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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
Spring River Cleanups
(for Earth Day!)



In honor of Earth Day, please join us to help clean up the river and its banks on Saturday, April 25 in both Westfield and Agawam! As in previous years, the Westfield group will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the municipal parking lot on Meadow Street (just east of the Great River Bridges), while the Agawam crew will meet at Pynchon Point, at the mouth of the river. Be prepared to get dirty and wet. We'll provide trash bags and gloves (but, bring your own gloves if you've got some). Contact Mark Damon (413-977-1577) for more information on the Westfield event, or Sheryl Becker (413-374-1921) for more information on the Agawam event.

Wondering What's Up in the Watershed?

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

Upcoming Events

Sat, Apr 11 - 2015 Westfield River Symposium
                      (tentative program)
Sat, Apr 25 - Spring River Cleanups
Tues, May 19 - Annual Meeting
Sun, Jun 7 - Fish Ladder Open House
Sat, Jun 20 - Canoe and Kayak Cruise
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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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 tentatively 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 from the small observation window. It's a great experience for all ages - mark your calendars! More details will be posted here as they become available.

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)

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

How to Dispose of
Expired/Unwanted Medications



Don't flush old medications or just throw them in the trash - they'll eventually work their way into streams or the groundwater system, where they can affect fish and other aquatic wildlife and might even show up in public water supplies! Instead, take your expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications to the Westfield Police Department's MedReturn box located in their lobby at 15 Washington Street (open 24/7!). Acceptable items include pills, patches, ointments, vitamins, samples and pet medications, but they can't take needles, lotions, liquids, aerosol cans, inhalers, hydrogen peroxide or thermometers. Photo credit to http://gtpolice.com/!


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