C4Rivers Chatter: September 2019

chicopee-4-rivers-logo-2C-300-8c-sign-2Final Preparation for Chicopee River Blue Trail coming soon! Need volunteers.

Let us know if you can help set up a few posts and signs, move some stone, and such. Likely early/mid October. chicopeewatershed@gmail.com


See C4R sampling results: https://connecticutriver.us

C4R sites are to the right of Quabbin Reservoir.


S2S-Source 2 Sea- clean up Saturday September 28 – First St, Bondsville/Palmer MA @ 830 AM. S2S-2019


C4R Summer of 2019

Unknown-1Poems, Prose, Pictures
As we get out on and around our local rivers, write your poems & prose, take pictures of your favorite river places. Submissions extended thru 2019…

Share your rivers!

DetailsC4R 2019 P-P-P Contest


chicopee-4-rivers-logo-2C-300-8c-sign-2C4R Receives RTP/DCR Trails Grant to establish Ware River Blue Trail!

C4R was granted funds to construct access points and create a Blue Trail map for a Ware River Blue Trail, in 2 sections, starting in Hardwick and running through Ware to Palmer. The Project will be in partnership with each of the noted communities. Stay tuned!


WJZ-E46C-21C4R shares this special Event with AMC

Paddle with a Purpose! Harvesting Invasive Water Chestnut at the Oxford Marsh of the Chicopee River

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Easy paddle on flatwater to pull invasive water chestnut, a plant that impairs wildlife habitat and could easily take over our waters, making boating, swimming and fishing nearly impossible. Great strides have already been made at keeping this plant in check. Fun paddle afterwards – Join in!

contact: Cynthia Boettner – cynthia.boettner1@gmail.com  


June 22 SATURDAY: Solstice evening paddle-GREAT FUN!



Summer Fun!

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A great evening out on the Ware River…..



**Review Draft Chicopee River Blue Trail Maps – Blue Trails  offer comments…. comment by June 11.



cropped-images.jpegKingfisher Newsletter – V2 #1 Preview

our spring newsletter can be seen here: Kingfisher-2019-V2#1-Final


chicopee-4-rivers-logo-2C-300-8c No noteRiver Action-Events for 2019

C4R is laying out plans for 2019, want to join the team? We welcome committed folks to join our steering team. Interested in Blue Trails? Water Quality monitoring? Clean ups or paddles? Send us a note: chicopeewatershed@gmail.com OR support us by becoming a member: Join C4R.  An initial slate of events and activities is noted below:

  • April 11, THU – C4R night at the Iron Duke — Thanks to all who came by!
  • April 20th Chicopee River Blue Trail clean up, 9-12 AM-POSTPONED
  • April 27th Three Rivers-river clean up, 9-12 AM.   Thanks to all! 
  • May 4, 3R TRACK Arts Fest, come visit C4R 11-3. 
  • May 4, W Brookfield, 67/9 QRBT access clean up, 9-12 (part of town wide event)
  • May 11 C4R paddling event-QRBT-see events
  • June – Bacteria sampling begins 6/13
  • Oxford Marsh-Chicopee River Water chestnut pull
  • Solstice paddle June 22
  • July 7 Chicopee Water Chestnut Pull & Paddle

Details on these: See Events.


ironduke4-11-2C4R night at Iron Duke, Thursday April 11

C4R  presented our plans for the Chicopee River Blue Trail – a paddling trail ON the river, shared a draft trail map, upcoming event information, and more! Folks discovered how they can connect with our local rivers. All enjoyed a local brew along our local river.

100 State St #122 Ludlow, behind the Ludlow Mills, near the river walk.


Fresh off the presses!!!       images-3

 C4RWC 2018 Bac-T report.

Thanks to support from QQLA, LWPA, Towns of Warren, Palmer, Wilbraham, Ware, City of Springfield, and Country Bank.


4Rivers Strong!

2018 was another productive year for the 4 Rivers group, we continued to advance our goals of reconnecting local folk to their local rivers. This has happened because more local folk have begun to work with C4R. It’s been a slow process, but it has begun to spread. We hope though, to engage more people to Care 4 Rivers. Join us!

          In 2018 we:
Monitored river health at 11 recreational sites (bacteria)
We brought 2 Blue Trails to near completion
Over 40 volunteers got involved! Thanks.
C4R hosted paddling events and clean ups
We were out in communities for informational events
Began membership Drive
          In 2019 we intend to:
Complete and inaugurate the Quaboag & Chicopee Blue Trails
Hold opening Day events for each trail
Expand our monitoring, education programs
Paddles on each river, Clean ups
Grow membership, donations
Begin trail plans for Ware & Swift Rivers

All this can continue if more people get involved and/or support our efforts. Please chicopee-4-rivers-logo-2c-300-8c-cr4-2consider a donation to C4R to help us make 2019 productive and strong. Go to: https://c4rivers.org/membership-join-c4r/




C4R annual meeting November 4: a success.

Fine turnout @ Palmer Historical Cultural Center in Three Rivers/Palmer. 

Theme: Many hands, together, make a difference! 

C4R shared updates on Blue Trails, water quality monitoring, recognized our volunteers, presented future plans, and more. 2018 was another productive year, but there is more to do! Join C4R and BE 1 of a 1000!

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The next step in protecting the health of our local rivers…


IMG_2589Quaboag Blue Trail closer to completion!

Road signage installed: Brookfield to Warren! Trail Maps ready too! Trail map on our Blue Trails page.

C4R – connecting you to your local rivers…IMG_2595




CBT CoverDraft Chicopee Blue Trail Map ready for review comments!

Take a look, let us know… Thanks. Link:  Chicopee-10-31-18

2019 Trail opening.



C4R has completed our 2018 Monitoring season. We sampled for bacteria along our Blue Trails. Results are posted on line @ www.connecticutriver.us

Full report later this Fall. C4RWC 2018 Bac-T data sum



chicopee-4-rivers-logo-2C-300-8c No noteJoin C4R, Be a member!

C4R continues our 2018 member/supporter drive. Our goal is to welcome 100+ members! See the charter member perks!

Seeking better river access? Want clean healthy rivers? Join C4R.

C4R has been busy improving river access and monitoring the health of our 4Rivers. Now we need people to step up and help us to continue to move forward and do even more good work. Be a part of Caring 4Rivers – C4R…

Use the Link below, then go to our membership page, thank you.

Join C4R !!! 

DSCN0875With C4R’s RTP-DCR grant, we are moving forward to make both the Quaboag and Chicopee River Blue Trails a reality. We have begun fieldwork with more to come. If you want to help, let us know!

C4R held a number of OUTREACH sessions to engage local folks to help us prepare final efforts. chicopee-4-rivers-logo-2C-300-8c-sign-2

 C4R has shared on a draft trail map and seeks input on refinements. We are implementing the trail infrastructure and continue to seek volunteers to helps us make all this happen. Please review draft maps and send in input ASAP, see our Blue Trail page for drafts. Send in feedback ASAP!


C4R = Care 4 Rivers

contact chicopeewatershed@gmail.com

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