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 Stewardship 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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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 develop recommendations intended to preserve the many York River watershed resources valued by community members. Additional document layout / design updates will be made in August, and an Executive Summary will be added. We anticipate the plan will be printed and distributed in early September. For now, it’s available electronically, or a black and white print copy can be requested from Jennifer Hunter.  Stewardship Plan link: http://www.yorkrivermaine.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/York-River-Watershed-Stewardship-Plan-August-2018.pdf

York River Study in the news:

Final reports on the York River Watershed build-out study were completed by Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission and Spatial Alternatives, June 2018 (see “Study Reports” webpage). Story Map by SMPDC and Spatial Alternatives: http://arcg.is/C1e8O

Overview of the Study Committee’s designation recommendation for York River watershed rivers: Designation Outreach Print Version December 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 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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