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Welcome

Contacts

Events

Symposium

Education

Recreation

Newletter

WRWA Archive

salmon

Welcome

Contacts

Events

Symposium

Education

Recreation

Newletter

WRWA Archive

salmon

Welcome

Contacts

Events

Symposium

Education

Recreation

Newletter

WRWA Archive

salmon

Welcome to the Westfield River Watershed
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 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 (American shad, sea lamprey, blueback herring, maybe even an Atlantic salmon if we're very lucky!) from the small observation window. Parking is at the former Southworth Paper Company lot at 150 Front St. in West Springfield. Wear walking shoes; bring sunscreen and drinking water. It's a great experience for all ages - mark your calendars!

Wondering What's Up in the Watershed?

Check out the most recent issue of the
WRWA Newsletter (March, 2015) [pdf]!

Upcoming Events

Sun, Jun 7 - Fish Ladder Open House
Sat, Jun 20 - Canoe and Kayak Cruise
Sat, Jul 11 - 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)

The Westfield River drains the eastern slopes of the Berkshire Hills of southwestern Massachusetts, then joins the Connecticut River in Agawam. WRWA was established in 1953 to protect and improve the natural resources of the Watershed, as well as to expand recreational and other land use opportunities for people's enjoyment and for sound ecology. WRWA is a tax-exempt non-profit organization funded largely by membership dues and some grants. WRWA is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected each spring at the organization's annual meeting. If you share our goals, please join us by volunteering some time or becoming a member!

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Westfield River
Annual Canoe/Kayak Cruise




In conjunction with the Friends of Robinson State Park's "Robinson State Park Day", WRWA is again running a canoe/kayak cruise between downtown Westfield and Robinson State Park on Saturday, June 20. Registration is from 10-11 a.m. at the parking area just east of the Great River Bridges in Westfield (accessible from Meadow St.). Boats will be dropped at the end of Hanover St. and vehicles will be shuttled to Robinson Park prior to the first group's departure around 11:00. Cost is $10 per paddler or $20 per family, which covers insurance, the shuttle, and snacks at the end of the cruise.

Stormwater Management and
Storm Drain Labeling



Wondering what those labels on the curb are all about? (We've placed more than 4000 of them in Westfield, Russell, Huntington, Chester and Worthington over the past five years!) They're a reminder that the storm drain system isn't connected to the wastewater treatment plant - what goes down those storm drains goes straight into our local rivers and ponds (or, in some cases, into the ground). Here are links to a new (2014) informational brochure on stormwater and wastewater management, from the City of Westfield:

Stormwater (English) (Spanish) (Russian) (Nepalese)

Interactive Watershed Map:
Invasive Species Data



View larger invasive species map
View larger stream crossing map

This block will feature watershed research results and is currently under construction.

Westfield River Watershed
Invasive Species Project




Want to help combat the spread of invasive species in your community? WISP is a partnership of environmental organizations and local residents in the Westfield River watershed, promoting cooperative efforts to protect native habitats and manage invasive species through education, early detection, eradication, and management. Is there a special place in your town that is being overrun with invasive plants? Do you want to learn to identify new invasive species that may be coming into the area? Visit the WISP webpage or contact them at wrwisp@gmail.com


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