Posted on: April 20, 2017

"Wild and Scenic" Nashua Rivers Study Committee: Public update and input session



When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Where: NRWA’s River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA

What: Do you think that the history of the Nashua River’s restoration, from one of the ten most polluted rivers in the 1960s to the sparkling river today, is remarkable? Do you like to fly fish and you find the cold water fisheries of the Squannacook and Nissitissit Rivers outstanding? Are you amazed at the diversity of turtles, birds, plants, and unique habitats that are found in and around our rivers? When you paddle on the Nashua, Squannacook, or Nissitissit River, do you feel revitalized?

The Nashua River “Wild and Scenic” River Study Committee invites you to join a public conversation on April 27th to discuss our rivers’ cultural history, outstanding biological and ecological resources, and extensive recreational opportunities.

The locally-appointed Study Committee was formed after the U.S. Congress passed legislation authorizing the National Park Service to commence a study of sections of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers to determine if they are eligible and suitable for designation as part of the federal Partnership Wild and Scenic River Program. Appointees to the Study Committee come from eight riverfront towns: Ayer, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Pepperell, Shirley, and Townsend. The Nashua River Watershed Association is playing a lead role along with the National Park Service. The Committee also includes representatives from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the MA Department of Fish & Game, the MA Division of Ecological Restoration, USGS, and volunteers.

Committee members are combing through any and all pertinent local, regional, state, and federal records, reports, historical documents, and related data to clarify which resources are considered “outstanding and remarkable”-- all to help make the case for the federal designation of “Wild and Scenic.”

Those attending the April 27th event will hear about the Committee’s findings to date and also have the opportunity to share thoughts on the findings and suggest additional resources that may have been overlooked so far. The Study and designation process will be explained and next steps outlined.

RSVP: RSVP requested for planning, though walk-ins are welcome. RSVP to Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs and Outreach Director, at 978-448-0299 or email AlF@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Learn more: www.WildandScenicNashuaRivers.org

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