Welcome to the website of the York River Study Committee, which includes appointees from Eliot, Kittery, South Berwick, and York.  For more information, contact York River Study Coordinator Jennifer Hunter.  View the Calendar for the latest information on meetings and events.  Sign up for email announcements about the York River Study (on average, about one per month).

In November 2017, the York River Study Committee unanimously endorsed pursuing a Partnership Wild and Scenic River designation for the York River and its major tributaries.  Designation Recommendation Overview

The York River Watershed Stewardship Plan was approved by the York River Study Committee at its July 24, 2018 meeting. The Stewardship Plan is the culmination of over 30 months of work by the Study Committee to gather input on the York River and watershed resources valued by community members. The plan is available at town halls and libraries.  An accompanying “Story Map” – or online tour – provides highlights, maps and data from the Stewardship Plan. View it here: https://arcg.is/njfP9. Communities endorsed designation and the Stewardship Plan in late 2018, through votes on warrant articles in Eliot and York and adoption of resolutions by town councils in Kittery and South Berwick. 


York River Designation Bill: On February 14, 2019, Congresswoman Pingree introduced H.R. 1248 to designate the York River into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.  The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Jared Golden. The House Natural Resources Committee held a subcommittee hearing on H.R. 1248 on May 22, 2019. Congresswoman Pingree, National Park Service Deputy Director Dan Smith, and York River Study Committee Chair Chuck Ott all provided testimony in support of the bill.  The bill’s status can be viewed online: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1248 

Upcoming events: 

  • York River Study Committee monthly meeting on October 22, 5:30 p.m. at Grant House in York. Please contact Jennifer Hunter to confirm meeting status. 

York River Study in the news:


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 habitats 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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