The Merrimack River is a site of many firsts. The birthplace of the Coast Guard in Newburyport. The harnessing of hydropower meant that Lowell (circa 1823) and Lawrence (circa 1845) became the largest makers of textiles in the country. Clean drinking water was developed in Lawrence (circa 1890) and one of the first successful labor movements started on the Merrimack in Lawrence (circa 1912).
Join local author-journalist Dyke Hendrickson for a presentation about this important part of the Essex National Heritage Area. In the talk, Hendrickson will explore why this river is getting more polluted, and will discuss plans to make it cleaner, as well as local and state lawmakers who are making progress in passing regulations that will clean the Merrimack.