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WRWA Events

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 (2017)

Sat, Mar 25 - Annual River Symposium
Sat, Apr 22 - Spring River Clean-Up
Thu, May 18 - Annual Meeting
Sun, May 21 - Fish Ladder Open House
Sat, Sep 16 - Fly Fishing Clinic

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

Previous Events:

| 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 |
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002

The Ups and Downs of a River:
Floods and Droughts on the Westfield

Save the Date! WRWA's 23rd annual River Symposium will be held in the Scanlon Banquet Hall on the campus of Westfield State University on Saturday, March 25. The theme of this year's program is "Ups and Downs of a River: Floods and Droughts on the Westfield". The keynote speaker will be David Billips (City of Westfield Water Department), and other morning speakers will include Karl Leiker (WSU meteorologist), Nancy Bobskill (Zero Waste), Matt Colemann (US Army Corps of Engineers), and Chris Chamberland (Berkshire Design Group). An afternoon field trip to the Knightville and Littleville Dams rounds out the program. The full schedule will be posted here by early March.

Spring River Cleanup
(in honor of Earth Day)

Save the Date! Our annual spring river cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 22, with work being done in both Westfield and Agawam. We usually meet at 9:00 a.m. at the small parking area on the north side of Meadow St. in Westfield (just east of the south end of the Westfield River bridges), and at Pynchon Point in Agawam. Groups are then assigned to different areas and work til noon or 1 p.m. Details will be posted here as they become available.

WRWA Programs
For Sale/Viewing

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!!

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