The Westfield River’s high-quality coldwater streams support the best representations of fluvial fish communities in Massachusetts and one of the best opportunities for river conservation in Southern New England. With help from you and our watershed neighbors, the Westfield River has become a model for river conservation across the Commonwealth and the country. You and our local communities are vital to the health of the river and its resources. We promote stewardship of the river and its resources in the following ways:
- We sponsor projects for restoration of trails and historic sites along the river, including ongoing trail workdays, restoration of Keystone Arch Bridges, and the “One Step At a Time” project to restore an eroding trail at Glendale Falls.
- We support projects to improve stream habitats such as the Kinne Brook Stream Barrier Removal Project and inventories of invasive and rare plants along the East and West Branches.
- We review projects along the river under “Section 7” of the National Wild & Scenic Rivers Act to be sure they do not harm the values for which a river was designated.
In addition we offer grants, technical assistance, and river project reviews to help landowners, communities and organizations promote river stewardship. Please see Grants & Assistance for details.