Who We Are
The North and South Rivers Watershed Association, Inc. (NSRWA) is not a government entity or private business. We are a local, grassroots, non-profit environmental organization made up of thousands of people just like you.
We are citizens, advocates, friends, family, and neighbors who live on the South Shore of Massachusetts. We are people who care about our local waters and the land around it.
NSRWA’s 1,900+ members are from throughout the South Shore region and beyond.
What Do We Do
Because we believe strength comes with collaboration, we work with our many partners to protect our waters and related natural resources within the North and South Rivers watershed and throughout the South Shore. We strive to act as a catalyst for change on the South Shore by boosting the capacity of grassroots groups, fostering strong networks, and serving as a voice for our rivers.
Our 2020 goals are to double the number of people we educate and engage for healthy rivers. We aspire to:
Educate people about their water– serve as the primary source of watershed information in the region and give every South Shore student at least one first-hand watershed experience.
Engage people with the outdoors – increase the number of individuals and families who get outdoors and enjoy our rivers and watershed—for recreation, to volunteer, to conduct citizen science… to have fun!
Lead by example – inspire a community of water stewards committed to healthy local rivers and a vibrant watershed by leading by example through restoration and protection projects.
Meet the Admin
Samantha Woods has been the Executive Director of the North and South Rivers Watershed Association since 2002. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in coastal and marine science and an undergraduate degree in engineering. Samantha has worked in the environmental field protecting water for over 20 years. Prior to working for the NSRWA, Samantha worked for HorsleyWitten Group on Cape Cod and
... more National Marine Fisheries Service in Washington DC as an MIT Sea Grant Fellow.
Samantha has worked to protect and restore river ecosystems through educating and engaging citizens about watershed-related issues. Samantha works in the South Shore region to raise awareness and affect positive change in environmental decision-making. Dedicated and passionate about the health of our rivers, she also volunteers for the Weir River Watershed Association as board director and founding member. less