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Netting micro-biotics in the river

About Us

Overview:

Crossing the Gorge - watercolor by Steve Hamlin

Artists are among the many people drawn to the beauties of the River.
Watercolor by Steve Hamlin, "Crossing the Gorge".

Our mission is...

"...to preserve, protect and enhance the special qualities and outstanding resources of the Westfield River Watershed in concert with local communities."

The Westfield River was first designated a National Wild and Scenic River in 1993.  Over seventy-eight miles of the Westfield River are now officially considered “Wild and Scenic.”  As local community members and river stewards, we work to keep the river clean and sparkling.  We promote respectful enjoyment of the watershed while protecting the river and its fish and wildlife.   

Local citizens and communities are very important to this role.  We work with community members, municipal officials, conservation organizations, and federal and state agencies to: 

  • Maintain clean water and a healthy river corridor
  • Protect native species and improve passage for wildlife and fish
  • Protect and restore historic sites and natural habitats along the river
  • Develop scientific data about stream and wildlife health
  • Promote local involvement and understanding through educational programs about the watershed
  • Bring people together for sound decisionmaking
  • Support watershed communities by providing grants and technical assistance for river protection

Each watershed community has a representative on the Westfield River Wild & Scenic Committee, along with representatives of state and federal agencies and conservation organizations.  Our meetings are open to the public.  You are invited to attend our meetings and to participate in our many programs and activities.  Welcome!