Welcome to the website of the York River Study Committee. The Study Committee was formed to work with community members to develop a York River Watershed Management Plan and evaluate the suitability of a Partnership Wild and Scenic River designation for the river and its tributaries. The Study Committee includes members from Eliot, Kittery, South Berwick, and York. For more information or questions, contact York River Study Coordinator Jennifer Hunter.

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*** What’s New ***

  • Due to anticipated lack of availability of participants, the York River Study Committee meeting planned for December 19 is CANCELLED.  The next regular YRSC meeting is Tuesday, January 23.
  • Monthly watershed resources topic meetings: Next meeting is Thursday, December 7 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm at the York Public Library on data review and development for the ongoing watershed build-out study. RSVP to Jennifer Hunter if attending. Notes from the November 9 meeting on fish, wildlife and habitats, plus notes from other previous resource topic meetings, are posted on the Study Documents page.
  • York River Study in the news: York River and watershed alive and well (Seacoast Online, November 12, 2017)
  • York River Study Committee’s Preliminary Draft Management Recommendations Outline, October 2017

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Towns that are part of the 33 square mile York River watershed


Dams (or remnants of past dams) in the watershed, including historic dams originally built to harness the river’s power for saw and grist mills


Species of fish found in tidal marshes during a 2001 study of the York River


Miles of streams and rivers in the York River watershed

Approximate acres of salt marsh in the York River estuary, providing valuable habitat for fish, birds, and other species


The year the first dam was built in the watershed


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