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  • “Take Ten” to Help Count River Herring

    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, bluefish, osprey,…

  • Women of the Watershed: Profiles in Action

    Women of the Watershed: Profiles in Action

    In celebration of Women’s History Month, NSRWA is recognizing women who have made significant contributions to the Association over the years, either as staff members or volunteers.  First up are two women who have served in both roles. Samantha Woods, who became NSRWA Executive Director in 2002, was drawn to the environment at an early…

  • Pembroke 40B Housing Project Update

    By George Humphrey, Scituate For the past fourteen months, NSRWA has expressed strong environmental concerns regarding the proposed development of 56 residential units on a 50-acre parcel along the North River in Pembroke – including approximately 30 acres of unique and sensitive wetland habitats that was historically known as home to an endangered species. Until…

  • Become an NSRWA Ambassador!

    Volunteer Lisa Lenon is helping us reach new audiences to grow our NSRWA community. Lenon, our 2017 Volunteer of the Year, originally worked in our office cleaning up our database and sending out new member packets. She has now set her sights on helping us reach new audiences in our South Shore communities. We spoke…

  • Short Winter Walks

    NATURE by Kezia Bacon, Correspondent This winter has been mild so far, but let’s not forget the storms of last March. Spring doesn’t arrive until the 20th, and even then, we won’t necessarily be spared from snow, wind, and bitter cold. It’s not unusual to want to hibernate during the colder months, but stepping outdoors into a natural setting, even for a small…

  • Take Our Pledge and Get Your FREE Reusable Bag!

    BYOB has a new meaning – Bring Your Own Bag. Whether it’s to the grocery store, farmer’s market, pharmacy or retail store, you can make a difference by using reusable bags. By pledging to use reusable bags you can help keep plastic bags out of our rivers, streams and oceans. According to MassGreen.org, 92 cities…

  • New Stewardship Certificate Program Engages Youth in Environmental Stewardship Projects

    New Stewardship Certificate Program Engages Youth in Environmental Stewardship Projects

    The NSRWA’s new Stewardship Certificate is a program geared towards educating youth about the many unique local South Shore habitats, and engaging them to create a stewardship project that has a positive impact on their communities. Students will explore their own interests and passions as they work with the NSRWA to put together a project…

  • New Hope for Maintaining Streamflow in First Herring Brook

    By George Humphrey, Scituate In collaboration with the Scituate Department of Public Works, the MassBays Program and the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, the NSRWA has been shepherding two projects designed to maximize the use of existing water resources in a manner that will protect the fragile ecosystems in Scituate’s watershed. The Reservoir Dam Water…

  • Water All Around You School Program in Full Swing

    By Brian Taylor, NSRWA Environmental Educator The NSRWA has launched the WaterSmart Water All Around You school program for 2019! Since the program started visiting schools in 2008, we have educated more than 25,000 South Shore students. Water is a valuable resource, especially here on the South Shore, so it’s important to use it wisely.…

  • Visiting Duxbury’s Whiton Woods

    NATUREby Kezia Bacon, Correspondent Ask anyone familiar with the South Shore what our most common tree is and they will answer “pine,”… or if they know a little bit about botany, perhaps “white pine.” And it’s true. White pine is, by far, the predominant tree in our upland forests. What’s interesting to me is that…

  • NSRWA Seeking Citizen Science Volunteer Coordinator

    The North and South Rivers Watershed Association is an environmental non-profit on the South Shore of Massachusetts. Through our role as the regional partner for the Massachusetts Bays Program, we coordinate multiple citizen science initiatives including river herring monitoring, horseshoe crab spawning surveys, and water quality monitoring. The position may also involve assisting with an…

  • WaterWatch Lectures Online Thanks to Norwell Spotlight TV

    Interested in the WaterWatch Lecture Series but unable to attend? For the first time, the WaterWatch Lecture Series is being is being filmed and broadcast online as a part of the Norwell Nature Series by Norwell Spotlight TV. The first lecture, Barstow’s Two Oaks and the Upper North River Shipyards by Caleb Estabrooks is now online,…

  • Planet Aid Donations to Benefit NSRWA

    Sam Will is a 16 year old sophomore at Marshfield High School and has been a Boy Scouts since 1st grade. Now he is working towards the highest rank in Scouts with Marshfield Troop 101. One requirement to become an Eagle Scout is to organize and manage a community service project. His project is a…

  • Managing Scituate’s Water for Droughts – Public Meeting Tuesday, January 15 at 7:00pm

    With all the rain we have had recently, it is hard to remember the 2016 drought, but it is still very much in the forefront of those tasked with meeting the water needs of the Town of Scituate. On Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00pm, in the new Public Safety Building, the town will present an update…

  • Empowering People to Protect Water

    Empowering People to Protect Water

    Everyone deserves clean plentiful water and free-flowing connected rivers, however, there are several challenges we face on the South Shore. In many of our towns water withdrawals reduce streamflow, stormwater pollutes our waters, dams fragment the rivers and degraded habitats impact wildlife. There is also a lack of connection to nature and the public is…

  • Managing Scituate’s Water for Droughts – Public Meeting Scheduled

    Tuesday January 157:00pmScituate Public Safety Building800 Chief Justice Cushing Highway With all the rain we have had recently, it is hard to remember the 2016 drought, but it is still very much in the forefront of those tasked with meeting the water needs of the Town of Scituate. On Tuesday, January 15 at 7:00pm, in…

  • The Chesapeake, The Shannon, and the North River Boys Who Got Between Them

    NATURE by Kezia Bacon, Correspondent On June 18, 1812, US President James Madison declared war against the United Kingdom. Trade conflicts had heated up, due to the Napoleonic Wars and the UK’s attempt to block the US from trading with France. Impressment of Americans into the British Navy was also a serious concern. “Press gangs” would…

  • NSRWA Board Member Kevin Cassidy Honored by Mass Rivers Alliance

    At their Annual Meeting on December 5, Mass Rivers Alliance honored Kevin Cassidy, of Earthrise Law Center, for his pro bono work on behalf of watershed groups across the state. Kevin has been on the NSRWA board for since 2015, and has been a champion for water on the South Shore. Founded in 1996, Earthrise…

  • NSRWA’s 25th Annual New Year’s Day Walk

    Hanover Branch Rail Trail in Rockland and AbingtonRobert J. Nyman Rockland Senior CenterTuesday, January 1, 20191:00 pm – 2:30 pm Join the NSRWA for the 25th year of ringing in the New Year together by exploring our watershed. This year’s walk will follow the Hanover Branch Rail Trail in Rockland and Abington. The Rail Trail follows…

  • 2019 Explore South Shore Calendars Now on Sale!

    Our new 2019 Explore South Shore Calendars are now on sale. All of the photos featured are the winners in our Explore South Shore photo contest. They are the perfect holiday gift for anyone on your list. The calendars are $15 a piece and they are available at our offices, at 214 South Street in Norwell, or…