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

  • Monthly watershed resource topic meetings: Next meeting is Tuesday, June 20, 10:00 at York Public Library, topic is watershed conservation lands: natural resource protection objectives, stewardship/management plans, public access and recreation, and other conservation priorities. Notes from previous monthly topic meetings are posted on the Study Documents page.
  • Join the Study Committee on a walking tour to learn about some of the history and habitats of the York River. Events are planned for Thursday, July 13 and Thursday, July 20. FMI and to sign up: http://www.yorkrivermaine.org/news-events/watershed-walks/
  • Be an archaeologist for a day – volunteer to take part in a June 24-27 dig with Northeast Archaeology Research Center, the Study Committee’s contractor conducting historic resources surveys in the watershed: Archaeology Survey Flyer  FMI: Archaeological Dig Information & Contact Sheet
  • York River Study in the news (York Weekly/Seacoast Online, May 9, 2017): YHS students study fish species in York River



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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