WRWA sponsors or participates in a variety of events during the year. Many of these events offer opportunities for volunteers to get involved with watershed issues. The events listed below are those which are scheduled for the next few months. Details are provided in the boxes to the right and below. Information about events from past years can be accessed by clicking on the year of interest below.
Upcoming Events (2018)
Sat, Mar 24 - 2018 River Symposium
Sat, Apr 21 - Spring River Cleanup
Sun, May 20 - Fish Ladder Open House
Sat, Jun 16 - Westfield River Kayak/Canoe Cruise
Sat, Sep 15 - Fly-Fishing Clinic
Sat, Sep 29 - Source-to-Sea River Cleanup
Ongoing - The Watershed Waltz (DVD)
Ongoing - 1955 Flood (streaming)
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2018 River Symposium
Save the Date! WRWA's 24th annual River Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 24 in the Scanlon Banquet Hall at Westfield State University. The focus this year will be on the 25th anniversary of the designation of portions of the upper Westfield as national "wild and scenic" rivers. Registration will be from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m., followed by the keynote address by Chris Curtis, one of the people who was heavily involved in seeking the wild and scenic designation. The morning will also feature a talk by Carrie Banks (of the Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee) and a panel discussion by several former Wild & Scenic interns. Dave Pierce will be leading a hike to the Keystone Arches during the afternoon. The program for the event can be viewed here.
(for Earth Day)
WRWA will sponsor a spring river clean-up on Saturday, April 21. Please meet no later than 9:00 a.m. at one of our two orientation and site assignment locations: (1) in Westfield, meet at the public parking lot off Meadow Street at the south end of the Great River Bridges, OR (2) in Agawam, meet at Pynchon Point at the South End Bridge Circle on River Road. WRWA will provide gloves and other supplies, but if you've got your own gloves and/or a re-usable water bottle, please bring them. Plan on working til around 1:00 p.m. at either site. For more information, contact Mark Damon (413-977-1577) for the Westfield cleanup, or Sheryl Becker (413-374-1921) for the Agawam cleanup. In the event of seriously bad weather, Sunday, April 22 will be our "rain date".
We're planning to have our annual open house at the West Springfield Fish Ladder on Sunday, May 20 (assuming we can obtain the necessary permissions). The event usually runs from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with WRWA Board Members providing short tours of the facility, which was installed in the 90s to allow fish passage (especially for returning Atlantic Salmon) upstream. Check back here for official details and confirmation that the event will occur.
Our annual kayak/canoe cruise down the Westfield River, from downtown Westfield to Robinson State Park in Agawam is scheduled for Saturday, June 16 in conjunction with Robinson State Park Day. This section of the river is a pleasant, mostly flatwater, paddle of about 6 miles, and has a surprisingly natural feel given that it parallels the busy Rt. 20 corridor for much of the route. Check back here for more details as they become available.
A new version of The Watershed Waltz, a puppet show about healthy watersheds intended for elementary school children, was produced in 2011 and remains available. The original show was developed by Marmelade Productions in 2008, with funding from The Highlands Community Initiative (a project of The Trustees of Reservations) and WRWA, and was performed at many schools throughout the watershed and beyond. Copies of the DVD are available for $15 each (includes shipping and handling) - make your check payable to "Westfield River Watershed Association" and send it along with your request to: WRWA, PO Box 1764, Westfield, MA 01086-1764
Also still available is Five Feet and Rising: The Flood of '55, a 27-minute documentary produced by Jack Hayward of Hayward Communications and co-produced by Mark Saint Jean of Westfield State University in cooperation with WRWA in 2005 on the 50th anniversary of the Westfield River floods of August 1955. The film includes a number of interviews with Westfield residents recalling their experience of this largest recorded flood along the Westfield River. The program can be streamed online at https://vimeo.com/90261638. Enjoy!!