Everywhere you go, you are in a watershed for a river, stream, lake, pond or coastal embayment. A watershed is also called a drainage basin -- it's the area of land from which water flows downhill into a particular body of water.

The map below shows the major watersheds in Massachusetts.

Many watersheds have local citizen groups who are working on protecting and restoring their rivers and streams. To find out who to contact in your watershed, follow the link below the map or call the Division of Ecological Restoration at (617) 626-1540.

Please note that this listing does not necessarily constitute an endorsement.


Hudson River Watershed

Hoosic
Hoosic River Watershed Association
P.O. Box 667
Williamstown, MA 02167
(413)458-2742
hoorwa@berkshire.net
http://www.hoorwa.org/

Hoosic River Revival
P.O. Box 434
North Adams, MA 01247
hoosicriverrevival@gmail.com
http://www.hoosicriverrevival.org

 

Kinderhook

Bashbish

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Housatonic River Watershed

Housatonic Valley Association
PO Box 251, 1383 Pleasant St.
South Lee, MA 01260
413-394-9676 
dregan@hvatoday.org
http://www.hvatoday.org

Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

27 Highland Ave
Pittsfield, MA 01201
team@thebeatnews.org
http://www.thebeatnews.org

Housatonic River Initiative/HousatonicRiverkeeper
Box 321
Lenoxdale, Massachusetts 01242
413-243-3353
http://www.housatonic-river.com/

Great Barrington Housatonic River Walk
P.O. Box 1018
Great Barrington, MA 01230
413-528-3391
river@gbriverwalk.org
http://www.gbriverwalk.org
 

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Deerfield River Watershed

Deerfield River Watershed Association
15 Bank Row, Suite A
Greenfield, MA 01301
draw@deerfieldriver.org
Deerfield River Watershed Association

Friends of the Green River 
Friends of the Green River

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Westfield River Watershed

Westfield River Watershed Association
PO Box 1764
Westfield, MA 01085
(413)532-7290
Westfield River Watershed Association
 

Westfield River Wild and Scenic Committee
P.O. Box 397
Huntington, MA 01050
Carrie Banks
413-268-3129

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Farmington River Watershed

Farmington River Watershed Association
749 Hopmeadow St.
Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 658-4442
efielding@frwa.org
Farmington River Watershed Association

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Connecticut River Watershed

Connecticut River Watershed Council
15 Bank Row
Greenfield, MA 01301
(413) 772-2020
crwc@ctriver.org
http://www.ctriver.org

Nuestras Raices
329 Main St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
413-535-1789
hcolon@nuestras-raices.org
http://www.nuestras-raices.org/

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Millers River Watershed

Millers River Watershed Council
100 Main Street
Athol, MA 01331
978-248-9491
http://millerswatershed.org/

Athol Bird and Nature Club/Millers River Environmental Center
100 Main Street
Athol, MA 01331
978-248-9491
http://www.millersriver.net/

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Chicopee River Watershed

Chicopee River Watershed Council (inactive)

http://www.chicopeewatershed.org/

 

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Quinebaug River Watershed

The Last Green Valley (formerly the Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor, Inc.)
P.O. Box 29, 111 Main Street
Danielson, CT 06239

860-774-3300
mail@tlgv.org
http://www.tlgv.org

French River Watershed

French River Connection
P. O. Box 45
Webster, MA 01570
contact@frenchriverconnection.org
http://www.frenchriverconnection.org
http://frenchriverconnection.blogspot.com

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Nashua River Watershed

Nashua River Watershed Association
592 Main St.
Groton, MA 01450
978-448-0299

nrwa@nashuariverwatershed.org
Nashua River Watershed Association

 

Fitchburg Greenway Committee

jmorrison@northcountylandtrust.org

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Blackstone River Watershed

Blackstone River Watershed Association
271 Oak St.
Uxbridge, MA 01569
(508) 278-5200,
info@thebrwa.org
Blackstone River Watershed Association

Blackstone River Watershed Council
P.O. Box 8068
Cumberland, RI  02864
(401) 334-5003
webmaster@blackstoneriver.org
http://www.blackstoneriver.org

 

Blackstone Headwaters Coalition
P.O. Box 70688
Quinsig Village
Worcester, MA 01607
peter.coffin@zaptheblackstone.org
http://www.clarku.edu/bwhc/

Blackstone River Coalition
PO Box 70477
Worcester, MA 01607

info@zaptheblackstone.org
http://www.zaptheblackstone.org

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Merrimack River Watershed

Merrimack River Watershed Council
60 Island Street, Suite 211 East
Lawrence, MA 01840
978-655-4742
cshumway@merrimack.org
Merrimack River Watershed Council 

Powow River Watershed Association
 

Groundwork Lawrence
60 Island Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
978-974-0770
http://www.groundworklawrence.org

Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust
P.O. Box 7162
Lowell, MA 01852
978-934-0030
http://www.lowelllandtrust.org

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Sudbury, Assabet and Concord River Watershed

Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Council
617-223-5225
http://www.sudbury-assabet-concord.org/

OARS, Inc.
23 Bradford Street
Concord, MA 01742
(978)369-3956

office@oars3rivers.org
http://www.oars3rivers.org/
 

SuAsCo Watershed Community Council
118 Great Rd., Suite 200
Stow, MA 01775

978-461-0735
info@suasco.org
http://www.suasco.org


Sudbury Valley Trustees
18 Walbach Road
Sudbury, MA 01776

978-443-5588

svt@svtweb.org
Sudbury Valley Trustees

Hop Brook Protection Association
rkriggert@verizon.net
http://www.hopbrook.org/index.htm

Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust
P.O. Box 7162
Lowell, MA 01852
978-934-0030
http://www.lowelllandtrust.org

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Shawsheen River Watershed 

Shawsheen River Watershed Association
PO Box 1113
Andover, MA 01810
ShawsheenRiver@comcast.net
Shawsheen River Watershed Association

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Parker River Watershed

Parker River Clean Water Association
P.O. Box 798
Byfield, MA 01922
(978)948-2341

Parker.river@verizon.net
Parker River Home Page

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Ipswich River Watershed

Ipswich River Watershed Association
PO Box 576
143 County Road,
Ipswich, MA
01938


978-412-8200
irwainfo@ipswichriver.org
Ipswich River Watershed Association

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North Coastal Watershed

Saugus River Watershed Council
P.O. Box 1092
Saugus, MA 01906

781-233-5046
srw@shore.net
Saugus River Watershed Council


Salem Sound Coastwatch
201 Washington St. Suite 9
Salem, MA 01970,
(978) 741-7900,

info@salemsound.org
Salem Sound Coastwatch

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Mystic River Watershed

Mystic River Watershed Association

20 Academy St. Suite 306
Arlington, MA 02476
(781) 316-3438 
contact@mysticriver.org
Mystic River Watershed Association

Friends of Alewife Reservation
186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Suite 304
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-661-1730
http://www.friendsofalewifereservation.org

Friends of the Mystic River
P.O.Box 560083
W. Medford, MA 02156-0083
mystic02155@hotmail.com
http://home.comcast.net/~fomr/

Groundwork Somerville
24 Park Street #7
Somerville, MA 02143
617-628-9988
admin@groundworksomerville.org
http://www.groundworksomerville.org/home1.htm

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Neponset River Watershed

Neponset River Watershed Association
2173 Washington St.
Canton, MA 02021
781-575-0354

staff@neponset.org
Neponset River Watershed Association
 

Quincy Environmental Network
PO Box 690184
Quincy, MA 02269

admin@QENet.org
Quincy Environmental Network

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Weymouth & Weir

Fore River Watershed Association

http://www.neighborhoodlink.com/Fore_River_Watershed_Association

Weir River Watershed Association
P.O. Box 1112
Weir River Estuary Center
333 George Washington Blvd
Hull, MA 02045

wrwa@weirriver.org
Weir River Watershed Association

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Charles River Watershed

Charles River Watershed Association
190 Park Road
Weston, MA 02493
781-788-0007

Charles@crwa.org
Charles River Watershed Association

Charles River Conservancy
4 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-608-1410

crc@thecharles.org
http://www.charlesriverconservancy.org/

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South Coastal Watershed

North & South Rivers

North & South Rivers Watershed Association

P.O. Box 43
214 South Street
Norwell, MA 02061

781-659-8168
North & South Rivers Watershed Association

First Herring Brook Watershed Initiative
150 Old Oaken Bucket Road
Scituate, MA 02066
LnKrs@comcast.net


South Coastal Shore

Jones River Watershed Association
55 Landing Road
Kingston, MA 02364 
Phone: 781.582.2500
http://www.jonesriver.org/

 

Eel River Watershed Association 
128 Sandwich Road
Plymouth, MA  02360
508-747-0493

info@eelriverwatershed.org
http://www.eelriver.org/index.php

 

Pembroke Watershed Association
P.O. Box 368
Pembroke, MA 02359
http://www.pembrokewatershed.com/default.html

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Cape Cod Watershed

Cape Cod Commission 
3225 Main St.
P.O. Box 226
Barnstable, MA 02630-0226
508-362-3828

frontdesk@capecodcommission.org 
Cape Cod Commission

Association for the Preservation of Cape Cod
The Barnstable House
3010 Main Street
P.O. Box 398
Barnstable, MA 02630
Phone 508-362-4226
info@apcc.org 
http://www.apcc.org

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Islands Watershed

Cape Cod Commission 

3225 Main St.
P.O. Box 226
Barnstable, MA 02630-0226
508-362-3828
Cape Cod Commission

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Buzzards Bay Watershed

The Coalition for Buzzards Bay
114 Front Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
508-999-6363

info@savebuzzardsbay.org
http://www.savebuzzardsbay.org

 

Westport River Watershed Alliance
1151 Main Rd.
Westport, MA 02790
Westport River Watershed Alliance

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Taunton River Watershed

Taunton River Watershed Alliance
P.O. Box 1116
Taunton, MA 02780
508-828-1101
director@savethetaunton.org
www.savethetaunton.org

Taunton River Wild and Scenic Stewardship Committee
88 Broadway
Taunton, MA 02780

508-824-1367 x 315
bnap@srpedd.org
http://www.tauntonriver.org

 

Green Futures
PO Box 144
Fall River, MA
info@greenfutures.org
http://www.greenfutures.org


The Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts
P.O. Box 2282
165 West Street
Duxbury, MA 02331
781-394-9018
info@wildlandstrust.org
http://www.wildlandstrust.org

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Narragansett Bay & Mt. Hope Bay Shore Watershed

Palmer River Watershed Alliance (inactive)

Pokanoket Watershed Alliance (inactive)

 

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Ten Mile River Watershed

Ten Mile River Watershed Council 
info@tenmileriver.net
Ten Mile River Watershed Council

Ten Mile River Watershed Alliance
P.O. Box 823
Attleboro, MA 02705