Fun Fall Kayak/Canoe Trip

The Fall TRWA kayak and canoe trip was a great day on the river for twenty TRWA members and friends. Everyone who participated had a great time and expressed an interest in our trips next year. We typically sponsor an overnight trip the second Saturday and Sunday, in June the weekend before Father’s Day (participants can do either or both days, camping out is optional). We also do a Fall trip usually the Sunday after Columbus Day. Mark your calendars for next year and keep an eye out for our confirmatory announcements!

Fall Foliage Canoe/Kayak Trip

Sunday, October 15, 2017

You’re invited to join the Taunton River Watershed Alliance (TRWA) for a canoe/kayak trip on the Taunton River to enjoy the peak fall foliage. The date is Sunday, October 15. The trip will begin at 10 a.m. at the South Street East river crossing on the Raynham/East Taunton line (check-in at 9:30). It will end approximately four hours later (2 p.m.) at Weir Riverfront Park on East Water Street in Taunton. Click here for registration information.

Stream Continuity Assessment Available

In June 2017, Mass Audubon and the Taunton River Watershed Alliance released Stream Continuity Assessment in the Taunton Watershed a report detailing the findings of more than 500 stream crossing assessments in the Taunton River watershed.  The River and Stream Continuity Project was a joint effort of the University of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, the Nature Conservancy and American Rivers.  The Project developed a system to assess stream crossings and determine the extent to which each one created a barrier to aquatic passage and natural water flow. The database generated an “Aquatic Score” that represented the degree to which that crossing creates a barrier. Crossings were ranked as “severe,” “significant,” “moderate,” “minor” or “insignificant” barriers to passage. The report with its three Appendices are available on the Mass Audubon website.

Angler Education Day

On July 16th, TRWA, the Mass Wildlife Angler Education Program, and the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation teamed up to create a day of local cultural and natural history. Dozens of Dighton Rock State Park visitors learned about Taunton River biodiversity, explored the Dighton Rock Museum, and got a fishing lesson (and loaner tackle if needed) while enjoying a beautiful day along the river.

Bring the whole family to fish at our annual Angler Education Day, Sunday, July 16th

Please join us for the TRWA & Friends of Dighton Rock State Park’s 4th Annual Angler Education Day

A free family fishing event at Dighton Rock State Park, Berkley
Sunday, July 16, noon to 3 p.m.

 
 

Activities will include:

  • Instruction in fishing techniques with staff from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife;
  • Seining the river with leaders of TRWA to catch and identify some of the aquatic creatures who live there;
  • More learning about fish species with coloring books.

This event is free of charge and everyone is welcome.  Bring a bag lunch. Beverages will be provided, as well as all fishing gear.

Dighton Rock State Park is located on Bay View Avenue in Berkley.  The Museum will be open to visitors, where you can view the glacial erratic boulder with its mysterious designs of ancient origin.

 
Angler Education Day is sponsored by  
the Taunton River Watershed Alliance 
          and the Friends of Dighton Rock State Park

 

Watershed Photography Contest

Enter Our 2018 Annual Tide Calendar Photography Contest!

While we accept submissions to our photography contest year round, the deadline to have your work considered for the 2018 calendar is fast approaching.

We’re taking submissions from all, amateur and professional, young and old alike. Photographs must be of wild life, scenery, agricultural use, archaeological resources, or recreational activities SHOT WITHIN the Taunton River Watershed related to water use and conservation in the watershed. We love seasonal shots and prefer shots with a landscape orientation. For more information, download our 2018 submission guidelines. 2018_calendar_submission_guidelines

Please note, photographs must be taken within the last five years and must be the sole property of the submitting party. Winners receive a complimentary copy of the Annual Tide Calendar.

Submission deadline: July 31, 2017

Check out our .pdf listing and map of the towns or portions of towns that are within the watershed.

A few of the pictures from our 2016 calendar:

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Enjoy One of the TRWA Upcoming Events

Don’t forget to visit the What’s Happening – Events section of the website to see the information on upcoming events and urge friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues who you think might be interested to do the same:

  • Music in the Grove – Sunday, May 28th, 2-5 at Boyden Refuge;
  • Overnight Canoe/Kayak Trip – June 10-11 (or either day as a single day trip);
  • Angler Education / Family Fishing Day – Sunday, July 16th at Dighton Rock State Park;
  • Annual Watershed Photography Contest – Submission deadline is July 15th (see rules and application on website).

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Our Friends at Quequechan River Rail Trail (QRRT) and Fall River Street Tree Planting Program (FRSTPP)

We are pleased to pass along news of some upcoming events from our friends in the lower watershed.

QRRT

April 19 from 3:15 to 5:15

Come walk and learn about the QRRT (Quequechan River Rail Trail) and the history of the mills along the trail and the people that worked in them.

April 22nd from 9 -12

Earth Day River Clean UP  

contact: Julie Kelly at jkelly@fallriverma.org

FRSTPP

SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND

8:30 AM  North Park, Fall River 

Earth Day Clean-up         

Tree Planting at BCC (TBA)

FRIDAY, APRIL 28TH  – ARBOR DAY!

11 AM Greater Fall River Children’s Museum

Mayor’s Proclamation and Tree Plantings

FRIDAY, APRIL 28TH  – ARBOR DAY!

3:30 PM Fall River Public Library

Children’s Room: Please register for a

Reading and Craft Activity!

SATURDAY, MAY 6th

North Park and Highland Avenue

9:30 – 11 AM Tree Walk and ID 

with the FR Garden Club  and FRSTPP, Inc.

and . . .    10 community street plantings throughout the spring.

In April, we will begin planning our 2nd educational workshop, our ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF TREES, an outdoor workshop for families.  

We welcome your participation and ideas.

contact: MaryAnn Wordell (508) 679–8887

 

Annual Water Quality Sampler Training a Great Success!

The 2017 TRWA Annual Water Quality Training on Saturday 25, 2017 was a great success! Almost all veteran samplers are staying with the program in 2017 and we enlisted many new enthusiastic volunteers. The program has almost 30 volunteers to cover our existing 19 watershed sampling locations giving us the security of having multiple samplers supporting each location. In addition if TRWA fund raising or grant solicitation is successful we have enough volunteers to add some additional sampling locations.

Our trained volunteers are the Guardians of the Taunton River Watershed knowledgeable about how waters are sampled, our month to month sampling results, what the results mean, the challenges facing the river, and what can be done to improve water quality. They not only take monthly samples the second Tuesday of each month for chemical analysis but are always on alert to take photographs of water quality problems such as algae blooms, excess rooted aquatic plant growth, and extremely depleted tributary and river flows.

Anyone can help by emailing photographs of water quality problems to TRWA at: Director@savethetaunton.org. If sending photos please indicate in your cover email the location, date, and time the photo was taken. You can learn about water quality issues in the watershed, see our 2016 monitoring results and water quality report cards at the Water Quality Monitoring tab on the TRWA website home page.