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Merrimack River Watershed Council, Inc.

 60 Island Street, Suite 211E
 Lawrence, MA 01840
[P] (978) 655-4742
[F] (978) 655-4743
Rusty Russell
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EIN 04-2633281

LAST UPDATED: 10/18/2016
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

To protect, improve and conserve the Merrimack River watershed for people and wildlife through education, recreation, advocacy and science.

Mission Statement

To protect, improve and conserve the Merrimack River watershed for people and wildlife through education, recreation, advocacy and science.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $268,103.00
Projected Expense $267,717.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Improve Water Quality and Quantity
  • Public Education
  • Recreational program
  • Restore Habitat and Watershed Health

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Mission Statement

To protect, improve and conserve the Merrimack River watershed for people and wildlife through education, recreation, advocacy and science.

Background Statement

The Merrimack River Watershed Council was formed in 1976 by local activists and regional planning commissions to involve citizens in cleaning up the Merrimack River, when the Merrimack was one of the ten most polluted rivers in the country. We became the MRWC, Inc., a non-profit under 501(c)(3) in 1978. We are a member-based organization currently comprising 447 members. The MRWC has a long history of planning and monitoring at a watershed scale, along with water testing and outreach on stormwater and other topics. Our programs protect the river, help residents enjoy life along the river, and help residents learn about the river.
From 2012-2014, the MRWC partnered on two EPA-funded Urban Waters Grants to reduce polluted runoff with the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments and Groundwork Lawrence. We are continuing to make great progress on a 3-year USFS-funded initiative to restore and protect riparian buffers to reduce the negative effects of stormwater on water quality of the Merrimack and its tributaries in both MA and NH, and a MA DCR-funded recreational trails initiative to enhance bird habitat and provide public access on our conservation land in Andover. Over the years, the MRWC has provided watershed environmental education programs for children, families, and adults, with topics ranging from stormwater to water quality monitoring to wildlife. Our current educational focus is on middle-school to high-school youth through our RiverProtector and RiverArts initiative, along with outreach on stormwater and riparian restoration/ protection.
Our office includes staff and volunteers with experience in landscape-scale planning, habitat restoration and protection, climate change, behavioral change, hydrology, GIS mapping, stormwater management, and education. The MRWC’s staff and volunteers work closely with numerous partners, including state and federal agencies, community officials, regional representatives, business leaders, other non-profits and the public. We were awarded Special Congressional Recognition by the US Congress for our work in 2012.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments from the past year include: 

  • Identifying the most important subwatersheds for restoring and protecting riparian buffers in both MA and NH to benefit water quality, climate resiliency, and wildlife habitat;
  • Removing invasive plants and improving bird habitat at our urban bird sanctuary;
  • Completing a NFWF report identifying priority actions for river herring restoration on 6 East Coast rivers, based on local experts;
  • Helping to develop computer models for restoration of fish habitat for select species as head of the Science and Data Committee, Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP);
  • Planning for a comprehensive water strategy for the City of Lawrence as part of the Making a Visible Difference in Communities Initiative; and
  • Educating and engage 92 schoolchildren with talks on the river and its wildlife, hands-on demonstrations, river cleanups, trail-clearing, and invasive plant removals.
Our top three to five goals for the current year include efforts to:
  1. Restore and protect river buffers (USFS and NFWF grants);
  2. Restore MRWC lands for public enjoyment (MA DCR Recreational Trails grant);
  3. Seek funding for watershed-scale integrative planning and develop plans with partners, including a Bistate Regional Watershed Collaborative, Phase II of the Merrimack Conservation Partnership, and the Making a Visible Difference in Communities Initiative in Lawrence ;
  4. Engage youth through Art and Science: River Arts, River Protectors (pending funding through program fees or grant); and
  5. Build organizational capacity: Raise individual and corporate membership by 30%; use opportunity of 40th Anniversary as vehicle for added outreach and visibility. 

Needs Statement

Our most pressing needs are integrative watershed planning and capacity building to ensure the financial and organizational sustainability of the MRWC.

