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 or libraries.  An accompanying “Story Map” – or online tour – provides highlights, maps and data from the Stewardship Plan. View it here: https://arcg.is/njfP9 


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 bill’s status and progress can be followed online: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1248 

Community votes: On November 6, 2018 voters in York and Eliot approved warrant articles to endorse a Partnership Wild and Scenic River designation for the York River and its major tributaries, and to accept the accompanying York River Watershed Stewardship Plan, with 63% voter approval in York and 73% approval in Eliot. On November 26 and December 11, town councils in Kittery and South Berwick unanimously adopted resolutions supporting Partnership Wild and Scenic River designation. 

Upcoming events: 

  • Regular monthly meeting of the York River Study Committee, Tuesday, May 28, 2019 5:30 p.m. at Grant House in York 

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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