The York River Study Committee was formed in late 2015. Volunteers for the Study Committee were sought from Eliot, Kittery, South Berwick, and York through a public application process open to all communities’ residents. Town officials appointed committee members from their respective towns. The Study Committee includes voting members (individuals appointed by towns) and non-voting members (representatives of public agencies). Committee members represent a broad range of expertise and interests related to the York River watershed. The Committee hired a Study Coordinator in early 2016.
The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve serves as fiscal agent for the York River Study Committee. Money from the National Park Service Partnership Wild & Scenic Rivers Program (about $60,000 per year for the three-year York River Study) was awarded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Wells Reserve.
York River Study Committee members:
- Karen Arsenault, York
- Stefan Claesson, Eliot
- Jean Demetracopoulos, South Berwick
- Cindy Donnell, York
- Thom Kearns, York
- Joan LeBlanc, York
- Mike Masi, York
- Jack Murphy, Eliot
- Chuck Ott, York (Committee Chair)
- Judy Spiller, Kittery
- Beth Walter, York (active 2016-2017)
- Paul Dest, Wells Reserve (Committee Vice Chair and Treasurer)
- Jamie Fosburgh, National Park Service
- Jim MacCartney, National Park Service
- Judy Gates, Maine DOT (active 2016-2018)
- David Gardner, Maine DOT
- Claire Enterline, Maine Coastal Program
York River Study Coordinator: Jennifer Hunter
The York River Study Committee meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of each month (third Tuesday in December) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Grant House in York. Meetings are open to the public. For information about upcoming meetings, contact the Study Coordinator at email@example.com.