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  • Towns Vote This Fall on York River Designation

    | September 20, 2018 | Filed under: Culture

    In 2018, local towns decide whether to endorse Partnership Wild & Scenic designation for the York River as the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

  • Community Makes York River Fish Study a Success

    | June 15, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    We got lots of help over 10 weeks of fyke netting in the York River and added 3,759 fish records to our database. The results will be included in a report to the York River Wild and Scenic Committee.

  • Rainbow Smelt in the York River

    Tyler Spillane
    | May 15, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    Fyke netting in the York River in April and May 2017 resulted in well over 1,000 rainbow smelt caught and released, plus evidence of successful spawning in the river.

  • Letting It Flow

    | November 20, 2015

    Restoring Streams and the Pulse of Tides

    Three small projects with outsize impact have been focusing the reserve's attention in this latter half of 2015. Completing these minor feats of engineering will improve the ecology of local watersheds for generations to come. Our science and stewardship team planned for months and years to set up these moments of action on Goff Mill Brook, Branch Brook, and the York River.

  • York River is Good Candidate for Wild and Scenic Study

    | June 13, 2014

    Cover of Wild and Scenic River Reconnaissance Survey of the York River, prepared by the National Park Service, 2013A National Park Service (NPS) survey of the York River completed at the end of 2013 determined that “segments of the York River exhibit free-flowing character and noteworthy natural, cultural, and recreational resource values [and would] likely meet eligibility criteria for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.”

    The preliminary findings of the NPS survey validated the efforts of the Friends of the York River, which since 2009 has been working toward getting a law passed by the U.S. Congress that will allow a comprehensive study of the York River. Such a study would determine whether the river's designation under the wild and scenic program is appropriate for the affected towns and the nation.

    The 24-page Wild and Scenic River Reconnaissance Survey of the York River examines the natural, cultural, historical, recreational, and scenic resources of the river. It also looks at water flow and quality, protected land, and research studies and assessments. After this preliminary analysis, the NPS found:

    …all of the elements for a successful Study process appear to be in place for the York River. The local stakeholders have indicated an interest in pursuing a York River watershed-wide Study approach and the NPS concurs that this would be an appropriate study methodology for the York River. If a Study is authorized by Congress, the NPS believes that the use of the established Partnership Wild and Scenic River Study process, in close cooperation with the towns of Eliot, South Berwick, Kittery and York, the State of Maine, and other local and regional stakeholders would be an effective approach.

  • York River Study Bill Passes in U.S. House

    | June 11, 2012

    The Friends of the York River received some excellent news last week: The Wild and Scenic Study Bill written and sponsored by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree was unanimously passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on June 5.

    The bill calls for a multi-year study of the York River, done in conjunction with community input, that would determine if the river is eligible for designation as a Wild and Scenic Partnership River by the National Park Service. The bill still needs to pass in the Senate before it can become law.

  • York River Wild and Scenic Update

    | October 27, 2011

    Not long ago, we mentioned the York River Wild and Scenic study bill. Here's an update:

  • York River Wild and Scenic Study Bill

    | August 5, 2011 | Filed under: Program Reports

    The Wells Reserve has studied fish habitat, identified pollution sources, educated residents about riverine and estuarine ecology, and helped protect land in the York River watershed.