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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 listing below includes some specifics for 2017 events.
Trout in the Classroom (TIC): WRWA provided chillers and tanks (and other supplemental equpment) for five local schools (7 tanks) to participate in this program during the Spring of 2017. This year's schools were the North and South Middle Schools (3 tanks altogether) in Westfield, Gateway Regional Middle School in Huntington, Powder Mill Middle School (2 tanks) in Southwick, and the R. H. Conwell Elementary School in Worthington. About 100 brook trout eggs were delivered to each site in January. Students monitored the hatching of the eggs and will feed the young fish until they are stocked in local streams in April or May.
2017 Westfield River Symposium: WRWA's annual river symposium was held on Saturday, March 25 in the Scanlon Banquet Hall on the campus of Westfield State University. Roughly 85 people attended the indoor portion of the day, and a dozen or so visited the Knightville and Littleville Dams on the afternoon field trip. This year's theme was "The Ups and Downs of a River: Floods and Droughts on the Westfield". The keynote address was given by David Billips, head of the City of Westfield's Dept. of Public Works, who spokes on the impacts of recent weather events (2011 tornado, Tropical Storm Irene, and the drought of 2016) on the city's infrastructure. The full program is available here.
Spring River Cleanups: Our annual spring river cleanups were held on Saturday, April 22 in Westfield and on Sunday, April 23 in Agawam. We had great turnouts (roughly 40 volunteers each day!) for each of these Earth Day events and cleaned a number of sites along the Westfield River in the downtown Westfield area and at Pynchon Point and the bike trail running south along the Connecticut River in Agawam. Thanks to Mark Damon (Westfield) and Sheryl Becker (Agawam) for organizing, and to all those who came out to help keep our rivers clean!
Fish Ladder Open House: Our annual open house at the West Springfield Fish Ladder was held on Sunday, May 21 on a partly sunny, cool day. More than 300 people attended this year's event and many got a chance to see shad moving upstream. Thanks to Bill Rose and Phil Sousa for organizing and running the event, and also to Mark Damon, Timblin Judy, Ron Lucassen, and Mike Young for helping out at the fish ladder.