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Merrimack River Watershed Council

Protecting the Merrimack River and its watershed
for people and wildlife since 1976

Calendar of Events

Please join us for these upcoming events!



Stormwater 101

MRWC Executive Director Rusty Russell will discuss how home gardening—in the form of rain gardens—can help us address one of the primary water pollution problems in the region: stormwater runoff.  He'll also outline new EPA regulations that require greater local effort to deal with the runoff problem.

7-8:30 pm
Chelmsford Public Library

Chelmsford, MA



Give Voice to Our Rivers—
Attend Lobby Day

Join MRWC and dozens of other river advocates, as we meet with our state legislators to speak up for river-friendly bills, including ones that would require real-time public notice of sewage overflows (CSOs) and establish a Merrimack River Commission to monitor and improve the health of our historic waterway.  We're hoping for an impressive showing, so if you're interested, email us right away. Please see below for more information on this event.

Massachusetts State House, Boston
1 pm (room 428)

2019 Lobby for the Rivers Day

Join us to speak up for rivers!

We are excited to announce the kick-off for 2019 Lobby for the Rivers Day, hosted by Mass Rivers. The Merrimack River Watershed Council will be leading a delegation to meet with Merrimack Valley legislators to talk about river legislation important to us. We start at 1 pm on Thursday, March 28 in Room 428 of the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

Will you join us? Let us know by (1) emailing MRWC at [email protected]; and (2) registering with Mass Rivers: click here. Registration with Mass Rivers is very important.

With environmental regulations being rolled back weekly at the federal level, it is more important than ever that we have strong protections for our waterways at the local level. A major piece of proposed legislation for our area would give residents the right to know when sewage overflows (CSOs) happen in the Merrimack, in real time.

From 1-2, there will be a brief training session, followed by remarks from seven state representatives and senators who are backing rivers legislation in Massachusetts. They include Rep. Linda Dean Campbell of Methuen, a primary sponsor of the CSO notice bill. Then we will meet with legislators in smaller groups (with each group linked to its state senator and representative) for half-hour meetings. These are being set up by Mass Rivers, but will start at 2:15, 2:45 and, if possible, 3:15.

This is an opportunity for you to meet with your local elected officials to share why the Merrimack matters to you. We’ll hear from some of our legislative champions and get a brief training session on how to talk to officials about water issues. We’ll end by 4 pm.