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Coonamessett River Trust

Restoring a River

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Louis C Turner 1934 - 2021

We are sorry to say that Lou Turner a founding member and the first President of the Coonamessett River Trust passed away on December 29, 2021.  Lou was a kind, wonderful and generous person.


Lou cared about helping people less fortunate than himself and the environment. Lou instigated many of the CRT programs.   He was instrumental in organizing the spring herring count on the Coonamessett.  He also started working with the Falmouth schools to host field trips to the river.  He was full of energy, enthusiasm and compassion.  He will be greatly missed. There will be a memorial service in the spring when the herring are running.  A full obituary of Lou’s remarkable life can be found here. If you wish to donate to the CRT in Lou's memory, please email us at

HERRING- a key fish


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The Coonamessett River Trust was formed in May of 2006.  The mission is of the CRT is to promote and preserve the natural heritage and ecological integrity of the Coonamessett River and surrounding lands.  The Trust engages in scientific, educational and recreational activities focused on the Coonamessett River. 

CRT Field Guide – click to download

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CRT brochure – click to download

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Photo Gallery

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Get your copy of this beautiful book, which tells the story of the cultural and natural history of the Coonamessett River Valley through the interpretive panels that will be placed along the Greenway Heritage Trail. Available while it lasts at Eight Cousins Books on Main St. in Falmouth. $40, with profits going to The 300 Committee Land Trust of Falmouth.

This sign shows the incredible support this project has received, through financial contributions, innumerable volunteer hours and donation of services. We are grateful to all of them. Click to enlarge.

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