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Welcome

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Education

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WRWA Archive

salmon

Welcome

Contacts

Events

Symposium

Education

Recreation

Newletter

WRWA Archive

salmon

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Upcoming Events - 2015

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 on additional events will be posted as information becomes available.


Fish Ladder Open House: This once-a-year opportunity to tour the West Springfield fish ladder will be offered on Sunday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A 10-minute walk brings you to the facility, where WRWA Board members will explain the operation of the ladder and you'll have a chance to look for passing fish (American shad, sea lamprey, blueback herring, maybe even an Atlantic salmon if we're really lucky!) from the small observation window. Parking is in the old Southworth Paper Company lot at 150 Front St. in West Springfield. Wear walking shoes; bring sunscreen and drinking water. This is a great experience for both young and old!

Westfield River Canoe and Kayak Cruise: Our annual boating trip from downtown Westfield to Robinson State Park will be run on Saturday, June 20. Though this 6-7 mile paddle (mostly flat water, but with a couple of quick water sections - and possibly involving a short portage around one or two difficult spots) parallels the busy Rt. 20 corridor, it has a surprisingly natural feel and we've seen lampreys, mergansers, beavers, orioles and bald eagles on some past trips! Registration will take place from 10-11 am at the parking area just east of the Great River Bridges in Westfield (off Meadow St.), after which canoes and kayaks will be dropped off at the end of Hanover St. where there will be a shuttle for participants to spot their cars at Robinson State Park and be returned to the launch area. The first group will launch around 11:00 am. Cost for the cruise is $10 per paddler or $20 per family, and covers insurance and snacks at the end of the cruise.

Storm Drain Labeling: We'll be having the first of several storm labeling days in Southwick on Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to around noon. We'll meet in the parking lot of the shops on the NE corner of the Rt. 10/202 and Rt. 57 intersection near the center of Southwick and will be heading out to work in several different neighborhoods. Wear older clothes (the adhesive can be messy if you're not careful) and bring some drinking water. Dry streets are needed, so recent or ongoing rain will postpone this event to another time. Contact Mike Young (413-562-8498) the evening before (no later than 10 p.m., please) for more information.

Fly Fishing Clinic: In conjunction with the Western MA Fly Fishing Association, WRWA will sponsor a chance to learn fly fishing on Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the turnout off Rt. 20 across from the Hilltown Community Health Center in Huntington.

Source to Sea Cleanup: As part of the Connecticut River Watershed Council's "source to sea" cleanup, we'll be working to clean up sites along the Westfield River from Westfield to Agawam (and perhaps further upstream) on Saturday, September 26. Details will be posted here as they become available.




The Watershed Waltz:

The Watershed Waltz - Own the DVD!:
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A new version of The Watershed Waltz, a puppet show about healthy watersheds intended for elementary school children, was produced in 2011 and is now 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 has been performed at many elementary schools in the watershed. Copies of the DVD are available for $15 each (including shipping and handling). Make your check payable to "Westfield River Watershed Association" and send it to WRWA, PO Box 1764, Westfield, MA 01086-1764.

1955 Flood Documentary DVD: Copies of the DVD Five Feet and Rising: The Flood of '55 are still available through WRWA. This 28-minute documentary, produced by Jack Hayward of Hayward Communications and co-produced by Mark Saint Jean of Westfield State College in cooperation with WRWA, recounts the devastating Westfield River floods of August 1955. The film includes a number of interviews with Westfield residents recalling their experiences of the 1955 event - the largest recorded flood in Westfield's history. A copy of the video can be obtained by sending a check for $10 (includes shipping and handling) made out to "WRWA" to Mike Young at 721 West Rd, Westfield, MA 01085.

 
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