Shawsheen River Watershed Association

The Shawsheen River

The Shawsheen River is a tributary of the Merrimack River in northeast Massachusetts. It is appoximately 25 miles long and flows generally northward through the towns of Bedford, Billerica, Wilmington, Tewksbury, Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence, where it meets up with the Merrimack. Like the Merrimack, the Shawsheen played an important role in the development of the area, including industrial development, with many mills built to take advantage of the river's power. While you can still spot the artifacts of this rich history, the Shawsheen is now returning to its natural state.
Bob Rauseo, Former President

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Cleanup Efforts

The SRWA has removed more than 3000 tires from the river. We continue to remove pallets, lumber, bottles, and other trash from the river. Official cleanups are scheduled for the third Saturday of each month from April through October. Evening cleanups to address a particular problem area are scheduled every Tuesday night during Daylight Savings Time. Other cleanup work continues on an almost daily basis from spring through late fall. SRWA has received grants from The New England Grassroots Environmental Fund and several businesses to help pay trash removal costs, which can run as high as $2000 per year.
by F Greenwood
by F Greenwood
by F Greenwood
by Joe Votano
by Joe Votano
Heron Catching Fish
Heron Catching Fish by F Greenwood
Shawsheen River Watershed Association (SRWA)
Keeping the Shawsheen Clean