Integrative Watershed Planning: The Merrimack River ranks 1st in the nation for loss of private forested land due to housing pressures, 4th in threats to water quality, and 7th for loss of habitat for species at risk, according to a report by the US Forest Service. Its water is impaired by nutrients and pathogens.  We need to work with our partners to improve water quality and wildlife habitats through integrative planning that incorporates riparian restoration and protection and complementary stormwater management and outreach initiatives. The idea would be to strategically pinpoint the best locations for restoring buffers, protecting lands, and pursuing green infrastructure opportunities with partners. 

Managerial Capacity Building: We are seeking unrestricted and grant funding to keep our GIS manager fully funded, to hire a restoration scientist, and to fund our Director of Development as she works to expand corporate and individual membership.

Financial Capacity Building: We need a permanent Director of Development and additional unrestricted and grant funds to ensure continued longevity of the organization.

Programmatic Capacity Building: It's hard to obtain grant funding for continual water testing; we need unrestricted funds for this effort. Our education programming also needs a long-term funding source. We are working to obtain fees for our education efforts such that the program itself would be sustainable.

CEO Statement

Statement from the Executive Director

For 39 years, with our members and sponsors, we have worked to improve and conserve the Merrimack River and habitat for people and wildlife, helping to make our region a place where more people understand and celebrate the river in their daily lives. The river provides clean drinking water for 600,000 people, and two more cities are projected to use the water over the next decade. The watershed is home to 66 rare/endangered species and supports one of the largest and rare freshwater tidal marshes. The Merrimack is considered one of the top 3 most important large rivers on the East Coast formigratory fish; numerous subwatersheds in the Merrimack have been identified as highest or 2nd highest priority for brook trout.

Our work and that of partners has made a difference! Between 1965 and 2015, water quality has improved from Class D to Class B waters, suitable for fishing, swimming & boating on most days. As measured in Lowell, MA, biological pathogens have been drastically reduced by 98%, phosphorus has been reduced by 76% , and nitrogen has been reduced by 38%. The improvement in water quality has helped restore wildlife abundance within the Merrimack watershed. Fish populations (Atlantic Salmon, River Herring) have increased with improved water quality. Bald Eagle populations have increased 450% over the past 20 years.

But there is much more to do. The watershed remains the second greatest source of phosphorus and nitrogen to the Gulf of Maine. The abundant New Hampshire forests are currently so threatened by housing pressures that the watershed is ranked the most threatened in the country by the US Forest Service for potential loss of private forests and the associated impacts to water quality. And wetland-associated birds are being lost at an alarming rate.

I am proud to say that the MRWC uses cutting-edge science and hand-on action to improve water quality and wildlife habitat. Our proactive, local community- based efforts prevent the need for costly clean-up programs in cities and towns. Our work involves land protection, restoration, water quality testing, and advocacy.

In the past 3 years, the MRWC has attracted nearly $600,000 of private and Government grants to fund the river improvement programs, but private donations are needed to maintain adequate staff and office space to maintain our efforts. The MRWC currently has nearly 500 active members, over 50 corporate and private sponsors, and over 46 volunteers per year passionately supporting the cause of the River.

Board Chair Statement

The Merrimack River Watershed Council (MRWC) is a nearly 40 year old organization working diligently to protect one of the most precious resources in New Hampshire and Massachusetts: The Merrimack River. The River serves as a drinking water source for many in both states, offers hundreds of miles of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, and is recognized as the most threatened watershed in the United States due to loss of forested land by the US Forest Service. It is those facts that sustain our Board of Directors. We work for the continued protection of the people and wildlife to preserve the River for generations to come.

Scientific research, water quality monitoring, education, advocacy and outreach are the heart of the organization. Within the past few years, MRWC has secured grants with several federal agencies to restore and protect river buffers and improve stormwater management. These scientific efforts create lasting partnerships and provide us with vital scientific data concerning the health of the river and potential areas for restoration. We hope to capitalize on these successes by authoring a regional watershed plan with our partners.

