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April 2, 2013

A river in need of help

Study shows Parker suffering from pollution


Because it is not a regulatory board, PRCWA’s goal is to serve as a watchdog group that informs local health boards about any red flags so they can then implement best practice strategies on their end to address issues with water quality -- such as developing a storm water management plan or educating the public about fertilization and septic issues.

PRCWA also notes that an analysis of 5-year averages of water temperatures indicates a steady increase throughout the watershed --archival information that was recently share with the US Geological Survey.

“Higher than normal stream temperatures can have a devastating impact to the local fish communities that use the Parker River and may be an indication of how climate change is affecting the environment in our area,” explained PRCWA President George Comiskey.

Founded in 1998, the PRCWA is dedicated to “promoting the restoration and protection of the waters and environment of the Parker River and Plum Island Sound watersheds.” The group receives no state funding and relies solely on private donations and on volunteers from the towns in the watershed to collect the monthly water samples. For more information on the PRCWA’s Water Quality report or to learn how to volunteer or make a donation, visit

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