For 37 years, The Merrimack River Watershed Council has worked to make the river cleaner, and taught kids to inspire the next generation of river heroes. The Merrimack River has come a long way since the industrial era; it is now cleaner than it has been in years. Bald eagles have returned, and shellfishing has opened at Joppa Flats, Newburyport for the first time in 80 years! More people are swimming, boating, and fishing the river than ever.
BUT We need YOUR help. We can’t do our education or testing efforts without funds. Talk is cheap; ACTION isn’t!
Here are some EASY ways for you to help support our efforts.
1. JOIN iGive. What is iGIVE? You can support the MRWC for FREE every time you shop online at any of 1070 stores. Just sign up for a FREE IGIVE account! I hope you’ll give it a try. Go to: http://iGive.com/welcome/
2. SUPPORT OUR ANNUAL FUND. Consider a gift of $100 or more to Merrimack River Watershed Council’s 2014 Annual Fund Campaign. Why give to the Annual Fund? The Annual Fund raises unrestricted dollars to cover immediate operational needs. In 2014, your donations will sponsor hands-on environmental education programs for children and adults and critical water testing in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made by check or online at www.merrimack.org. Annual fund donations are a gift above and beyond your membership.Please give generously to this annual appeal. Your support helps us protect and improve the river for people and wildlife, now and for future generations.
Join our Board! We are now recruiting for new Board members. We currently have 5 open positions among our Board of 11. Board members are volunteers engaged in the oversight of our nonprofit organization who use their passion and professional expertise to help us advance our mission to improve the health of the Merrimack River and watershed for its people and wildlife. We are seeking individuals with expertise in the environment, fundraising, or community engagement. Meetings are held monthly in the evening. Preference will be given to individuals with 5 or more years experience or a graduate degree and 2 or more years of experience. Inquiries welcome. Send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-655-4742
This Saturday, Oct. 13th, the Merrimack River Watershed Council received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Niki Tsongas “for our continued dedication and commitment to cleaning and monitoring the Merrrimack River, and for educating the public about the importance of this wonderful natural resource.”
We participated in Congresswoman Tsongas’ 6th River Day, after finishing our river cleanup in Newburyport in collaboration with the Boat Camp Nature School. The cleanup was part of CoastSweep.
Other nonprofits who received the recognition included Friends of the Bradford Rail Trail, whose newly established trail marked the ceremony.
Many thanks to Congresswoman Tsongas for her continued dedication to the Merrimack River, and to those who helped in the River Cleanup (some of our volunteers are shown below)!