Over the last few years, our dedicated small staff and 45 volunteers have worked hard to bring our organization back to life so we may prosper in the future. Our current issues include:

1. Garner a variety of revenue streams.

2. Establish relationships with sub watershed groups and New Hampshire Local River Advisory Committees.

3. Build sustainability in the Board of Director to prevent high turnover.

4. Operate a program for each aspect of our vision.

5. Create new positions in the organization to rebuild a functioning staff.

Challenge: Garner a variety of revenue streams. The current Board of Directors and Executive Director recognizes that to be a sustainable organization, we cannot be funded solely by grants. We are prioritizing member coordination, our corporate Merrimack Miles program, and public events as potential funding sources.

Challenge: Establish relationships with sub watershed groups and New Hampshire Local Advisory Committees. In the beginning, MRWC was the sole voice of the Merrimack River and operated as an umbrella organization for any other efforts on the River. Today, almost every sub watershed has a semi organized group overseeing operations or efforts for restoration. MRWC is re-establishing itself at the overarching organization that speaks for the River in both states, working with our partners.

Challenge: Build sustainability in the Board of Directors and organization staff to prevent high turnover. Previous board members lacked the time or expertise to fulfill Board duties, and turnover was high. The Board of Directors recently created policies to guide the members and organization on performing the necessary items in a timely, effective manner. We continue to search for individuals with expertise and the time to make a lasting impression for MRWC and the River.

MRWC is on the rise, fulfilling our mission of protecting the river and all its inhabitants, now and for future generations.

Geographic Area Served

We serve the Merrimack River watershed of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. This area is home to 204 urban, suburban, and rural communities and over 2 million people, from Franconia, NH to Newburyport, MA, and includes the environmental justice communities of Lawrence and Lowell, MA.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation & Management
  2. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  3. Education - Adult Education

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Improve Water Quality and Quantity

Water Quality Testing and Modeling: The MRWC monitors the health of the Merrimack River with trend analysis, baseline data and pathogen counts. We also post information for the public online so that they know when it is safe to swim in the river. In addition to volunteers who take water samples, we rely on the public to let us know when there are issues with the river, be it a construction site muddying the waters or a leaky septic tank. This allows us to have an eye on the entire river and react quickly to any events affecting water quality. We also work with numerous partners to effect landscape-scale change. For example, in 2015, we collaborated with the City of Lawrence, Groundwork Lawrence, and the USEPA to develop a Comprehensive Water Strategy for the Society. We also are co-leading an initiative to establish a bi-state regional watershed collaborative.

In 2015 we conducted trend analysis of the river's water quality from 1965 to 2015. 
Between 2013-2014, we completed baseline analyses of the Merrimack River in southern NH, along with the Spicket River, MA with funding from NHCF and the US EPA, respectively.

Reducing polluted Runoff: In addition to water testing, we work to change individual/business behavior on polluted runoff (aka stormwater) through visual messaging and outreach. We also participate in a regional stormwater collaborative. In 2013-2014, we created 19 ads to promote action on stormwater, with 6 ads translated into Spanish and/or Khmer, a How-To-Manual, and information for developers, with the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments, funded by the USEPA. 

Budget  $10,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Water Pollution Control
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

By the end of three months, we should have an improved section on our website to help the public better understand the river's water quality, trends in water quality, and the history of the river's water. Short term achievements also include our rapid response to public calls when they see a problem. For example, we were alerted to a foul smell near the river next to a day care center. We contacted the city and they tracked down a leaking sewage pipe. Our pathogen analysis in Lawrence identified a leaking sewage pipe along the Spicket River. We will also integrate the other sources of data, such as Plymouth State University in New Hampshire to be able to coordinate our efforts.

