The Parker River Watershed

The Parker River is approximately 23 miles in length and its watershed covers approximately 82 square miles in Essex County, Massachusetts. Towns and cities located partially or wholly in the watershed include Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Ipswich, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, and West Newbury. Major tributaries include the Little River which starts in Newburyport and flows through Newbury, and the Mill River , which flows through Rowley and joins the Parker River near Gov. Dummer Academy.   . There are 14 lakes, ponds, and reservoirs in the watershed covering approximately 295 acres.

The presence of fish especially the Alewife is an excellent indicator to reveal the health of the river system.     Fish counts are maintained and relayed over a period ot time to help monitor the water quality and environmental pressures on the river.

Inflow monitoring along the tributaries of the watershed reveal the health of the river.    If too much is withdrawn, then the habitat suffers, and the demands of humans and wildlife suffer likewise.

Volunteers using consistent monitoring   in strategic points along the river system produce statistical results revealing what are the environmental pressures on the watershed and the quality of the water.

Protecting our stormwater is necessary to help us increase groundwater and aquifer storage, and to help us reduce flooding and its subsequent compromise of our fresh water supplies, for all ecosystems in our watersheds.

In an effort to protect the health of the river system, PRCWA conducts an active breeding program for the endangered Blandings Turtle through its hatching program.

PRCWA maintain the trails at the headwaters of the Little River as a means to introduce the importance of the Watershed through education and recreation.

PRCWA Contacts

We'd love to hear from you and get your input on ways to preserve the Parker River Watershed and the Plum Island Sound.

PO Box 798, Byfield, MA  01922
Telephone :
​978.462.2551

Email : parker.river@verizon.net

 

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Webmaster: Jerry A. Mullins

indyjerry@hotmail.com

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Our Purpose!

 

The PRCWA is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the restoration and protection of the waters and environment of the Parker River and Plum Island Sound Watersheds.

 

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