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The York Rivers Association is a group of citizens, non-profit organizations, local, state and federal agencies -- all working together to protect and restore the rivers of the Town of York, Maine.

As the demand for waterfront property leads to increased development, competition for rivers' resources will undoubtedly come into conflict with historic and environmental values. The visual characteristics will not remain static.

York Rivers Association early work resulted in a collaboration that has continued to grow. Today the it represents a diverse group of partners including citizens town and federal officials, organizations and constituencies.

With the help of our partners:

  • York’s Conservation Commission, Land Trust, and Rivers Association are active in both watershed and river issues
  • Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve has completed a fish distribution and habitat survey entitled "Fish Communities & Habitats of the York River Watershed" (November 2006)
  • National Park Service Rivers and Trails and Radcliffe assessments are completed
  • Fish passage and restoration work was undertaken on Rogers Brook in September 2002
  • Over 11,000 acres (19%) have been permanently conserved in the Mount Agamenticus region

Our recent and current projects include:

  • A Watershed Survey and Management Plan was completed in 2003
  • York River Watershed Management Plan Implementation (2005-)
  • A Conservation Plan for the York River/ Brave Boat Harbor/ Gerrish Island and merged plan with Mt. Agamenticus Conservation Plan entitled A Conservation Plan for the Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative.
  • Completed restoration work in Wheeler Marsh, continue research monitoring of project changes
  • Study of intertidal marshes in the York River
  • Ecological history of the York River

Some of the ideas we're looking at completing in the future are:

  • Coordination of the York School K – 12 curriculum with York’s natural resources
  • Implement restoration/ remediation projects in the Watershed Management Plan
  • Complete an updated vegetation / landcover map for the watershed


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