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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 (2015)

Sat, Jul 25 - Water Chestnut Removal
Sat, Aug 22 - Storm Drain Labeling
Sat, Sep 12 - Fly Fishing Clinic
Sat, Sep 26 - Source to Sea Cleanup

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

Water Chestnut Removal
Westfield Conservation Commission

WRWA is helping to support the removal of invasive water chestnut from the Brickyard Ponds (at the corner of Root Rd. and North Rd.) on Saturday, July 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Volunteers will need to be in canoes to hand pull the plants (canoes provided, but bring your own if you've got one) and will need to sign a waiver agreement for this Conservation Commission project. To pre-register, please call 572-6281 or email Karen Leigh of the Westfield Conservation Commission.

Storm Drain Labeling
in Southwick

With the help of nearly a dozen volunteers we've labeled more than 400 storm drains in Southwick so far this summer - but, there's more to do! To volunteer your help, meet at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 22 in the parking lot of the Gristmill shopping plaza on the NE corner of the Rt. 10/202 and Rt. 57 intersection. Wear older clothes (the adhesive can be messy) and bring sunscreen and water. We'll be working in different areas of town til about noon. The streets must be dry for the adhesive to work, so recent or ongoing rain will postpone. Contact Mike Young at 413-562-8498 before 10 on the evening before for more information.

Fly-Fishing Clinic
in Huntington

In conjunction with the Western Mass Fly-Fishing Association, WRWA will sponsor an opportunity 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. Check back here for more details as they become available, or contact Bill Rose (786-0195) for more information.

Source to Sea Cleanup
Westfield and Agawam

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. Check back for more information as it becomes available.

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