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Millers River Watershed CouncilWelcome to the Millers River Watershed Council!

MRWC has the goal of helping people discover what makes the Millers River and its tributaries a natural treasure, one you can enjoy and help protect. MRWC welcomes your input.river swish

MRWC Haiku of the week

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cool current knee high
mottled sunlight

 MRWC welcomes river/watershed themed haikus for our home page. Submit

Cummings paddle stop upstrm2Blue Trail happenings: MRWC staff prepares access spots on Upper Otter River Blue Trail.

The draft map for the Upper Millers/Otter River Blue Trail is available for review as we seek input to refine our second Blue Trail. MRWC is working with the Birch Hill Dam staff on a new access launch there and the Town of Winchendon has improved the launch on River St. The City of Gardner also is assisting with access off Airport Rd for the ORBT. Go Blue Trail!

We hope to hold a few introductory paddles and field service days to further prepare this new blue trail.

 

TW3bCouncil Gears in action with 2014 Stream Monitoring Programs! We have begun: Monitoring 2 dozen sites for streams temperatures,  and 9 sites for bacteria. Next we plan to: establish 2-4 stream flow monitoring stations, sample 2-4 streams for macroinvertebrate populations, and survey 4-6 streams for continuity & culvert conditions. Still alot to do, but doable with volunteer help and financial support from the watershed community. contact us to join the next phase of effort.

Bottles for Sample Collection2014 Adopt a Sample Campaign is on! MRWC needs support for our 2014 bacteria sampling efforts – so consider adopting a sample for a $20 donation or whatever you can.

See details    Or   adopt a site for the season!  We have 11 to cover.

 

MRWC releases 2013 Bacteria Sampling Report. We are pleased to share our 2013 Report with the watershed community. We sampled 10 sites and in general the river continues to present itself as a great place to explore. Summary Report

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MRWC serving the River Community!

2013 Watershed Highlights: IMGP1893

  • MRWC conducts 3rd straight year of volunteer supported bacteria sampling on the river. Report due in March.
  • Millers River Blue Trail clean up day in May.
  • MRWC introduces Trib Watch monitoring program.
  • MRWC begins stream temperature study across the basin.
  • Stream continuity surveys begin: Whetstone “first” stream completed.
  • 2nd annual MRBT solstice paddle a BIG success.
  • Upper Millers/Otter River Blue Trail plans move forward.

2014 Efforts:

  • Launch first phase of upper Millers/Otter Blue Trail  UMO-BT
  • Release upper Millers/Otter Blue Trail map guide
  • 4th Volunteer bacteria sampling season
  • Stormwater Outreach for Franklin County in partnership with FRCOG
  • TW3bExpanded Trib Watch monitoring
    • Additional stream temperature sites
    • Macroinvertebrate sampling
    • Stream flow monitoring
    • Additional stream continuity/culvert surveys
  • Begin work to prepare new Lower Millers River Blue Trail with white water sections along with new river map/guide.

MRWC needs volunteers to help with many of the above projects, please join MRWC in caring for the Millers River and its many tributaries.

MRWC releases 2005-09 Macro-Invertebrate report. See full report on our Resources page. Aquatic insects are good indicators of water quality.

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There’s more:

Rain Garden Pocket Guide now available: published by the Massachusetts Watershed Coalition, this full-color guide is full of photos and illustrations that make building a rain garden simple, fun and affordable.

what is a rain garden?

As a Partner in MWC’s Billion Gallons a Year (BGY) Stormwater Reduction Campaign, MRWC will provide a free copy of the Guide to  watershed residents and businesses, while they last. Please contact MRWC to request a copy of the Guide. A modified pdf version of the Guide is also available for download. Contact us

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Blue Trail The adventures continued in 2014!

Millers River Blue Trail Guide available. MRWC has released the official Millers River Blue Trail guide in (2) versions, a $3 waterproof edition and a complimentary non-waterproof version. A number of local retailers are carrying the waterproof guide while the complimentary copy can be found at the Athol & Orange public libraries.