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Welcome

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Welcome

Contacts

Events

Symposium

Education

Recreation

Newletter

WRWA Archive

salmon

Welcome

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Events

Symposium

Education

Recreation

Newletter

WRWA Archive

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Welcome to the Westfield River Watershed
Laura Marx to talk at
Westfield Athenaeum (Jan 28)



In association with The Nature Conservancy, WRWA is sponsoring a public talk by TNC forest ecologist Laura Marx on Wednesday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Westfield Athenaeum. The talk will focus on the "Berkshire Wildlife Linkage: using wildlife tracking cameras to learn where animals are moving and how we can help", an update on the preliminary results that she presented at last year's River Symposium in April. She'll describe the role that the Westfield watershed plays as a critical part of the wildlife corridor between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Hudson Highlands of New York, and will answer questions at the end of this roughly hour-long program. For more information on the project, check TNC's website or contact Laura at lmarx@tnc.org.

Wondering What's Up in the Watershed?

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

Upcoming Events

Wed, Jan 28 - Berkshire Wildlife Linkage talk

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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How to Dispose of
Expired/Unwanted Medications



Don't flush old medications or just throw them in the trash - they'll eventually work their way into streams or the groundwater system, where they can affect fish and other aquatic wildlife and might even show up in public water supplies! Instead, take your expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications to the Westfield Police Department's MedReturn box located in their lobby at 15 Washington Street (open 24/7!). Acceptable items include pills, patches, ointments, vitamins, samples and pet medications, but they can't take needles, lotions, liquids, aerosol cans, inhalers, hydrogen peroxide or thermometers. Photo credit to http://gtpolice.com/!

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

Stormwater Management and
Storm Drain Labeling



Wondering what those labels on the curb are all about? (We've placed more than 4000 of them in Westfield, Russell, Huntington, Chester and Worthington over the past five years!) 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)

 

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