LOWELL, MA â€“ October 5, 2012 â€“ Congresswoman Niki Tsongas announced today that she will be hosting her Sixth Annual River Day on Saturday, October 13th, in celebration of the rivers that connect the Fifth Congressional District. River Day 2012 will start in Groton, at the Petapawag Boat Launch on Nod Road – about 500 yards from the Nashua River Watershed Association headquarters. About 10 a.m., Congresswoman Tsongas will paddle along the Nashua River and hear from volunteers about the great strides they have made to make this beautiful river cleaner and more accessible.
In April, Tsongas filed legislation that will authorize a study of the Nashua River to ascertain if the river is eligible for the National Wild &Scenic River Designation.
At 10:45 a.m., she will meet at the Nashua River Watershed Association at 592 Main Street, Groton to hear from a range of volunteers about the work they have done on the Nashua River.
The second stop will be at 12:30 p.m. at the Concord River Greenway off of Davidson Street in Lowell where the Congresswoman will join with volunteers from Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, Spindle City Corps and the Compass Program at Lowell High School to hear about their work to clean up Lowellâ€™s rivers and city parks.
The final stop will be at 2:30 p.m. at the entrance to the Bradford Rail Trail in Haverhill located next to the Roma Restaurant at 29 Middlesex Street. Tsongas will meet with the Friends of the Bradford Rail Trail, the Merrimack River Watershed Association and other volunteer organizations who have worked to clean up this area along the Merrimack River.
â€œOur rivers have served us well for centuries, powering the mills of the industrial revolution, sustaining our health by providing clean drinking water, creating tremendous recreational opportunities, and bringing natural beauty to our daily life. River Day is an event I host each year to bring community members together to celebrate the great role our waterways play in connecting and contributing to the Fifth Congressional District,” Tsongas said. “Each of the three River Day stops provide an opportunity to recognize the organizations, volunteers and different levels of government working together to sustain and preserve the integrity of these resources.”