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Joint effort saves pier from development
December 5, 2003, Portsmouth Herald
Thanks to the efforts of local residents, conservation groups, creative financing and the York Land Trust, the town will forever have at least one working commercial fishing pier.

Going against the tide
December 4, 2003, Maine Today
Two York lobstermen have teamed up with the local land trust to purchase Sewall's Bridge dock on the south side of the York River and preserve it as working waterfront.
The dock, used by commercial fishermen for years, previously had been bought by a private homeowner who rented space to pleasure boaters and had plans to develop a home on the site.

Conservation Experts Share Urgent Vision
November 19, 2003, York Weekly
Conservation has always been a theme in York, but now town officials and residents have the scientific evidence to prove its need. Three guest speakers and more than a dozen environmental groups gathered in the York Public Library on Tuesday evening to discuss the town’s natural resources and hear how, according to some scientists, residents may be able to preserve their small-town character and the geography that lends itself to that appeal.

Cape Neddick River Update
May 7, 2003, York Independent
An inspection of the upper reaches of the Cape Neddick River began this week as a key component of larger plans to free that river from pollution, and to safeguard it for the future.

Places: York River, Maine
November 2002, Atlantic Coastal Kayaker
The York River ’s fast current runs you swiftly past history and nature in equal measure. This scenic river in southern Maine is well worth a detour from coastal paddling. Start at the Wiggly Bridge in York Harbor and let the current and tide take you up to the juncture of the York River and Smelt Brook, a total distance of nine miles up and back.

Mysteries of the Marsh
September 9, 2002, Portland Press Herald
While there have been numerous efforts across the country and in Maine to preserve and restore salt marshes, there is little scientific data explaining how they work.

Tom’s Of Maine Awards First Annual Prize For River Stewardship
September 2002, Natural Foods Merchandiser
June 3rd Rivers Awareness event honors Carol Donnelly of York Rivers Association. Tom’s of Maine is pleased to announce the recipient of its first annual Prize for River Stewardship. The award recognizes an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership and service in river/watershed restoration, preservation and education. Carol Donnelly of the York Rivers Association received this year’s award, and was honored at an event June 3rd at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm.

York Finds 64 Pollution Sites
May 8, 2002, York Weekly
Metal trash cans, empty fertilizer bags, tires, tarps, abandoned appliances and rusted petroleum drums. No one wants this stuff next to the York River. But it's there, in a lot of places, and a handful of volunteers, state and local officials are hoping to clean it up.

Oyster Farm for York River Runs Into Tide of Opposition
April 24, 2002, York Independent
A Freeport, Maine, family seeking state approval to lease approximately four acres on the bottom of the York River for commercial oyster-growing met skepticism and some opposition last Tuesday night (April 16), at a sparsely attended public hearing held at York High School.

Watershed Grant
April 10, 2002, York Independent
When water sheets off the big slate roof of the new public library, where does it go? And what oil and grease and other polluting particulates does it pick up along the way -- and with what consequences? The same questions might be asked about water passing over the roofs and roads and parking lots of the scores of new developments in town, from Shop 'n Save's and York Hospital's to those of the town's smallest new homes, and it is the answers to these questions and many more that researchers are seeking as they begin, this month, a major new study to preserve and protect the York River watershed.

Marsh Rehab
April 4, 2002, York Independent
A common interest in the York River watershed once again led to some uncommon alliances last Friday morning (March 29th), as some 25 leaders from divergent disciplines gathered at 8:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall of the First Parish Church for an hour-and-one-half-long meeting organized by the York Rivers Association.

York groups celebrate the river's heritage
July 20, 2001, Portsmouth Herald
Coastal breezes offered the perfect complement to a day along the York River when scores of folks came out for River Heritage Day on Thursday.



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