Program Long-Term Success 

The goal of this program is to ensure a fishable, swimmable Merrimack River for the benefit of people and wildlife and to ensure safe drinking water for the 600,000+ residents who depend on it. To get there, we have developed a 5-year strategic plan to reduce both pathogens and nutrients in the river by 10%. We are also working hard to establish regional watershed planning with our partners. Our water quality data, coupled with that from other organizations, provides a large and continuous dataset that helps us see the overall trends in the health of the Merrimack River and its tributaries. The data lets us identify segments and municipalities where we see the biggest problem. Another measure of long-term success would be increased awareness of polluted runoff, improved measures to manage it throughout the watershed, and increased efforts to reduce impervious surfaces, particularly near water bodies.

Since 1967 the Merrimack River has improved greatly, including: dissolved oxygen improved by 450%, phosphate reduced by 76%, nitrates reduced by 38% and pathogens reduced by 98%. Bald Eagle  pairs increased 400%.
Program Success Monitored By 

We measure success by noting positive trends in the direction of particular water quality variables. For example, the number of days in which particular cities exceeded safe swimming standards due to pathogens has generally reduced. If we had a regular funding source for our water quality monitoring, we would track the levels of phosphorus in the water as well, as too much phosphorus causes excessive algal growth. We can also measure awareness. Once our website water quality pages are completed, we can measure how many hits we have to those pages and if those hits increase over time. We can measure success through surveys to identify how many people know where their drinking water comes from. Through our EPA Urban Waters grant, we know that nearly 50% of the immigrant Latino populations in the region are unaware their drinking water comes from the Merrimack. Finally, we can measure increased awareness by the number of reports from our members alerting us to problems in the watershed.

Examples of Program Success 
In the summer of 2015 we compiled information from various studies to give an accurate representation of the long term river health, showing how far we have come and how much further we have to go. This information is invaluable to promoting public awareness of the Merrimack River and how it affects clean water supplies. As noted, the river's water quality has greatly improved since 1965, with pathogens reduced by 98%, phosphorus reduced by 76%, and nitrates reduced by 38%!
In 2014, we created 19 ads to reduce polluted runoff, with 6 ads translated into Spanish and/or Khmer, with funds from an EPA Urban Waters Grant, and in partnership with the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments. We also created a How-To-Manual and Train-the-Trainer Program on stormwater outreach that should have national reach. Finally, we developed a baseline analysis and recommendations for continued testing on the Spicket River.
In 2013, we identified leaking sewage pipes in Lawrence and Andover, MA.

Public Education

One of our core programs is our effort to educate the public about issues that affect the river and watershed, and why it matters. Educating youth is one of the best ways to ensure continued public action and concern for the river. Accordingly, we have created RiverArts and RiverProtector teams of teenagers - groups that engage on river art and science, respectively. But youth are only half the story. By educating the adult population too, we ensure that the citizens of today and the future will help us to safeguard the river and its watershed.

Topics range from defining what a watershed is to what polluted runoff is and why it matters, to Low Impact Development techniques, to the need for climate adaptation. We have a diverse population in the watershed, including two environmental justice communities. Several different cultures have to be engaged. What impacts one group impacts the rest, and thus, an educational program that reaches as many people as possible is required.

Budget  $10,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

In the short term, we judge success by the number of people that attend our workshops, field trips, or public lectures. For example, over 90 schoolchildren were educated this year, either in the classroom or in the field; over 40 adults attended our annual meeting. Our membership is another good metric. If people are members of a watershed association (ours or other watershed organizations within our larger area) they are taking on the responsibility of protecting the watershed. If we have a dwindling member base, our educational outreach efforts are not working. We are pleased to say that we've increased  our membership over the last several years from 217 to 447!

In addition, the support we have for our scientific and advocacy efforts is another good indicator of how well we are doing in educating the public. How are our stormwater or low impact development recommendations received? Do we get by-in from the municipal governments and the local residents? These responses provide valuable feedback in how our message is received and how effective our educational efforts are.

