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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 2018 events.
Teaching with Trout: WRWA provided chillers and tanks (and other supplemental equipment) for four local schools (6 tanks) to participate in this program during the Spring of 2018. This year's schools were the North and South Middle Schools (3 tanks altogether) in Westfield, Gateway Regional Middle School in Huntington, and Powder Mill Middle School (2 tanks) in Southwick. 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 late spring.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival: Along with the Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee, some commercial sponsors, and the Departments of Geography and Regional Planning, and Environmental Science, WRWA co-sponsored the first (annual?) Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Thursday, March 8 in Dever Auditorium at Westfield State University. Thirteen short documentaries were shown, ranging from a fairly local film focused on Wild & Scenic rivers in the Northeast, to stories of the impacts of mining on rivers in Peru and British Columbian, biomimicry, and a celebration of the removal of two major dams on the Elwha River in Washington state. More than 100 people attended the screening, which was introduced by Brian Conz of WRWA and Meredyth Babcock of the Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee.