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  • Our Diamondback Terrapin Population Research is in Full Swing -

  • Guided Walk- Heritage State Park -

    Friday, July 1, 2022:   Fall River Heritage State Park   10:00am-11:30am

    TRWA volunteers will lead an easy walk along the boardwalk at the Fall River Heritage State Park. We will look at nature along this end of the Taunton River Watershed, and discuss the area’s history. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Pups on leash welcome. Restrooms available.

    Cost: Member- Free, Non-member- $5

    Meeting Place:  Battleship Cove Parking Area near the small bridge

    Attendee Limit: 15;   Pre-registration required by 4pm, Thursday, June 30, 2022

    To register call (508) 828-1101 or email director@savethetaunton.org

  • Successful 2022 Taunton River Festival -

    This year’s celebration of the Wild and Scenic Taunton River was a huge success!  Many thanks to all our vendors, exhibitors, non-profit organizations, food trucks, musicians, dancers, and visitors who made this event so enjoyable. The day was filled with sunshine, smiles, laughter, song, dance, food, shopping and more!  A special thank you to our generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers, including Taunton Troop 40, whose assistance made the event possible.

    Mark your calendars for next year on June 11, 2023 at Weir Village Riverfront Park, 33 East Water St, Taunton. 

    Click here for photos of the 2022 event.

     

Watershed News

Watershed News

  • July Monitoring Results In for Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Bacteria -

    The monitoring results for TRWA’s July 12th monitoring are back from our contractor and available on the website.

    Like last month in-stream levels of algae bloom generating nitrogen and phosphorus are high below Brockton, Bridgewater and Taunton due to the fact that stream dilution flows are low and these plants are still completing upgrades to remove these pollutants. The problem with nutrients and algae blooms in the watershed and Mount Hope Bay is compounded by EPA New England’s (Region 1 – Boston Office) failure to complete long over due permit renewals for Somerset and Fall River which are Continue reading

  • June Monitoring Data for Nitrate, Phosphorus and Bacteria Shows Concerning Levels -

    TRWA has received the June monitoring results from our contract lab. The results indicate elevated levels of nitrate which causes algae blooms in the tidal lower river and Mount Hope Bay beginning to rise. We also saw elevated phosphorus levels downstream of the Brockton and Bridgewater wastewater treatment plants and bacteria levels exceeding the new more stringent state standard at almost all our sampling location. We anticipate that with the lower river flow and warmer temperature in July (moderate drought conditions) the results will be worse so we are looking forward too getting our July 12th sampling results soon.

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Bruce Spooner Education Center

Bruce Spooner Education Center

Event: Biology of Aquatic Macroinvertebrates

Fun Activity for Children, Ages 10 and Up.

Saturday, August 6th, 8:30am-10am

Jay Cordeiro, Wildlife Conservation Biologist, will introduce participants to the aquatic macroinvertebrate fauna found in fresh water.

Participants will collect samples of aquatic invertebrates and amphibians with nets, sieves and by hand. We will learn to identify, count and record their findings, and discuss the intricate life cycles, food webs, and survival adaptations of these organisms.   Participants should expect to get wet and are asked to bring old sneakers, water shoes, muck boots, shin high or greater.  All other materials will be provided.

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Event: Pollinators, Native Plants & Container Gardens

Monday, August 29th, 6pm-7:30pm

Join us as LeeAnne Araujo, horticulturist from Araujo’s Farm in Dighton, provides an informative workshop on pollinator and native plants species for the purpose of planning a spring garden. Question and answer segment to follow. Learn More


See our events calendar for more events

Tides in Fall River:

To get the time of HIGH tide in Taunton add approximately 45 minutes to the high tide times listed below. For the time of LOW tide in Taunton add 2 hours and 15 minutes to the time of low tide listed below.

Water Height at the Titicut St gauge in Bridgewater:

USGS Water-data graph for Taunton River
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