Training for Water Quality Monitoring Volunteers 3/23rd


Help protect the water quality of the Taunton River and its tributaries by becoming one of our river guardians. 

No technical training or education is required just a desire to be part of an important effort with good people who want to improve local water quality. We provide the training, pair new people with folks who are veterans, and explain what the results mean and why they are important. Read here for more details.

Next Training Session:
March 23, 2022, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
TRWA’s Watershed Center, Sweets Knoll State Park in Dighton, MA
(on Rt 138 just South of the Bristol Aggie traffic light – 1387 Somerset Avenue, Dighton)


Big Welcome to Samantha Meagher!


We are excited to introduce Sam, our new Communications Intern, who has joined our team through June. Her skills are wide-ranging and a perfect match for our program planning, outreach, and marketing needs. You will be sure to meet Sam in person at our upcoming events, whether greeting attendees or sharing information. A recent UMass Amherst December graduate in English and Communications, Sam is currently enrolled in the Isenberg School of Management graduate program studying Business Analytics. Her interest in environmental activism developed over the last two years.  When not studying, Sam can be found reading a good book or walking the beach.

Annual Meeting, November 4th

Join us for the TRWA Annual Meeting Saturday, November 4th, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Bristol County Agricultural High School Student Commons Building, 135 Center Street, Dighton.

Our Featured Speaker will be Steve Hurley, Southeast District Fisheries Manager for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Steve will speak on the Fisheries Resources of The Taunton River Watershed: Changes and Challenges over the Past 30+ years

Steve Hurley has been the Southeast District Fisheries Manager for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife since 1990. He is responsible for the management of the freshwater aquatic resources of Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Plymouth and Nantucket Counties including the Taunton River watershed.  He has extensive experience surveying the ponds and streams of Southeastern Massachusetts and served on management committees for the Assawompset Pond Complex and Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve. He manages the district’s trout stocking program, investigates fish kills, and provides technical assistance on aquatic habitat management and the many issues affecting fisheries resources. Protection, management and enhancement of coastal wild brook trout resources has become one of his major areas of expertise.

TRWA Board Member and Bristol County Agricultural High School NRM Chairman, Brian Bastarache, and project technician Jessie Power, will present results from the 2023 Taunton River Diamondback Terrapin Population Assessment field season.  This is TRWA’s eight season studying the Diamondback Terrapin population in the Taunton River and the fourth season of a small pilot nest protection program.


Steve Silva, TRWA’s Water Quality Monitoring Program Coordinator and Board Secretary, will share the 2023 monitoring results.  There will also be a brief treasurer’s report, as well as updates on the Bruce Spooner Education Center programs, our advocacy work and volunteer recognition awards. The TRWA membership will be publicly voting to fill Board of Director seats and select 2024 officers.  Please contact the office if you are a member and have any questions on who is running for officers (or if you wish to join the board.)  

Limited copies of the 2024 TRWA Tide Calendar will be available for $15, featuring the work of local photographers who captured the beauty of the Taunton River Watershed and its wildlife.    




The meeting is hosted by the Natural Resource Management Department and will be held in the Student Commons Building.  Light refreshments will be served.  

This is an in person meeting, all are welcome. 

The Student Commons Building is on the north side of Center Street.  Parking is located to the rear of the building .   The building is fully accessible from all entrances.


Announcing the Winners of our 2024 Tide Calendar


Thank you to all the photographers who entered TRWA’s 2024 Tide Calendar Contest! 

With so many extraordinary entries, the judging was quite difficult.

