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Wondering What's Up in the Watershed?

Check out the most recent issue of the
WRWA Newsletter (September, 2015) [pdf]!

Upcoming Events

Ongoing - The Watershed Waltz (DVD)
Ongoing - 1955 Flood (DVD)

The Westfield River drains the eastern slopes of the Berkshire Hills of southwestern Massachusetts, then joins the Connecticut River in Agawam. WRWA was established in 1953 to protect and improve the natural resources of the Watershed, as well as to expand recreational and other land use opportunities for people's enjoyment and for sound ecology. WRWA is a tax-exempt non-profit organization funded largely by membership dues and some grants. WRWA is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected each spring at the organization's annual meeting. If you share our goals, please join us by volunteering some time or becoming a member!


Invasives Talk at the
Westfield Athenaeum

Julie Richburg, a regional ecologist for The Trustees of Reservations, spoke on "Invasive Plants in our Gardens: Why should we care and what should we do?" to a highly engaged audience of 25-30 on Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lang Auditorium (downstairs) of the Westfield Athenaeum. She covered some of the common invasive plants we may have growing in our yards, why we don't want them, and how to get rid of them. If you missed the talk, or if you'd like to review some of her suggestions, a pdf version of her PowerPoint slides can be downloaded here.

Stormwater Management and
Storm Drain Labeling

Wondering what those labels on the curb are all about? (We've placed nearly 5000 of them in Westfield, Russell, Huntington, Chester, Worthington and Southwick over the past five years!) They're a reminder that the storm drain system isn't connected to the wastewater treatment plant - what goes down those storm drains goes straight into our local rivers and ponds (or, in some cases, into the ground). Here are links to a new (2014) informational brochure on stormwater and wastewater management, from the City of Westfield:

Stormwater (English) (Spanish) (Russian) (Nepalese)

Interactive Watershed Map:
Invasive Species Data

View larger invasive species map
View larger stream crossing map

This block will feature watershed research results and is currently under construction.

Westfield River Watershed
Invasive Species Project

Want to help combat the spread of invasive species in your community? WISP is a partnership of environmental organizations and local residents in the Westfield River watershed, promoting cooperative efforts to protect native habitats and manage invasive species through education, early detection, eradication, and management. Is there a special place in your town that is being overrun with invasive plants? Do you want to learn to identify new invasive species that may be coming into the area? Visit the WISP webpage or contact them at wrwisp@gmail.com


Please forward any suggestions or corrections to Mike Young at myoung@westfield.ma.edu