| 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
A perfect day for our 30th Annual River Cleanup
Thanks to beautiful weather and strong community support, OARS’ 30th Annual River Cleanup was a huge success! Two hundred amazing volunteers took advantage of low water levels to haul tires, bicycles, TVs, rugs, furniture - even the kitchen sink from the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers.
Central and Northeast Massachusetts are continuing to suffer from a record-setting severe drought. Dry conditions have persisted in New England for 6 months straight; rainfall through November is predicted to be inadequate to end the drought. Our watershed area is within the Extreme Drought designation of the U.S. Drought Monitor. Effective Sept. 1, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton extended the drought Warning—the highest level before an Emergency is declared—to include Central, Northeast and Southeast Massachusetts. All of the state is now under a drought declaration. EEA recommends that cities and towns ban all outdoor water use (excluding agriculture): “Immediate action by the public is necessary to help address the falling reservoir and ground water levels in many areas of the state.”
Please do your part to save water during this drought. Whether you are on a public water supply or have your own well: stop watering and let your lawn fade to brown. It will revive with cooler weather and rainfall.