Welcome to the website of the York River Study Committee, which includes appointees from Eliot, Kittery, South Berwick, and York. For more information or questions, 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 – with updates and news of upcoming meetings and events).
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. Here’s an overview of the York River Study Committee’s recommendation: Designation Recommendation Overview
Community votes: Town select boards in York and Eliot placed warrant items on the November 6, 2018 ballot to allow voters to decide whether 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.
- In York, Article #2 related to the designation; OUTCOME: 63% of voters in York supported pursuing designation and accepted the Stewardship Plan (4,765 yes votes; 2,797 no votes).
- In Eliot, Article #10 related to the designation; OUTCOME: 73% of voters in Eliot supported pursuing designation and accepted the Stewardship Plan (2,501 yes votes; 933 no votes).
In Kittery and South Berwick, town councils are being asked to decide whether to adopt a resolution supporting Partnership Wild and Scenic River designation. UPDATE: The Kittery Town Council passed a resolution endorsing designation at its November 26 meeting.
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 electronically and it can be viewed at town halls or libraries. Print copies can be requested from Jennifer Hunter. Stewardship Plan link: http://www.yorkrivermaine.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/York-River-Watershed-Stewardship-Plan-August-2018.pdf. We have our own “Story Map” – or online tour – that provides highlights, maps and data from the Stewardship Plan. View it here: https://arcg.is/njfP9
- Presentation at Kittery Land Trust Stewardship Committee meeting, Monday, December 3, 5:00-6:00 p.m. at Kittery Community Center Room 132
- Regular monthly meeting of the York River Study Committee, Tuesday, January 22, 2019 5:30 p.m. at Grant House in York (December meeting cancelled)
York River Study in the news:
- Kittery supports York River Wild and Scenic designation, Portsmouth Herald / Seacoast Online, November 27, 2018
- Kittery, South Berwick up next in York River designation, York Weekly / Seacoast Online, November 13, 2018
- York River measure passes overwhelmingly, York Weekly / Seacoast Online, November 6, 2018
- Editorial: YES on 2 for York River’s Future, York Weekly / Seacoast Online, October 30, 2018
Watch our York River Study video:
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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