April/May, 2014


1. Saturday April 26th, 12:30 pm: Clean up with MRWC in Andover!
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 in Andover, Lawrence, Lowell, Bedford:

a.Tuesday April 22nd, 1-3:30. 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:

b. Saturday April 26th, 9-on. Andover MA: Link up with Andover Conservation Commission, Boy Scouts, and other Andover volunteers at 9am.  Meet at the old Andover Companies Parking lot, off of New England Business Center.

c. Saturday April 26th, 8-1., Lawrence, MA. Groundwork Lawrence’s Earth Day Sat. April 26th from 8-1. Meet at Campagnone Common (aka North Common). Details at:

d. Saturday April 26th, 9-1, 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.

d. Tue May 6, 1:45-6 pm, Lowell, MA. Clean River Project and Gulf of Maine Institute: Tue May 6: 1:45 -6pm. Meet at Middlesex Community College lobby, City Building at 1:45 or at the site anytime between 2-6 (Route 38 bridge on Merrimack). Details at:

f. Sat. May 10th, 9-12, 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 Merrimack River cleanup! If you would like us to post your effort, please email Executive Director Caroly Shumway at cshumway with the info, and we’ll gladly 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 or call us at 978-655-4742.


Saturday, June 7th, 2014

36th Special Olympics Lou Marcel Canoe Race

Ahoy! This winter has made us batten down the hatches for too long…so come sail down the Merrimack River like Captain Jack! Join  Special Olympics Massachussetts for an 8 mile voyage, organize your crew and brave the wilds of the beautiful Merrimack Valley in this year’s theme “Pirates of the Merrimack River”.

All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics. This year’s race will be bigger and better than ever! Once the river excursion is done, join in the celebration at the Crescent Yacht club in Bradford. Enjoy food, beverage, live music by “Blue Moon”, as well as awards for the best costume.

Don’t own a canoe or kayak, but still want to participate? Reserve your canoes/kayaks today! Thanks to “Charles River Canoe and Kayak” canoe/kayak rentals will be delivered to the starting line in Lawrence (Essex County Alternative Correctional Facility) and retrieved at the Crescent Yacht Club in Bradford for a nominal fee of $55. Click on the “Canoe Rentals” link at to rent your canoe/kayak.

Please note: For all participants who are renting canoes from Paddle Boston, there will be no parking available at the either the Essex County Correctional Facility or the Crescent Yacht Club. Parking is available at the Upper Deck Parking lot in Haverhill on Bailey Blvd. Buses will begin shuttling people to the start of the race at 7:30 am, and can bring you backat the end of the race and throughout the afternoon.

For more information and directions, see Call the canoe race hotline if needed: 617-763-5393