PWC “Party” on Merrimack River Broken Up

On Thursday, July 2, 2020, the Massachusetts Environmental Police conducted an operation in support of the Merrimack River Task Force in response to numerous complaints of illegal partying and personal watercraft (PWC) operation along the shores of the Merrimack River extending from Haverhill to Lowell.

During the operation, which was coordinated both on land and on the water, a large number of vessels, as well as the parking lot at the Methuen Boat Ramp, were inspected for compliance. The operation resulted in two non-custodial arrests, citations in excess of $500 in fines were issued, including the following:

  1. Two trailer plate violations
    2. Lack of a fire extinguisher
    3. Lack of a sound-producing device
    4. 2 counts of negligent operation of a PWC
    5. 1 unregistered trailer
    6. 1 registration numbers violation

Additionally, two vehicles were towed and plates were seized for upcoming criminal cases. Further documented encounters resulted in several marine fisheries and boating-safety violations.

This operation was part of a long-term coordinated plan to ensure the boaters of the area have a safe, enjoyable experience. The Merrimack River Task Force would like to reinforce that there are no locations along the river bank to shore up and have a gathering or party.