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Welcome

Contacts

Events

Symposium

Education

Recreation

Newletter

WRWA Archive

salmon

Welcome

Contacts

Events

Symposium

Education

Recreation

Newletter

WRWA Archive

salmon

Welcome

Contacts

Events

Symposium

Education

Recreation

Newletter

WRWA Archive

salmon

Welcome to the Westfield River Watershed
Earth Day River Cleanups:
Westfield and Agawam



Volunteers in Agawam picked up lots of trash and debris along the Westfield River during our Fall, 2013 cleanup (pictured above). In honor of Earth Day, WRWA is sponsoring spring cleanups in Westfield on Saturday, April 26 (meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Westfield Gas & Electric substation parking lot off Meadow Street (just east of the south end of the Great River Bridges in Westfield) and in Agawam on Sunday, April 27 (meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pynchon Point (River Road, just north of the Rt. 57 bridge over the Connecticut). Wear old clothes (you may get dirty and/or wet!) and bring work gloves if you've got them. We'll be done by around noon.

Wondering What's Up in the Watershed?

Check out the most recent issue of the
WRWA Newsletter (March, 2014) [pdf]!

Upcoming Events

Sat, Apr 26 - Spring River Cleanup (Westfield)
Sun, Apr 27 - Spring River Cleanup (Agawam)
Sat, May 17 - Kayak/Canoe Demo Day
Thu, May 22 - WRWA Annual Meeting
Sun, Jun 1 - Annual Fish Ladder Open House
Sat, Jun 21 - Westfield River Canoe Cruise
Sat, Sep 13 - Fly-Fishing Clinic
Sat, Sep 27 - Source to Sea Cleanup
Sat, Oct 4 - Storm Drain Labeling

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!

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Kayak/Canoe Demo Day 2014:
Saturday, May 17



In conjunction with Wilderness Experiences of Southwick, WRWA will sponsor our fifth annual Demo Day on Saturday, May 17 from 10 AM to 4 PM at Hampton Ponds State Park in Westfield (in the NE section of the city, near the intersection of East Mountain Road and Rt. 202). Admission to the event is $5 per person, or $10 for a family. Attendees will have the chance to paddle more than 80 different kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards and to learn about safe boating. A raffle, featuring a kayak as first prize (and with numerous other prizes) will be held. Rain date is Sunday, May 18.

Fish Ladder Open House
Sunday, June 1



Don't miss this "once-a-year" opportunity to visit the DSI Fish Ladder in West Springfield. The ladder was installed in the mid-1990s to allow fish passage around the first dam on the Westfield River, providing them access to the Westfield and its tributaries as far upstream as Woronoco. WRWA Board members will be at the ladder from 10 AM to 3 PM on Sunday, June 1 to provide tours of the facility, and there's a chance that a returning adult Atlantic Salmon will be available for viewing as well. Parking is at 150 Front St. in West Springfield - look for signs along Rt. 20 directing you to the site). This event is free and open to the public, though donations are always appreciated!

Stormwater Management and
Storm Drain Labeling




Wondering what those labels on the curb are all about? 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 an informational brochure on stormwater management, from the City of Westfield:   Stormwater Info    Household Tips
Over the past several summers WRWA has sponsored storm drain labeling sessions in Westfield, Russell, and Huntington. In 2014 we're planning to continue our efforts to label most of the drains in the more densely populated sections of Westfield, and to expand our efforts to Southwick and Chester. Please join us!
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


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