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Welcome

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Education

Recreation

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WRWA Archive

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Welcome

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Events

Symposium

Education

Recreation

Newletter

WRWA Archive

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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.


2015 Westfield River Symposium: WRWA's annual river symposium will be held on Saturday, April 11 in the Scanlon Banquet Hall on the campus of Westfield State University. This year's theme is "Outdoor Fun in Your Watershed", with a variety of speakers and exhibitors in the morning and a couple of field trips in the afternoon (weather permitting). The keynote address will be given by Joe Giffune, President of the Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail, who will talk about the history and future of that new addition to local recreational opportunities. The tentative full program is available here.

Spring River Cleanup: The annual spring cleanup event will be held on Saturday, April 25 in both Westfield and Agawam. Come out to help us clean accumulated trash and debris from the riverbanks at several sites that will be chosen based on spring surveys. A good way to celebrate Earth Day! Details will be provided here as they become available.

Annual Meeting: WRWA's annual meeting (open only to members), at which the Board for 2015-2016 will be elected, along with the Secretary and Treasurer, will be held on Wednesday, May 20 at a time and location yet to be determined. Check back here for more details as they become 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 from the small observation window. 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 Sunday, June 20. Though the route parallels the busy Rt. 20 corridor, it has a surprisingly natural feel and we've seen lampreys, orioles and bald eagles on some past trips! Details will be posted here as they become available, but save the date!

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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