About the York River Study Committee

The York River Study Committee was established 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) is awarded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Wells Reserve.

York River Study Committee members:

Voting 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

Non-voting Members

  • Paul Dest, Wells Reserve (Committee Vice Chair and Treasurer)
  • Jamie Fosburgh, National Park Service
  • Jim MacCartney, National Park Service
  • Judy Gates, Maine DOT
  • 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 jh.yorkriver@gmail.com.