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

                                           fields flooded
                                           beneath the surface, somewhere,
                                           the river bends                                       christopher herold

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

Volunteers Wanted

CouncilTW3b Gears up for 2014 Stream Monitoring      Sites

We need you! MRWC is gearing up for a broad based monitoring effort in 2014 and volunteer water quality samplers are needed to make it happen. In 2014 MRWC plans to:

o Monitor 15+ streams for weekly temperature readings
o Sample 9-11 sites for bacteria
o Establish 4-6 stream flow monitoring stations
o Sample 2-4 streams for macroinvertebrate populations
o Survey 4-6 streams for continuity & culvert conditions

Quite a goal, but doable with volunteer help and financial support from the watershed community. So contact us to join the effort. Site needs

Bottles for Sample Collection2014 Adopt a Sample Campaign Begins! 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


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.