HELP CLEAN UP THE MERRIMACK RIVER FOR EARTH DAY!

Posted ago by Caroly Shumway
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HELP CLEAN UP THE MERRIMACK RIVER FOR EARTH DAY!

Dear friends,

We are pleased to announce that we and a number of groups are cleaning up the Merrimack River on or around Earth Day. We hope you’ll join us! There are 3 options:

1. Clean up with us!
Link up with MRWC and Beyond Soccer for a cleanup sponsored by the Andover Conservation Commission on Sat. April 26th at 12:30 at the old Andover Companies Parking lot, off of New England Business Center Drive, Andover, MA.

2. Clean up with other groups:
a. Andover, MA: Link up with Andover Conservation Commission, Sustainable Andover, Boy Scouts, AVIS, Master Rowers, Andover Youth Services, Raytheon, Whole Foods, MA DEP, Andover Recycling, Philips Andover Academy, Clean River Project, and other Andover volunteers on Sat. APril 16th at 9am at the old Andover Companies Parking lot, off of New England Business Center Drive.

b. Lawrence, MA: Groundwork Lawrence’s Earth Day Sat. April 26th from 8-1. Meet at Campagnone Common (aka North Common), Lawrence. Details at: http://www.groundworklawrence.org/earthday

c. Lawrence, MA: Clean River Project: Tue April 22nd 1-3:30. Cleanup at the Route 93 bridge underpass, working  along the shoreline to the 611 Variety Store on Riverside Drive, Lawrence. Details at: http://www.cleanriverproject.org/event/earth-day-clean-up-with-3m-tuesday-april-22/

d. Lawrence MA (on Shawsheen River): Shawsheen River Watershed Association and Groundwork Lawrence: Sat. April 26th from 9-1, in/around Coyne and Costello Parkes. People will be picking up trash in canoes and on the river banks.

e. Lowell, MA: Clean River Project and Gulf of Maine Institute: Tue May 6: 1:45 -6pm. Meet at Middlesex Community College lobby, City Building, Lowell at 1:45 or at the site anytime between 2-6 (Route 38 bridge on Merrimack). Details at: http://www.cleanriverproject.org/event/may-6-merrimack-river-cleanup/

f. Bedford, MA (on Shawsheen River): Shawsheen River Watershed Association will be doing a paddle cleanup from 9-12 pm on Sat. May 10th, starting in Bedford, MA.

3.  Get some friends/family and do your own cleanup! If you would like us to post your effort, please email Executive Director Caroly Shumway at cshumway@merrimack.org with the info, and we’ll notify our members!

If we have missed any other organized Merrimack River cleanups in MA or NH, please let us know, and we’ll be happy to get the word out!

For more information or to add additional information, email us at cshumway@merrimack.org or call us at 978-655-4742. 

Let’s make this river even more beautiful together!

Image courtesy of www.aperfectworld.org

SUPPORT OUR EDUCATION AND TESTING EFFORTS!

Posted ago by Caroly Shumway

 

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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?  YiGive.comou 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/warmwelcome.cfm?c=61689&m=836489 to sign up today!

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.

Paddle Trip in the Merrimack River

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03 Approaching the old bridge abutments (2)
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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 info@merrimack.org or call 978-655-4742

Birds of the Merrimack. Photos courtesy of Craig Gibson.

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MY MERRIMACK PHOTOS

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CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION AND RIVER CLEANUP!

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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)!