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.
Peak Expeditions presents at MRWC’s Nov. 7 Annual Meeting
The Millers River Watershed Council had a fine turnout at its Annual Meeting on Thursday November 7th at the Millers River Environmental Center.
The featured presenter was Sean Ashcraft of Peak Expeditions, the outdoor adventure firm that operated the Orange Community Boathouse in 2013. In addition to serving as Peak’s Domestic Operations Director, Ashcraft has lead and co-lead dozens of international adventure trips. He shared highlights of the past year’s adventures at the boathouse, as well as current goings-on and future plans. The Council reported on its various 2013 activities.
MRWC partners with a UMass climate change study to begin a long term stream temperature study. In this era of concern over climate change, MRWC is pleased to announce a new long-term monitoring effort. Digital temperature loggers (provided by UMass) are being installed on tributaries throughout the entire watershed, with a few also planned for the Millers mainstem. We are looking for local residents who can spare some time to keep an eye on the loggers. Volunteers can also assist with data retrieval. Given the importance of water temperature to aquatic life, we expect the long-term data generated to be of significant interest to people in the Millers basin and beyond. Contact us to learn more.
Trib Watch 2013. The new volunteer water quality monitoring program began with a stream temperature study. Next year we hope create a team or two to study Macro-invertebrates (bugs) and begin a stream flow study. All monitoring is geared to help citizens help MRWC track stream health. For 2014, we will Need field Volunteers! and financial Support . If you want to get in or near the water and learn more about our local streams, join the team! Or help in house with the data. Thank You. Look for the temperature study report later in the fall.
2013 Bacteria Sampling Concluded MRWC began sampling June 12th and sampled every other week till 9/4, see results at www.connecticutriver.us under the “is it clean?” tab. The Millers sites run across northern MA. The full 2013 report should be ready by late fall. Support for the 2014 season is welcome and needed. Adopt a Site or Support 2014 program.
Plant Road paddlers access along the Otter River retired for 2013. Volunteers removed the access ShoreMax mats at the Plant Rd put-in along the Otter River Blue Trail. The mats help paddlers put their boats in the water without “sinking” into the mud. Mats will be returned in the spring of 2014.
MRWC is also working on further improvements for access along the Otter River. Let us know if you want to help.
Upper Millers/Otter Trail: are you interested in helping with a new leg of the Blue Trail? A New Blue Trail Map is in the works and we need input from area paddlers and history buffs. Next we will need trail stewards. Join the adventure!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Stream Continuity/Culvert Survey Project: MRWC is partnering with Millers River TU to survey the condition of culverts at stream crossings across the watershed. Failing culverts restrict fish and small wildlife passage and risk road wash-outs. The ongoing survey will identify and help prioritize where improvements are needed. We need volunteers for 1-3 Saturdays this spring/summer/fall and team leaders. Contact email@example.com about this effort.
2012 Bacteria Sampling Report Released MRWC has released the 2012 sampling report for its bacteria monitoring efforts last summer. Both the FULL report and SUMMARY report are available. Adopt a Site or Support 2013 program.
MRWC releases 2005-09 Macro-Invertebrate report. See full report on our Resources page. Aquatic insects are good indicators of water quality.
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.
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
Blue Trail The adventures continued in 2013!
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.