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WRWA Events

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 events listed below are those which are scheduled for the next few months. Details are provided in the boxes to the right and below. Information about events from past years can be accessed by clicking on the year of interest below.

Upcoming Events (2016)

Sat, Apr 2 - River Symposium!!
Sat, Apr 23 - Spring River Clean-Up
Thu, May 19 - WRWA Annual Meeting
Sun, Jun 5 - Fish Ladder Open House
Sat, Jun 18 - Westfield River Canoe Cruise
Sat, Sep 17 - Fly Fishing Clinic
Sat, Sep 24 - Source-to-Sea Clean-Up


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


Previous Events:

| 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 |
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002

22nd Annual
Westfield River Symposium



WRWA's 22nd annual Westfield River Symposium will be held in the Scanlon Banquet Hall on the campus of Westfield State University on the morning of Saturday, April 2. The theme for this year's symposium is Citizen Science and we'll have a variety of speakers talking about different monitoring activities going on in western Massachusetts. More details will be posted here as they become available.

Spring River Clean-Up
(Earth Day)



In honor of Earth Day, WRWA is again planning to host river clean-ups this spring in both Westfield and Agawam on Saturday, April 23. Plan on meeting at 9:00 a.m. and working til about noon. More details will be posted here as they become available.

Annual Meeting
(Members Only)



WRWA's annual meeting, at which we elect the coming year's board of directors, secretary and treasurer, is tentatively planned for Thursday, May 19 at the Westfield Athenaeum. Save the date!

Fish Ladder Open House
(West Springfield)



Our once-a-year opportunity to visit the fish ladder at the old DSI Dam in West Springfield is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A 10-minute walk brings you to the fish ladder, where WRWA Board members will explain the operation of the ladder, and you'll have a chance to look for passing fish from the small observation window. It's a great experience for all ages - mark your calendars! More details will be posted here as they become available.

Canoe Cruise
Westfield to Robinson Park



WRWA will again host a canoe cruise from downtown Westfield to Robsinson State Park in conjunction with Robinson Park Day, this year tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 18. Shuttles will be provided to allow participants to leave their cars at the park prior to the cruise. More details will be posted here as they become available.

Fly-Fishing Clinic
(Huntington)



In conjunction with the Western Massachusetts Fly-Fishing Association, WRWA will sponsor a fly-fishing clinic at the turnout across from the Hilltown Community Health Center in Huntington on Saturday, September 17. Check back for more details as they become available.

WRWA DVDs
For Sale

A new version of The Watershed Waltz, a puppet show about healthy watersheds intended for elementary school children, was produced in 2011 and remains available. The original show was developed by Marmelade Productions in 2008, with funding from The Highlands Community Initiative (a project of The Trustees of Reservations) and WRWA, and was performed at many schools throughout the watershed and beyond. Copies of the DVD are available for $15 each (includes shipping and handling) - make your check payable to "Westfield River Watershed Association" and send it along with your request to: WRWA, PO Box 1764, Westfield, MA 01086-1764

Also still available are a few copies of Five Feet and Rising: The Flood of '55, a 28-minute documentary produced by Jack Hayward of Hayward Communications and co-produced by Mark Saint Jean of Westfield State University in cooperation with WRWA in 2005 on the 50th anniversary of the Westfield River floods of August 1955. The film includes a number of interviews with Westfield residents recalling their experience of this largest recorded flood along the Westfield River. Copies of the DVD are available for $10 each (includes shipping and handling) - make your check payable to "Westfield River Watershed Association" and send it along with your request to: WRWA, PO Box 1764, Westfield, MA 01086-1764.

Please forward any suggestions or corrections to Mike Young at myoung@westfield.ma.edu