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  • The Joy of Learning Through Volunteering

    Volunteer Profile by Steven Reitz Since January of this year, I have been given the great opportunity of working with the team at the North and South Rivers Watershed Association. Sam, Lori, Gabi, and Sara are all great to work with and have really given me the opportunity to learn new things hands-on that a…

  • Amended Pembroke 40B Project Should Still Not Be Approved

    The developer of the River Marsh 40B project at 274 Water Street in Pembroke recently resubmitted to the state for eligibility with a negligible reduction in the number of units. The River Marsh LLC proposal is now to develop 56 townhouse condominium style housing units instead of the original 68 unit proposal. This amended proposal…

  • Bringing Back the Monarchs

    NSRWA Director of Marketing and Communications, Lori Wolfe, is not only a champion of the rivers, she is also passionate about Monarch butterflies. For about 20 years, since her kids were in elementary school, she has been raising Monarchs. It all started with one chrysalis back in Indiana. “We went to our grandparent’s farm in…

  • 2018 MET Grants Will Help Restore the Rivers

    Thanks to people purchasing the state’s three environmentally-themed specialty license plates, two of our rivers, the Third Herring Brook and the South River, will be receiving funding to help restore their health! These grants from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) to 15 projects across the state will restore aquatic habitat, rivers and watersheds, monitor water…

  • 2017 Harvest Moon Feast

    Monday, October 2nd, 2017 6:00 pm–9:00 pmMill Wharf Restaurant Tickets are still available, however, online ticketing has closed. Please buy your tickets at the door. Save the date for our premiere fall event, the 10th Annual Harvest Moon Feast, at the Mill Wharf Restaurant on Scituate Harbor, Monday, October 2 from 6-9pm. Proceeds from this event directly…

  • 2017 Herring Count Numbers Are In

    The NSRWA recruited and trained 87 citizen scientist volunteers this year to count river herring migrating into First Herring Brook in Scituate, Third Herring Brook in Norwell and Hanover, Herring Brook in Pembroke, and the South River in Marshfield. From April 1st to May June 14th volunteers spent over 154 hours in 10-minute intervals counting…

  • Great Times at the Great River Race!

    It was a beautiful day to be on the river and a great time was had by all! We thank all of our volunteers and sponsors for helping to make the race a big success. Racers came from all over Massachusetts, and from as far away as Georgia, Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland and Arizona! There…

  • Please Join or Renew Your Membership Today

    Whether it’s drought, runoff, development pressures, or old infrastructure we live in an area where the environment is always threatened. Your gift to the NSRWA supports work that is critical to protecting local waters, from our rivers to our drinking water supplies. We monitor the health of our waters, help remove dams and restore ecosystems, and…

  • 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…

  • 2017 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…