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Wondering What's Up in the Watershed?


Check out the most recent issue of the
WRWA Newsletter (June, 2016) [pdf]!

Upcoming Events

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)

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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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".

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.

Water Quality Data
Site Locator Map



There are two ways to look at this map:
  1. Within this webpage (click on the map above)
  2. Click on this link for a bigger map on a new page
If you visit the larger map, the legend may or may not be visible. To see the map legend click on the Legend button in the upper left hand corner. Legend explanation. The colored dots (not stickpins) along the river are the sites where WRWA collected samples. By clicking on a dot you will see the latitude, longitude and sample name designation. Water quality data is presented in this order: Temp, Dissolved Oxygen, pH, Total Dissolved Solids, E. coli, Na (sodium), K (potassium), Ca (calcium), the date of sample collection, volumetric flowrate. Not all data will show at once; to see more, use the scrollbar (small map) or arrow in the upper right of the window (large map).
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

Stormwater Management and
Storm Drain Labeling



Wondering what those labels on the curb are all about? (We've placed nearly 5000 of them in Westfield, Russell, Huntington, Chester, Worthington and Southwick 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)


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