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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

 

meeting2014 Annual Meeting Wednesday November 19th @ 7 PM. MREC, 100 Main St, Athol. Join us as we share 2014 accomplishments, celebrate our volunteers and review continuing efforts. Guest Speaker: Katy Eiseman, Director, Mass. Pipeline Awareness Network (MassPLAN) Topic: Current and future pipeline campaign developments.

Katherine and Sarah Web2imageBugs tell the story!  MacroInvertebrate Sampling. Aquatic Insects are great indicators of stream health. The type and quantity of a given insect 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!

MRWC Opposes THE TGP-NED PIPELINE.
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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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 Collection2014 Adopt a Sample Campaign is on going! MRWC needs support to complete our 2014 bacteria sampling efforts – so consider adopting a sample for a $20 donation or whatever you can.

See details    Or   adopt a site!  We had 11 to cover.

 

MRWC releases 2013 Bacteria Sampling  and Stream Temperature Reports. We are pleased to share our 2013 Bac-T 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 We are also pleased to release the 2013 stream temperature survey for 11 sites. Temperature Report

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MRWC serving the River Community!

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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.