Souhegan Watershed Association

Introduction

The Watershed

Maps

Cleanups

Coming Events

Water Quality

Monitoring Program

Monitoring Results

Blue Water Canoe Trail

NH Rivers Management Program

Salmon Release Program

Distinctions and Disgraces

Stories and Images

Related Links

How to Join

Coming Events/Late News

WATER QUALITY MONITORING

We will continue monitoring again for the 2017 season. We can always use new monitors to keep coverage continuous. If you have the time and interest, please check out the link on the home page. It takes about 30 minutes early in the morning every two weeks June thru September.

CANOE TRIPS

Canoe trips for 2017 are now posted and are being added to during the season. Check on the 'Introduction" page.

INVASIVES IN THE WATERSHED

SWA & SoRLAC recently hosted a workshop on identifying invasive plants and animals for hikers, fishermen, boaters, swimmers, water quality monitors, and other interested citizens. If you have suspicions of invasive plants along the river, please let us know what you can - especially note the exact location. We can't remove them if we don't know where they are.

Want to know more? Here is a link to NHRC River Runners. Go to the links at the bottom of the page for specific information on invasives and the threats to NH.

DRUG DISPOSAL

Anyone can dispose of any kind of drugs (illegal, prescription, over the counter) at a secure drop box at the Merrimack and Amherst Police Stations. There are also drop boxes at the Nashua and Hudson PDs. We urge people to use this way to dispose of drugs - especially prescription drugs. If they are flushed down the toilet, they will get into the Souhegan or Merrimack River. This has been a big problem affecting the animals living in or around the river - and they can't move. They ask that you leave identifying information on the container to make disposal proper.

Urge your town to join this program.

Another less effective way to dispose of your drugs is to seal them in a plastic bag with some wet coffee grounds or kitty litter and dispose of this in the regular trash.

KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE

 

It’s been placed on hold for now. If it comes back again, we will continue to monitor plans to protect the Souhegan and Merrimack Rivers.

 

RIPRAPPING

This is a big problem along the Souhegan! Some landowners want to armor their riverbank by placing rocks or other debris along the riverbank to prevent the river from eroding into their property and to keep the river from moving around in its channel - which is what healthy rivers are supposed to do naturally. Any attempts to do this is illegal and requires permits. SWA is opposed to riprapping unless there is a pressing need such as protecting roads and bridges.

The McCabe property running upstream from the Turkey Hill bridge in Merrimack is the latest and most invasive on the entire river. It joins Brewster Fields in Amherst in extensive, river-damaging riprapping. Check it out. It will destroy this section of the river forever. If you would like to object, send an email to DES at tom.burack@des.nh.gov . DES gave it a permit.

HIKING

Interested in helping plot hiking trails in the watershed? We are too! Let us know if you'd like to help.


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