NRWA offers training for water monitoring volunteers
The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) will launch its 27th season of water monitoring. Monitoring will start Saturday, April 20, and continue on each third Saturday of the month through October at approximately 35 sites on rivers and streams throughout the watershed. Water samples taken in the field are delivered to labs in Pepperell or Devens for testing by NRWA staff and lab volunteers.
The NRWA will hold an orientation and training session Wednesday, April 3, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the NRWA Resource Center, 592 Main Street in Groton for those interested in learning about water monitoring and volunteer opportunities. Volunteers may be asked to join an existing team or be a backup when monitors are not available.
Preregistration is strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. To preregister, or for more information, send email to KathrynN@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.
To celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones and to encourage urgently needed blood donations, HBO, and the Red Cross have partnered to ask fans and blood donors to “Bleed #ForTheThrone.” Those who donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through March 17 will be entered for a chance to win one of five trips to the season 8 world premiere of “Game of Thrones,” including travel for two, two nights’ hotel accommodations, and a $250 gift card for expenses. Terms and conditions are available at RedCrossBlood.org/HBOGameofThrones. Individuals of all blood types, especially type O, are asked to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by calling 1-800-733-2767. Or download the free blood donor app at RedCrossBlood.org.
2020 transportation plan seeks input
The Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) is starting the public outreach process for its 2020 Regional Transportation Plan. Visit mrpc.org/montachusett_2020_rtp for more information on how you can get involved or provide feedback. The plan deals with transportation-related issues including
- Local mobility such as senior shuttles or shuttles to mass transit stations
- Park and Ride lots
- Sidewalks, bikeways, and trails
- Dangerous roads or intersections
- Bridge maintenance
MRPC has opened a survey asking for public feedback. It has also created a series of comment apps where you can navigate a map and place a comment on the map where an issue of interest is located. Go to bit.ly/2UdhA4H to access the survey and apps.
To discuss transportation planning with the Harvard community and economic director, contact Chris Ryan at email@example.com or 978-456-4100 x323.
Drivers warned to proceed with caution on ‘Big Night’
If you’re out on wet backroads this Friday night, proceed with curiosity—and caution. The weather is predicted to be rainy and warm, prompting multitudes of amphibians, among them spotted salamanders, to leave their winter hibernation and travel to breed at the vernal pools of their birth. Their annual journey often crosses roadways, where the 6- to 9-inch, slow-moving salamanders are easy victims to unaware motorists.
“Big Night,” as this migration is often called, is a great time to witness the congregation of thousands of salamanders, wood frogs, and spring peepers at vernal pools where they go to breed and develop.
Drivers may choose to avoid vulnerable areas this Friday night and use caution when traveling at night for up to two weeks following Big Night. Harvard roads where the annual migration has often been sighted include Littleton County Road near the intersection with Cleaves Hill Road, Littleton Road near Cruft Lane, and East Bare Hill Road near Partridge Hill Road.
Excise taxes due
2019 motor vehicle excise tax bills have been mailed and are due Thursday, March 21. If you did not receive a bill, please contact the tax collector’s office at 978-456-4100. Payments can be made at Town Hall by check or online via Unipay at harvard.ma.us/home/pages/online-payments. Failure to pay an excise tax bill may prevent the registered owner from renewing a driver’s license or registering another vehicle.
Finance Committee has opening
Town Moderator Bill Barton has announced there is an opening on Harvard’s Finance Committee. Anyone interested in serving on that committee may fill out and submit a volunteer form at https://harvard.seamlessdocs.com/f/volunteerform.