| Check out our Assabet River and *NEW* Sudbury River Recreation Maps!
Look for our new paper maps in local libraries, town offices, outdoor stores, and at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. If you have trouble finding them, please email OARS.
Also available: Concord River Boaters Trail
Join the Acton Land Stewardship Committee in planting trees to provide buffering and shade-out the Japanese Knotweed!
Date and Time: Saturday September 10
Time: 10 am - noon
Where: Acton Canoe Launch (67 Powdermill Rd, Acton)
Bring: Gloves, water bottle, and possibly a shovel or clippers.
Please register with Joe Holmes at 978-635-1982 or email.
Central and Northeast Massachusetts are suffering from a severe drought. Dry conditions have persisted in New England for the past 5 months. Our watershed area is within the Extreme Drought designation of the U.S. Drought Monitor. On August 13, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton issued a drought Warning—the highest level before an Emergency is declared—for Central and Northeast Massachusetts.
By Pam Rockwell, OARS Board of Directors
Here in Eastern Massachusetts we live with two rare but serious mosquito-borne illnesses, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV). Recently the Zika virus has been in the news and it is also spread by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are also an important player in our local ecosystem as a food source for fish, amphibians, and birds. Pesticides used to control mosquitoes can adversely affect other animals in the ecosystem, especially bees. And traditional mosquito habitat control (filling in wetlands) is not an effective control for our local mosquitoes, which thrive in suburban environments. In protecting ourselves from disease, we do not want to inadvertently cause more harm than good.