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


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Stormwater: Then and Now presentation

Tuesday May 26th, Athol Public Library.      6:30 PM        Details




A volunteer samples the Millers River for bacteria by Ivan Ussach

A volunteer samples the Millers River for bacteria

2015 Monitoring needs new volunteers! MRWC needs helping hands on Tuesday AMs for bacteria sampling in Athol, Orange, Baldwinville, Winchendon.

There are also needs for weekly stream temperature sampling at numerous sites. If you want to participate in these projects, email: watershed@millersriver.net


Stormwater/LID Workshop – May 29th, Greenfield  

Pervious pavement at Orange Riverfront Park by Ivan Ussach

Pervious Pavement at Orange Riverfront Park

MRWC is partnering with FRCOG on the first of a series of three free public workshops addressing stormwater management for towns in the Franklin County half of the watershed. The EPA-funded program focuses on using low impact development (LID) techniques to reduce pollution and flooding and recharge groundwater.
To learn more and to reserve your seat, please click here.



2014 Bacteria Report  MRWC has released both the FULL and SUMMARY report for our 2014 Bac-T sampling program. Another good year for our rivers!

 2015 Bac-T sampling needs funding support. Consider Adopt-A-Sample!

2014 Stream Temperature Reports: MRWC volunteers monitored 24 streams for thermometertemperature in 2014 and MRWC operated 18 long term temperature data loggers across the watershed. Our Volunteer Report presents their data and the Logger report present the temperature profiles of the deployed probes. MRWC will be working with scientists to review the data closely.

Bugs tell the story!  MacroInvertebrate Sampling. Aquatic Insects are great indicators of stream health. The type and quantity of a given Katherine and Sarah Web2imageinsect can tell us how healthy a stream, river or brook is. MRWC initiated a new sampling program and visited 3 stream sites this fall. Thanks to our volunteers the pilot year of this effort was a fine success! Report due soon!

MRWC has joined with groups and individuals across the state to oppose the gas pipeline project proposed to be built across MA’s northern tier–including nine watershed towns from Montague to Ashburnham. Why? To learn more click here.

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Become a Blue Trail steward!

Blue Trail happenings: MRWC staff prepares new Blue Trail for Upper Millers and Otter Rivers

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!


TW3bCouncil took action with 2014 Stream Monitoring Programs! 2014 season closes. We Monitored 2 dozen sites for streams temperatures, 9 sites for bacteria, established 2 stream flow monitoring stations, sampled 3 streams for macroinvertebrate populations. We got a lot done thanks to volunteer help on these efforts.

Bottles for Sample Collection2015 Adopt a Sample Campaign BEGINS!

MRWC needs support to move forward on our 2015 bacteria sampling efforts – so consider adopting a sample for a $25 donation or $150 for the season. Details.




MRWC serving the River Community!

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There’s more:

Rain Garden Pocket Guide 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.

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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.