Welcome to the website of the York River Stewardship Committee, which was formed in 2023 and includes appointees from Eliot, Kittery, South Berwick, and York. The committee is tasked with implementing the York River Watershed Stewardship Plan and the national Partnership Wild and Scenic River designation for York River. Please note: the Stewardship Committee inherited this website from the York River Study Committee, which created and administered the site from 2016 to mid-2023. Expect a redesign of this site in 2024. For now, Stewardship Committee information is contained on this home page, and the Stewardship Committee’s meeting agendas and minutes are posted on the Documents & Notes page of the site. Content on the rest of the site was developed prior to river designation and formation of the Stewardship Committee.

Contact the York River Stewardship Committee: Email Jennifer Hunter (coordinator)

York River Stewardship Committee monthly meeting: Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the York Land Trust Community Meeting Room (1 Long Neck Marsh Road, York). The first 30 minutes of this meeting includes a presentation by Tad Baker on historic resources. Contact Jennifer Hunter for more information. All meetings are open to the public. VIEW MEETING AGENDA


*** NEW GRANTS PROGRAM! ***  February 1, 2024 — The York River Stewardship Committee is excited to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) and an accompanying Application Form for its newly created York River Watershed Grants Program, made possible with funding from the National Park Service Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers Program. Through this funding opportunity, the Stewardship Committee aims to support projects that implement the York River Watershed Stewardship Plan to protect or enhance watershed resources. Applications are due by April 30, 2024. 

News Center Maine’s ‘207’ feature on York River

Coordinator hired: The Stewardship Committee selected Jennifer Hunter as its York River Watershed Program Coordinator. She started in mid-October. READ MORE

River Designation celebrated: On June 1, Congresswoman Pingree joined the York River Study Committee, York River watershed community members, National Park Service representatives, Friends of the York River, town officials, and others to celebrate designation of the York River into the national Wild and Scenic Rivers Program. Representatives for Senator King and Senator Collins joined the Congresswoman in making remarks at the celebratory event. READ THE PRESS RELEASE

Stewardship Committee appointed: As of mid-May, all four watershed towns have appointed members to the York River Stewardship Committee. See the list of town-appointed Stewardship Committee members and officers
What’s next? (early 2023): Now that the river is designated, read about next steps and plans to form the York River Wild and Scenic Stewardship Committee: Stewardship Committee-background and next steps & Stewardship Committee-description and responsibilities
Designation accomplished! (December 2022): Congress authorized designation of York River into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System on December 23, 2022. The designation authorization was included in the omnibus government spending bill that was passed by Congress and signed by President Biden on December 29, 2022 (Public Law No. 117-328). READ THE PRESS RELEASE

Information about York River & Partnership Wild and Scenic River designation:


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

Acres of salt marsh in the York River estuary that capture and store carbon and provide valuable habitat for many species


The year the first dam was built in the watershed