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 (November, 2013) [pdf]!
Sat, Apr 5 - 20th River Symposium (program)
Sat, Apr 26 - Spring River Cleanup (Westfield)
Sun, Apr 27 - Spring River Cleanup (Agawam)
Sat, May 17 - Kayak/Canoe Demo Day
Thu, May 22 - WRWA Annual Meeting
Sun, Jun 1 - Annual Fish Ladder Open House
Sat, Jun 21 - Westfield River Canoe Cruise
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)
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org