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  • 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…

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

    Pembroke 40B Housing Project Update

    Since our last update, the state Department of Housing and Community Development has approved a proposed 56 unit River Marsh Village site abutting the North River in Pembroke as eligible for the development. Pembroke has appealed that ruling on the basis of a similarly denied project in 2005 by the same developer.  While Pembroke pursues…

  • Coming to a School Near You

    The NSRWA has been hard at work engaging the community this fall season by visiting the local Inly School in Scituate. Sixty students in grades 3 through 6 participated in fun and interactive programs over several days discussing the questions “Where does our water come from and where does it go? What is my impact…

  • The Importance of Herring

    The Importance of Herring

    Photo credit Sean Maiorano – Beneath the Surface, Pembroke Our region is recognized around the world as the location of the first Thanksgiving feast. There were numerous inhabitants on the South Shore before the Mayflower arrived, including the Mattakeeset. Descendants of the Massachusett Indians, the Mattakeeset settled on the southern edge of Massachusett territory, and just…

  • 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. Sara will also be accepting ideas for future topics. Just email your ideas to sara@nsrwa.org.  Episode 3 – Bringing the…

  • 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…