We are pleased to share the following winners:


“Pollinators – Zabulon Skipper,” Sweets Knoll State Park, Dighton, MA – David Ennis


“Finding Water,” Norton, MA – Alison Kidder


“Carver’s Pond in Winter,” Bridgewater, MA – Mike McLaughlin


“Great Blue Heron Handoff,” Lakeville, MA – Mohamad Ojjeh


“Sandhill Crane,” Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area, Halifax/Hanson, MA – Bart Devine

“Banding Six Week Old Bald Eagles,” Dighton, MA – David Ennis


“Turtle Yoga,” Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area, Halifax/Hanson, MA – Laura FitzGerald-Kemmett


“Battleship Cove,” Fall River, MA – William Gibson


“Teach Children to Inhale the World’s Beauty,” Fall River, MA – Kat Tasca


“Autumn Beauty,” Lakeville, MA – Jonathan Huggon


“Harbor Seal,” Berkley, MA – Jenn & Elyse Shallow


“Looking for the Ladies,” Lakeville, MA – Mohamad Ojjeh


“Male Cardinal in Tree,” Berkley, MA – Barbara Tomawski



Reserve your calendar today by emailing

Starting November 1st, calendars will be available for $20 at TRWA’s Watershed Center at Sweets Knoll State Park.  Please call ahead at 508-828-1101 for times when the Center will be open.  A limited number of calendars will be available for a discounted price of $15 at the TRWA’s Annual Meeting on November 4th at Bristol County Agricultural High School from 4PM-7PM.

Calendars are always available print-on-demand. The TRWA is excited to use all the options of this new technology. The print-on-demand calendars can be printed from any month of the year with the tide data from the Taunton River or any other of the 3,500 NOAA tide stations. Or, if you like to write appointments onto your calendar, you can order a calendar printed without the tide data. People purchasing the calendar can even customize their calendar with their own photographs. Half the proceeds from the online $19.95 purchase price goes directly to the TRWA to support its ongoing mission protecting and restoring the Taunton River watershed, its tributaries, wetlands, floodplains, river corridors and wildlife.

To order our TIDE calendar, follow this link:

For a step by step guide on navigating the customizations of the order form, click on this link.  how_to_order_online_flier

Since 1988 TRWA has been a voice for the river as an advocate for environmental protection, sustainable development and responsible stewardship of our precious natural resources.  

Your purchase of our calendar helps to support our work.  Thank you!


Communications Internship


Exciting opportunity for a college student.

Are you a budding social media manager or event planner? Do you want to use these skills to help an
organization communicate and plan effectively with its audience and partners? Then apply today!

We are seeking an energetic student (undergraduate or graduate) to assist with our 2024 educational programs and other events from 1/15/2024 – 6/30/2024.  Flexible hours. Partially remote work with some event attendance required.

For details visit

Successful Taunton River Festival


Thank you everyone for helping to make our festival a great success! We couldn’t have done it without the tremendous support of our volunteers, sponsors, vendors and fellow non-profit organizations who joined us for a fun-filled day. Complete list of photos can be found here.

New Calendar Photo Contest


We’re Back!

Announcing the TRWA’s 12th Annual Photography Contest

13 winners will have their photographs featured in the TRWA’s 2024 Annual Tide Calendar. Contest is open to all ages- professional and amateur alike! Photos must be taken within the last five years and taken within the Taunton River Watershed.

Photos must be submitted by September 1, 2023. Winners will be notified in October. 

For questions, email


First Herring Spotted!

The first herring have been spotted by the Middleborough-Lakeville Herring Fishery Commission. The first herring to arrive are known as scouts. The rest won’t be far behind! The peak is unpredictable. Late March through mid-April is a good time to check. To learn more about herring, click here.

Also, mark your calendars for an informative TRWA program at the Middleboro Herring Run at 47 Wareham Street on Tuesday, April 18th at 10:00 am. Herring commissioners will lead a talk about the fish, its migration, its place in the food chain and more.  Great school vacation week activity where kids can participate in a live herring count! 

The Middleboro Herring Run is also known as the Thomas Memorial Park and the Wareham Street Fish Ladder. This small park on the Nemasket River is a perfect spot for viewing the annual alewife herring run, the largest in Massachusetts with more than half a million river herring migrating upriver each spring. Stop by in mid-to late March and early April to see thousands of herring make their way upstream toward their spawning grounds at Assawompsett Pond.