Program Long-Term Success  The long term success of this program can be seen in the way that the river, and the watershed, is valued in the population that live, work, and play within it. While we would like to see the health of the watershed protected by legislation and local by-laws, our goal is to have an educated population that cares about the sustainability and the health of the river over the long term. People care about the things they understand. By educating both the youth and the adults of the watershed we can lay the groundwork for a population that values and takes pride in the stewardship of the Merrimack River.
Program Success Monitored By 
This program can be monitored by the number of people involved in our efforts. By tracking the numbers of people at our workshops, the number of schools we are invited to give classes to, and the number of students, we can see in real time how our efforts are working, or how a particular educational campaign in being received.
In addition, we can see how our member base is changing. An increase in membership numbers suggest we have had a positive effect on the population. By keeping track, we can build on our successes and redesign what may not work as well.
Examples of Program Success 

In 2015, we educated 92  schoolchildren and 1 River Protector Team with talks on the river and its wildlife, hands-on demonstrations, river cleanups, trail clearings, and invasive plant removals. 

In 2014, we educated 115 schoolchildren and created 5 RiverProtector and RiverArts teams. We engaged 128 community members on stormwater impacts and solutions; created a How-To-Manual and Train the Trainer Manual on stormwater messaging for diverse communities, a guide of LID options for developers, and 19 stormwater ads. In addition, we created messages addressing polluted stormwater runoff in Spanish and Khmer in partnership with local immigrant groups. pasting

In 2013, we educated 176 schoolchildren at 6 different schools via 25 workshops and 2 field trips. We also held 4 public lectures.


Recreational program

Our recreational program encourages our members to enjoy the river through paddling trips offered by us or our partners. We try to offer at least 6 trips per summer. We also sponsor Merrifest, an annual family day that provides music, art, and river information to the public. We would like to create a recreational pocket guide for our members, pending funding. 
Budget  $2,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Boating
Population Served Families Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Offered 10 paddling programs in 2015, either sponsored or co-sponsored by us. Held annual MerriFest fundraiser event to celebrate the river, which 150 people attended, and got 18 people to take part in kayaking at that event.
Program Long-Term Success  We want more people to enjoy the river. We'd like to see a 10% increase in the number of people who participate in our paddling program each year, and a 30% increase in the number of people who attend Merrifest each year.
Program Success Monitored By  Number of participants.
Examples of Program Success 
Our members send us photos of the trip and relay how much they enjoy it.
Merrifest is well attended by families and adults. 

Restore Habitat and Watershed Health

Restore Habitat and Watershed Health

Restore riparian buffers: The MRWC was awarded a 3-year grant from the US Forest Service to protect and restore riparian buffers along some of the most critically threatened stretches of the Merrimack River Watershed. This project includes watershed-scale strategic planning, outreach to municipalities and private landowners, planting of trees and shrubs, and land protection.

Improve habitat: We are restoring three bird habitats and creating a trail on 16 acres we own in Andover, MA through a 1 year MA DCR grant.

Restore fish: Our ED is the lead of the Science and Data Committee for the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership. We are working to identify priority habitats along the east coast.

Advocacy: We are working to stop a proposed natural gas pipeline from crossing the river and impacting citizens' drinking water.

The ultimate goal of this program is to restore habitats and water quality for the benefit of people and wildlife.

Budget  $117,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Watershed Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

Short-term success for the first year of the USFS river buffer project will be measured by completion of the GIS analyses identifying where to work and the number of outreach events we have conducted to date. Short-term success for the trails grant will be measured by trail clearing and the beginning of removal of the invasive species at the site. Short-term success for the fish restoration effort includes completion of our work with the Nature Conservancy and Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership, and identification of funding to pursue a fish passage contest for the Merrimack River. In addition, we will have raised the overall awareness of stormwater strategies such as Low Impact Development.

Program Long-Term Success 

The long-term goal of the USFS river buffers project is to target six subwatersheds in MA and NH where the reforestation of riparian buffers will greatly improve water quality and terrestrial/freshwater species diversity. This project will strategically increase the size, extent, and resilience of riparian buffers on municipal and private lands to benefit water quality and species diversity alike through GIS analysis, outreach, technical assistance, and demonstration projects. Performance measures include: the incorporation of 1500 acres in 30 Forest Stewardship Plans, 300 acres protected and managed, outreach to 40 towns and 60 landowners, 20 buffer demonstration sites, and 2 brownfield demonstration sites. The long-term goal of our bird sanctuary/trails grant is to improve 3 bird habitats and provide a place for public enjoyment on our conservation lands. The long-term goal of our fish restoration effort is to bring back the migratory fish so critical to the river's ecosystem.

