MERRIMACK RIVER WATERSHED COUNCIL INC

Rating: 4.71 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Environment, Water

Location: 60 Island Street - Suite 211-E Lawrence MA 01840 USA

Mission: To ensure the sustainable ecological integrity and balanced, managed use of the Merrimack River and its watershed through science, advocacy, partnering and recreation.

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I worked for the MRWC for more than 3 years, and it was a great experience for me. The MRWC main goal to protect our drinking water. About a month ago I watched a documentary on contaminated drinking water in the wester parts of the United States. After watching the documentary, I really realized how dangerous contaminated drinking water can be and the damages it can do on the human body and the environment. Therefore, I commend the MRWC on the work that it does for the community and surrounding areas.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Administrative skills and more of an understanding of the environment and drinking water safety precautions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Seek to get more of the public involved and to get more public recognition.

Rating: 4 stars  

Over the 2010 summer, I volunteered my time at the Merrimack River Watershed. I had a strong writing background and wanted to exert my skills towards writing their news releases, press releases, e-newsletters, and more. I definitely would rate this a positive experience because I strengthened my writing skills by a lot and learned how to write proper news releases for companies. In the process, I also learned a lot about the background of the watershed, what it does, etc, and was very interested in how it functioned as a drinking water source for most of New England. In addition, I was given very helpful feedback on my work before it was finalized to be put out to the public. Overall, I thought this experience allowed me to broaden my horizons and further explore possible future careers with my major in Journalism!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

As an intern of the Merrimack River Watershed Council, I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with amazing and knowledgeable people who truly care about the nature of their organization. I am currently a student at UMass Lowell, and I am one of the many residents who drink the water that comes from the river. For many, the Merrimack River is used for fishing, swimming, paddling, boating, and a variety of other activities. Although there are legal water quality standards that the river needs to meet, the MRWC does a great job of informing us that the river may not always be as safe as we would like to think. Furthermore, it takes the initiative to protect the river beyond federal and state standards. The MRWC dedicates it time to water quality monitoring, research, river health advocacy, and many other projects that help to sustain a healthy Merrimack River. The organization also consists of many volunteers who kindly donate their time to river-cleanups and water quality testing. MRWC really goes above and beyond in implementing the necessary projects that help to improve the Merrimack River’s natural habitat. I take pride in working for this nonprofit organization because it consists of great people who work hard in supporting an important cause that much of the community appreciates and admires.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with the staff on a weekly basis and attending the Earth Day Breakfast Program where Executive Director, Christine Tabak informed the public with her knowledge based on the research of MRWC. It was a great turnout!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more financial support in order to allow the organization to implement the projects that benefit the community as a whole.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working directly with the staff and having the opportunity to learn from them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have had the opportunity to work with Executive Director, Christine Tabak, Office Manager, James Magarian, Water Resources Manager, Tracy Sales, Membership Coordinator, Murielle Georges, and Water Resources Assistant, Ryan Jennison. All great people!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Invest in appropriate research and used the money to perform projects that would protect the Merrimack River from invasive species, unsafe chemicals, and other unsafe susbstances due to combined sewer overflow.

Ways to make it better...

It could not have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Fiscal barriers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the Merrimack River played a key factor in my college selection process. I found it to be a beautiful part of nature that complements the city of Lowell. As an intern at MRWC, I have become very appreciative for the work that the organization does.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The Merrimack River Watershed Council does what the state and federal government should be doing, but have not done in over a decade. MRWC protects the river and the millions of people who depend on the river...people who live, work, play in the river as well as the 375,000 people in MA and NH who depend on the river as their source of drinking water. The knowledge, passion and care exemplified by the staff for the river and its community are truly remarkable. Tracie is an excellent scientist who leads the watchdog efforts in monitoring the river and tracing sources of pollution. Jim has an amazing way of communicating the beauty and risks of the river and the work MRWC does to protect it. Murielle loves to help folks out with their memberships and does so with a cheery smile. Numerous interns and volunteers lead recreational trips, participate in monitoring trips and assist in office tasks. It was an honor for me to work with the MRWC team. Not only are the people amazing, but what they do with so very litter is astounding.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

