Multiple programs and projects weave together to help protect the Wild & Scenic Westfield River:
- Through Stream Team projects, volunteers get to know the river, meet their neighbors, and have fun, while helping to make the river’s health and enjoyment a community concern.
- Through ongoing monitoring and research programs (many conducted with the help of volunteers) the Committee keeps in touch with river conditions and develops a scientific basis for action steps.
- The Committee undertakes river stewardship projects such as restoring historic structures like the Keystone Arch Bridges, maintaining trails, and restoring stream habitats. These projects, too, often involve volunteers.
- For communities, organizations, and landowners along the river, the Committee offers grants and technical assistance for a wide variety of projects such as culvert replacement to improve fish passage, habitat assessments, control of invasive species, up-front costs for longterm land protection, and reviews (“Section 7 Reviews”) of projects that may impact the river (road and bridge replacements, river restoration, and dam removals, etc.).
- Finally, the Committee offers education and outreach programs, including trail workdays, river cleanups, workshops, school programs, traveling art displays to celebrate the river, and informational kiosks and publications.