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  • Celebrating Our Rivers’ National Natural Landmark Status

    NATUREby Kezia Bacon, Correspondent Are you aware that we have a nationally recognized landscape in our midst? Like California’s Mount Shasta, the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia, Kentucky’s Red River Gorge and Ship Rock in New Mexico, the North and South Rivers are one of our country’s National Natural Landmarks. In 1977, the National Park Service…

  • 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 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 great jazz, and enjoying complimentary wine and beer tastings. There will also be…

  • 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,…

  • Visiting the Waterfalls of Massachusetts

    NATUREby Kezia Bacon, Correspondent Quite by accident, I visited two of our state’s Top Ten waterfalls this summer. One weekend in late June, I went to the Berkshires for work. On my way from the turnpike to Sheffield, a picturesque town in Massachusetts’ southwest corner, I passed a sign for Bash Bish Falls, which I…

  • Stormwater Permit Goes Into Effect

    Following a lawsuit by 10 environmental groups including NSRWA, a long-awaited federal stormwater permit went into effect for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on July 1. The permit requires municipalities to take additional steps to protect rivers, lakes, streams and ponds from polluted stormwater runoff. Contaminated stormwater is the state’s top water pollution problem. A Remarkable Win for Clean Water…

  • Is it possible to overwater your lawn?

    If you said yes, you are correct. Lawns can be overwatered. Too much water weakens the grass, makes it more susceptible to disease and causes “shallow root syndrome.” How much water do you use? To protect public health and safety, as well as our natural resources, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs recommends a…

  • The Great River Race Isn’t Just for Racers!

    The Great River Race is a bit of a misnomer. It is an amazing paddling event on the North River, but not everyone that participates is a serious racer. Lots of people take it at their own pace and just enjoy the scenery. For the less serious, but creative paddler, there is also the Best…

  • NSRWA Seeking Environmental Educator

    This position is a full-time salaried environmental educator for the North and South Rivers Watershed Association, a 48-year-old nonprofit with a purpose to protect our waters through education and engagement programming. This position is responsible for developing and providing watershed based experiential learning programs for all ages that increase our communities’ engagement with protecting our…

  • 2018 Painted Rain Barrel Raffle Winners Announced

    2018 Painted Rain Barrel Raffle Winners Announced

        The winners of the NSRWA WaterSmart Painted Rain Barrel Raffle have been chosen. From the paper entries submitted at area libraries and the online entries, the following winners have been randomly selected: Town             Winner                             …

  • South Shore Voc Tech Student Designs Winning Logo

    North and South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA) partnered with South Shore Vocational Technical High School (SSVT) to come up with this year’s Great River Race logo. The partnership began in 2016 when students from the SSVT Environmental Science class participated in the NSRWA Estuary Explorers program. This year NSRWA collaborated with the Design and Visual…

  • Planet Subaru Donates Program Vehicle to NSRWA

    Planet Subaru of Hanover donated $18,147.00 to the North and South Rivers Watershed Association which was used to purchase a program vehicle. The money was raised as part of the Share the Love® campaign run by Subaru of America, Inc., which donated $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased through January 2, 2018 to…

  • Rockland’s Rail Trail

    NATUREby Kezia Bacon, Correspondent Do you know about the Hanover Branch Railroad? It extended 7.8 miles from Hanover Four Corners, through South and West Hanover, across Rockland, to North Abington, where it connected with the Old Colony Railroad to Plymouth. Incorporated in 1846, and constructed over the better part of the next 20 years, it officially opened for service in 1868. E. Y.…

  • Enter to Win a Painted Rain Barrel!

    The North and South Rivers Watershed Association, in conjunction with WaterSmart South Shore, is holding a painted rain barrel raffle. The NSRWA is collaborating with ten artists and groups on the South Shore for this public art project. A big thank you goes out to our participating artists and groups: Duxbury – Todd Alvey, Atlantic…