- Seeing the water quality improve in the Merrimack River over the last 6 years. - Watching increased involvement of folks who care for the river. - Observing increased recreation on the river.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The Merrimack River Watershed Council is one of New England's first watershed councils. MRWC was competently tending to the river while other watershed were being neglected. The Merrimack is the backbone to New England and MRWC stewards the riverscape masterfully. I particularly like the opportunities to canoe with others and the updates of the latest challenges. I have worked with youth in Lowell and Lawrence, and in local schools. From getting to know the river, to becoming engaged in river preservation, to marveling over the wildlife, the Merrimack River Watershed Council is the finest organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing bald eagles return to the Merrimack from Salisbury up to perch outside of Lowell Hospital windows. Through active citizen-science monitoring the river, the river is now cleaner than ever before.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hold more celebratory gatherings with wonderful natural history notes in both MA and NH. More presentations of the good work of youth and volunteers. Annually bring the glory of river to people at different locations, while maintaining the best meetings.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that it all helps conserve and preserve the wonder of the Merrimack

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff are to be commended for taking time for all my questions. Volunteers have wonderful enthusiasm and deep knowledge.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Put in fish ladders in Lawrence, Lowell, maybe more, that would permit short-nose and Atlantic sturgeon to return along with the salmon and herring. Build an eagle, osprey, heron observation tower.

Ways to make it better...

There is no way my experiences could be better with MRWA!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial

One thing I'd also say is that...

MRWA may struggle financially, MRWA excels as the watershed council. MRWA has only just begun to realize its potential. As the Merrimack improves so to do opportunities for MRWA. What the Colorado is for the West the Merrimack can be for New England.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

When I first walked into the Merrimack River Watershed Council, I had no idea what to expect from my visit; I was there to interview for a work study position for my university. The display at the front of the office caught my interest, and I began flipping through the postcards and pamphlets on the desk. After a few minutes, Jim brought me to the conference center and left me there with some brief literature about the company's mission. As I flipped through the booklets, I realized that this business truly cared for their mission - to protect and conserve the Merrimack. I joined a team that, for the first time in my job experience, actually cared about their company - and for that I'm grateful, because it has taught me a lot about real life in these last few months. In my time here I was able to do more than answer phones; I was placed directly into the business, researching different community service ventures, contacting the media, and getting practical experience with water monitoring equipment. I have learned so much from this organization, and I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity with the wonderful people I have met.

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I got real-life experience that I never expected, and along the way I learned a lot about how a small non-profit works.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the experience and the people; the people were so helpful anytime I needed it, and I got a lot of real-world experience from the position.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be perfected. The organization's main struggle is its financial problems.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I feel like I've grown along with the MRWC. I started out just wanting to have a group to paddle with - people who knew were to get on the river and where to get off. I've since learned there is much more to the group and have become involved by trying to get other people to appreciate and want to protect the river and it's watershed. Having grown up in a time when the Merrimack and other local rivers were not inviting places to paddle. Paddling them today, I quickly learned that, even as they flow through the busiest cities, they have beauty to share and wildlife to cherish. Rivers really are the lifeblood of all creatures on this earth. I'm grateful the the MRWC for championing and monitoring the mighty Merrimack and it's tributaries.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Learning more about how the river is monitored for various pollutants and what steps can be taken to correct problems.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire more full time staff

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing it grow and expand it's programs becoming a more effective "Voice of the Merrimack"

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, knowlegable, energetic, and passionate

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand their monitoring efforts to all sections of the river. Test for a wider variety of pollutants Hire more full time staff Develop more educational programs

Ways to make it better...

I'd gotten involved earlier!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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