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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)

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 (streaming)


Previous Events:

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

Annual Meeting
(Members Only)



WRWA's annual meeting, at which we elect the coming year's board of directors, secretary and treasurer, is planned for Thursday, May 19 at the Westfield Athenaeum. The evening will begin with a "social" from 6-6:30 p.m., with the business meeting starting at 6:30. This year we'll be honoring Henry Warchol, longtime board member and member of the Westfield Flood Control Commission, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday!

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 scheduled for Sunday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is near the old Southworth Paper Company building at 150 Front St. in West Springfield. 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!

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 on Saturday, June 18 (yes, it's on Saturday, NOT Sunday). Registration will take place from 10-11 a.m. at the parking area just east of the Great River Bridges in Westfield (access is from Meadow St., just east of the south end of the bridges). After registration, boats will be dropped off at the end of Hanover Street, where there will be a shuttle allowing participants to park their cars at the end of the cruise and be returned to the launch area. The 6-7 mile paddle is mostly flat water, with a couple of quickwater sections and usually takes 3-4 hours to complete. Cost is $10 per paddler or $20 per family to cover insurance and the cost of snacks at the end of the cruise.

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 Programs
For Sale/Viewing

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 is Five Feet and Rising: The Flood of '55, a 27-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. The program can be streamed online at https://vimeo.com/90261638. Enjoy!!

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