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Merrimack River Watershed Council is a local non-profit that focuses on making the Merrimack River cleaner, healthier, and more accessible. 

Our vision is a Merrimack River Watershed where community and nature flourish together.

Our mission is to improve and protect the health of the Merrimack River Watershed for all people and wildlife.

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breaking news:

MRWC has been awarded $352,000 to launch new efforts to boost climate resilience and drinking water protection in the Merrimack valley

Current News

MRWC is looking for its next executive director

MRWC is in a significant growth period. The annual operating budget has grown 8x in the past two years, representing an addition of 6 new staff positions and a significant expansion of its impact in the region.MRWC seeks an enthusiastic, creative, enterprising person...

June Reflections from our New Hampshire Americorps Member

They say that all rivers run to the sea. And for that matter, all lakes run into rivers. The headwaters of the Merrimack river begin in New Hampshire’s lakes region, and I like to think that with the inclusion of the Merrimack River Watershed Council as a service site...

Officials to address contamination in Merrimack River with new federal funding

April 25th 2022: MRWC has been awarded $352,000 from Congress to pinpoint sources of pollution along the Merrimack, and to craft "green infrastructure" projects to help prevent contaminants from entering the river. Read the full story from the Lowell Sun.

Boston Herald “Baker Signs Bill Forcing Alerts of Sewage Dumps”

“This legislation has been
in the making for about a decade. It’s been a long battle for transparency about this public health issue,”

Merrimack River Watershed Council applauds passage of Sewage Public Notification Law

Merrimack River Watershed Council (MRWC) applauds Gov. Charlie Baker for signing into law a bill that will require sewage plants to quickly inform the public whenever they release untreated sewage into a river.

MRWC reaction to upcoming CSO project in Manchester

Lawrence, MA – In an interview with Newburyport Daily News reporter Heather Alterisio, Executive Director of the Merrimack River Watershed Council (MRWC) Matthew Thorne commented on the upcoming project in Manchester, NH to reduce Combined Sewer Overflows. In short,...

MRWC selected to host 2020-21 TerraCorps (AmeriCorps) position!

TerraCorps, an AmeriCorps affiliated environmental nonprofit, has selected MRWC to be a Service Site for the 2020-21 TerraCorps program year. This partnership will allow MRWC to host one Land Stewardship/Community Engagement Coordinator in a full-time 11-month service...

MRWC Joins Lawsuit Against Recent Clean Water Rollbacks

The Merrimack River Watershed Council has joined CLF, NRDC, Mass Audubon and Connecticut River Conservancy in a lawsuit against EPA clean water rollbacks.

Combined Sewer Overflow 101

Current NewsCombined Sewer overflow 101 Source: MRWC YouTubeThe Merrimack River Watershed Council's John Macone and Dan Graovac answer member questions on Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO's). To help in our fight against CSO's, join as a member or donate to the cause! ...

MRWC’s actions during COVID-19 outbreak

Current NewsMRWC's actions during COVID-19 outbreakDuring this unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), MRWC wants to share the steps we are taking as we respond to this evolving situation. First and foremost, our hearts go out to all those directly impacted...

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