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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, Aug 13 - Storm Drain Labeling (Westfield)
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

Storm Drain Labeling
in Westfield

We're planning to replace missing labels in downtown Westfield and do the initial labeling of the Gaslight District on Saturday, August 13. The colorful labels (see above) are a reminder to all that the storm drain system drains directly to our streams and rivers, not to a water treatment plant - so only rainwater should be going into the system. Volunteers are needed - we'll meet in the parking lot for Westfield's Town Hall (off Court St.) at 9:00 a.m. Plan on working til noon or 1:00 p.m. - wear older clothes (the adhesive for the labels can be a bit messy) and bring sunscreen and water. Dry streets are needed for this project, so recent or ongoing rain will mean we'll need to reschedule. Contact Mike Young (413-562-8498) with any questions about the activity or our status if the weather seems "iffy".

Fly-Fishing Clinic

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