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Recreation

Newletter

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Welcome

Contacts

Events

Symposium

Education

Recreation

Newletter

WRWA Archive

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Welcome

Contacts

Events

Symposium

Education

Recreation

Newletter

WRWA Archive

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Welcome to the Westfield River Watershed
Storm Drain Labeling
Saturday, August 9




It's time for storm drain labeling! We've completed labeling in Chester and have started working in the northeastern portion of Westfield. On Saturday, August 9 we'll be replacing missing labels in the downtown Westfield area from 9-12 am. Contact Mike Young (562-8498) to sign up to help - please call before 10 pm if you're phoning.
Wondering What's Up in the Watershed?

Check out the most recent issue of the
WRWA Newsletter (May, 2014) [pdf]!

Upcoming Events

Sat, Aug 9 - Storm Drain Labeling
Sat, Sep 13 - Fly-Fishing Clinic
Sat, Sep 27 - Source to Sea Cleanup
Sat, Oct 4 - Storm Drain Labeling

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

The Westfield River drains the eastern slopes of the Berkshire Hills of southwestern Massachusetts, then joins the Connecticut River in Agawam. WRWA 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!

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Fly-Fishing Clinic
Saturday, Sept 13



In conjunction with the Western Massachusetts Fly Fishing Association, WRWA will host a fly-fishing clinic on Saturday, September 13 at the Rt. 20 turnout in Huntington (just upstream from the Hilltown Community Health Center) More details will be posted here as they become available. Photo credit to http://www.gssafaris.com/!

Source to Sea Cleanup
Saturday, Sept 27



In conjunction with the Connecticut River Watershed Council, WRWA will again host an annual fall cleanup along the Westfield River and tributaries on Saturday, September 27. We'll be meeting at the RiverWalk parking area just off Meadow St. and just east of the Great River Bridges at 9 a.m. - check back here for more details as they become available.

Stormwater Management and
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). Here are links to a new (2014) informational brochure on stormwater and wastewater management, from the City of Westfield:

Stormwater (English) (Spanish) (Russian) (Nepalese)

Over the past several summers WRWA has sponsored storm drain labeling sessions in Westfield, Russell, and Huntington. In 2014 we're planning to continue our efforts to label most of the drains in the more densely populated sections of Westfield, and to expand our efforts to Southwick and Chester. Please join us!
Westfield River Watershed
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 wrwisp@gmail.com


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