Program Success Monitored By 

These are all new projects; all require monitoring of performance and tracking of success. The long-term measures noted above for the USFS river buffer program describes the actual tools that will be used to measure success. Our bird sanctuary/trails grant will be considered successful by monitoring the number of people who use our trail, and by efforts to track the number of birds that use it. Our fish restoration effort will be considered successful if we are able to obtain funding and create a fish passage contest for graduate students that come up with novel designs.

Examples of Program Success  Under the USFS grant, our partnering organization has already protected 168 acres for conservation.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director N/a Currently Being Filled
CEO Term Start Oct 2016
CEO Email
CEO Experience    
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start Apr
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Catherine Arning Nov 2010 Jan 2012
Christine Tabak June 2006 May 2010

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
-- -- --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition U.S. House of Representatives 2012


Affiliation Year
River Network 2015
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


In 2015, we collaborated with the following groups: Nashua River Watershed Association, University of New Hampshire Co-Op Extension, MA DCR, The Nature Conservancy, Atlantic Coast Fish Habitat Partnership, NMCOG, YMCA, Middlesex Community College, Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program, EPA, Souhegan Watershed Association, Groundwork Lawrence, Gulf of Maine Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, MA Rivers Alliance, NH Appalachian Mountain Club, Shawsheen River Watershed Association, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, Rockingham Planning Commission, Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission, Piscataquog Land Conservancy, SPNHF, Hanscom Air Force Base, Merrimack River Alliance, Pew Herring Alliance, Mass Environmental Coalition, Harvard Law School Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic. In 2014, we collaborated with the following groups: City of Lowell, Town of Dracut, Town of Tewksbury, Town of Tyngsborough, Town of Pepperell, Town of Billerica, Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, American Public Works Association, Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, RUMBO, Mill City Grows, Lowell Parks and Conservation Trusts, Town of Chelmsford, Tsongas Industrial History Center, National Park Service, Lowell National Historic Park,

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 46
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 67%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms. Kim Leczynski
Board Chair Company Affiliation Accountant
Board Chair Term Feb 2016 - Feb 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Maurice Balboni Maurice Balboni and Associates Voting
Sarah Boehm Teacher --
Cathy Crumbly Community Volunteer Voting
Kim Goddu Nashua Regional Planning Commission Voting
Frank Lahey Anstiss & Company Voting
Kimberly Leczynski Accountant Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Technology

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $268,103.00
Projected Expense $267,717.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

Audit Documents

2015 Audited Financials

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $166,708 $100,803 $172,227
Total Expenses $174,741 $93,855 $94,960

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $92,174 $28,075 $21,744
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $92,174 $28,075 $21,744
Individual Contributions $58,261 $45,061 $132,716
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,028 $1,641 $1,016
Membership Dues $12,034 $12,333 $13,383
Special Events $2,521 $13,693 --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $690 -- $3,368

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $127,276 $68,680 $52,997
Administration Expense $36,468 $16,610 $39,938
Fundraising Expense $10,997 $8,565 $2,025
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.95 1.07 1.81
Program Expense/Total Expenses 73% 73% 56%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 7% 10% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $669,664 $648,911 $653,953
Current Assets $194,517 $171,586 $172,882
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $45,400 $16,614 $28,604
Total Net Assets $624,264 $632,297 $625,349

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value $125,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 4.28 10.33 6.04

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The goal of the Merrimack River Watershed Council (MRWC) is to ensure a healthy river and watershed for people and wildlife.  From boating to fishing to bird watching, we envision a swimmable, fishable river where the residents take an active role in the protection of the watershed because they value and love a healthy river.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?