The Westfield River drains the eastern slopes of the Berkshire Hills of southwestern Massachusetts, then joins the Connecticut River in Agawam. The Westfield River Watershed Association 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!
Wondering What's Up in the Watershed?
Check out the most recent issue of the
WRWA Newsletter (April, 2013) [pdf]!
Sun, Jun 2 - Fish Ladder Open House
Sat, Jun 15 - Westfield River Canoe Cruise
Sat, Jun 22 - Storm Drain Labeling
Sat, Sep 14 - Kayak/Canoe Race
Sat, Sep 21 - Fly-Fishing Clinic
Ongoing - The Watershed Waltz (DVD)
Ongoing - 1955 Flood (DVD)
Our annual open house at the fish ladder in West Springfield will be held on Sunday, June 2 from 10 AM to 3 PM. This once-a-year opportunity offers the public a chance to see migrating fish pass the viewing window, learn about the operation of the fish ladder, and maybe see an adult Atlantic Salmon (if one's been recently trapped). Parking is at 150 Front St. in West Springfield watch for signs directing you to the site from Rt. 20. This event is free and open to all, though there's a roughly half-mile walk along a dirt road from the parking area to the actual site.
and Robinson State Park Day
Join us for our annual flatwater (mostly) paddle along the Westfield River from downtown Westfield to Robinson State Park in Agawam on Saturday, June 15. Registration will take place from 10-11 AM at the parking area just east of the Great River Bridges (Rts. 10/202) in Westfield. Given that it parallels the busy Rt. 20 corridor, this section of the river is very scenic and more "natural" than you'd expect! The cost is $10 per person or $25 per family, which covers insurance, shuttle expenses and light snacks at Robinson Park. You'll have the opportunity to enjoy some of the events scheduled by the Friends of Robinson State Park for their annual Robinson Park Day at the end of the paddle.
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 email@example.com
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). The City of Westfield has published an informational brochure on stormwater management, which you can review at the links below:
Over the past several summers WRWA has been sponsoring storm drain labeling sessions, with the goal of labeling all the drains in the most densely populated portions of the city. In the summer of 2013 we're planning to expand our efforts to Southwick and Russell. Those opportunities will be posted in the Upcoming Events section of the page as they're scheduled. Please join us!