To maintain the Merrimack River (West Newbury portion) in as clean and safe condition as possible, through the use of the town's pump-out boat for watercraft's sanitary systems, preventing pollution, and by periodic patrol of the river to assure safety of boaters, and others using the river.
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs issued the following guidelines for boating and various other marine and inland waterway related activities during the duration of Governor Baker’s stay-at-home advisory and essential services order:
The safe operation of recreational boats is permitted under the following guidelines:
- Only persons from the same household should be together on a boat at one time.
- No gathering or groups of persons from multiple households will be permitted on boat ramps, docks, piers etc., and all users shall practice strict social distancing.
- All recreational crafts shall remain a safe distance apart. Tying boats or other crafts together is prohibited.
- All recreational boating is subject to the discretion of local officials, harbormasters, and law enforcement.
- All local rules, regulations, laws and Coast Guard requirements still apply.
The following guidelines for boating and various other marine and inland waterway related activities supersede and replace guidelines issued by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on April 27, 2020. These guidelines remain in effect until rescinded.
The complete guidelines can be found online here: