spot where I would normally place my foot. It was round, furry, brownish-gray, and about the size of a…

  • Iron Mine Brook Project Completed with New Walking Footbridge

    Click here to see the finished project. In November the Town of Hanover DPW removed the Iron Mine Brook culvert. Once the culvert was removed, erosion control was put in place and the stream banks were replanted with native vegetation, the trail leading to the site was cleared and concrete support pads were poured. Recently…

  • Meet Our Winter Intern Tess Walter

    Hello! My name is Tess Walter and I am from Scituate MA. I am currently a senior at the University of Delaware. I am majoring in Environmental Studies and I also have minors in Public Policy and Spanish. I will be graduating this May with the hopes of pursuing a career in environmental policy. Although…

  • State of the Drought

    More than 90 people came to the first WaterWatch Lecture on Wednesday, January 11th to hear about the state of the drought in Massachusetts. Ellen Mecray, Eastern Region Climate Services Director of NOAA’s Eastern Region Climate Center reported that with climate extremes on the rise and increased water withdrawals the drought will continue in the…

  • 7+ Walking Places for 2017

    NATURE (HUMAN AND OTHERWISE) by Kezia Bacon, Correspondent We are fortunate, here on the South Shore, to have access to an abundance of nature preserves. Chances are, if walking in the woods is the type of thing you enjoy, you’re already familiar with World’s End in Hingham and the Norris Reservation in Norwell, local favorites…

  • South Shore Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Symposium Presentations Now Available

    Thank you for attending the South Shore Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Symposium. Many of you have asked for the presentations from the conference. Each of the files can be downloaded from the links below: Presentation 1. Executive Order 569-Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth Presentation 2. Fostering Coastal Resiliency Presentation 3.…

  • Introducing the Hoyt-Hall Preserve

    NATURE (HUMAN AND OTHERWISE)by Kezia Bacon, Correspondent We’ve been awaiting this moment for more than 15 years. We’ve read about grant applications and land purchases. We’ve observed survey tape on trees, and witnessed trails being carved out of the forest. When red and blue blazes appeared at woodland intersections and signs went up in the…

  • Iron Mine Bridge Culvert Removed, Stream Opened

    Over the past few years, NSRWA inventoried and assessed all the dams, culverts, and other impediments to natural stream flow in the North and South River systems, and prioritized these for action. Together with our friends at the local Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, we determined that removing…

  • Your support is vital to our success!

    Your support is vital to our success!

    Donate Today! We believe that our communities deserve clean, healthy, flowing rivers. To help ensure the health of our watershed, we are educating local residents about water conservation and river restoration. NSRWA engages local youth and adults in hands-on programs that bring people closer to our natural treasures. In 2016, together with our members and…

  • Get Outside On This Long Holiday Weekend!

    REI is encouraging people to get outside this holiday through their #OptOutside campaign. They believe that “being outside makes us our best selves – healthier and happier, physically and mentally. But as a nation we’re still spending over 90 percent of our lives indoors and it’s a trend we need to tackle,” said REI CEO…

  • Scituate 5th Graders Participate in the “Water All Around You” Program

    The 5th graders at Jenkins, Hatherly, Cushing and Wampatuck Elementary Schools learned about their local water resources and water conservation by participating in the Water All Around You program. The curriculum, a part of the regional WaterSmart programming, was created and presented by the North and South Rivers Watershed Association and funded by the Scituate…

  • Friends of South River Park Honor Veterans

    Friends of South River Park Honor Veterans

    The Friends of South River Park and Greenway hosted a reception to honor veterans at Marshfield’s South River Park today. Many people made use of the grounds while enjoying the parade on this beautiful day. The North and South Rivers Watershed Association is a founding member of the Friends of SRPG. The Friends group was…

  • Hanover Middle School Students Monitor Third Herring Brook Restoration

    Students from Hanover Middle School along with naturalists from the South Shore Natural Science Center (SSNSC) are helping to monitor the health of the Third Herring Brook. The program was developed by the SSNSC in collaboration with the North and South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA) and funded through a generous grant from Battelle in Norwell.…

  • NSRWA Reflecting Back and Moving Forward

    NSRWA Reflecting Back and Moving Forward

    The North and South Rivers Watershed Association held their annual meeting on Friday, November 4, with a full house at the South Shore Natural Science Center. The year 2016 has seen lots of changes for the NSRWA. Two long time staffers (or half of the staff) left the organization. Paula Christie, the assistant director for…