2018 was another productive year for the 4 Rivers group, we continue 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.
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 happen if more people get involved and/or support our efforts. Please consider an end of year donation to C4R to help us enter 2019 in strong shape to move forward.Go to:https://c4rivers.org/membership-join-c4r/
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!
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.
With 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.
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!
The C4R team reported on our 2017 efforts which included our bacteria sampling, storm water study, Blue Trail work, DCR Grant, outreach, and laid out a vision to grow membership, an expanded trail network, and education.
Andy Fisk from the CRC, Connecticut River Conservancy, shared where C4R contributes and can add to citizen science to care 4 our rivers. C4R can help with nutrient studies, mussel restoration, and more!
Kristen Sykes from AMC talked about how paddling trails are a great way for people to know a river, particularly the CT River Paddlers trail.
2017 was another step forward for C4R, join us as we continue forward.
Great News: DCR has awarded C4R a grant to advance and complete work on our first 2 Blue Trails and begin scoping out our next 2!
The grant will help C4R complete both the upper Quaboag Blue Trail through the Brookfields into Warren and the Chicopee River Blue Trail in Wilbraham/Ludlow/Springfield by summer of 2018. Work includes location signage, kiosks, and completing the map guides. These are great places for paddlers to explore!
C4R will also begin layout work for blue trails on the Ware and Swift Rivers.
C4R will also be offering a presentation at the Mass Trails Conference on November 4 about Blue Trails.
Locally, C4R will hold its 4th annual SUMMIT on November 12th in Palmer to share our recent accomplishments and our vision for going into 2018 and beyond, save the date, come join us.
Want to monitor the health of your neighborhood stream? Contribute to citizen science? Adopt a Stream!
Our local rivers and streams play an important role in not only the ecosystem, but also our quality of life. Clean water and a natural river system keeps us healthy, offers us fun recreational opportunities (boating, fishing, swimming), and makes our communities safe by handling storms naturally.
Adopt a Stream is a program that invites people to monitor the health of their local stream. Adopters can:
Monitor stream flow/level
Monitor stream water temperatures
Monitor water pH
Observe weekly conditions to notice anything unusual
Lead a local clean up day
C4R will help you get started and provide support to help volunteers monitor their local adopted stream. C4R, for an offering of $20 to cover supplies, will provide an Adopter with a rugged stream thermometer, a pH test kit for 50 samples, a volunteer guide booklet, data sheets, and tips on caring for your stream. C4R would ask that all seasonal data be submitted to C4R for review and analysis.
Our goal is to recruit Adopters through the spring and launch this program by the middle of May. So if you wish to participate, please SIGN UP!
See our web site under “About 4Rivers” and go to streams list to see your local stream. THANK YOU.
From source to sea, C4R is the voice for the 4Rivers of the Chicopee River Watershed. Those who joined C4R on Saturday 11/12 heard a lot of what’s up with C4R, the progress being made in forming our voice. It was also a gathering of folks who enjoy our 4 Local rivers: Ware, Swift, Quaboag, Chicopee.
The 2016 Summit’s theme was “C4R: a Vital Link forHealthy Rivers & Communities” The guest speaker from MA DEP shared insights on the important role watershed groups play in protecting water quality and enhancing river access. C4R did get a number of great ideas from our speaker!
Our 2016 accomplishments:
Advanced Quaboag Blue Trail layout, refined trail map
Monitored 13 river sites for bacteria to inform recreational health of the river
Received broader community support on projects
held 3 paddling events, 2 major clean ups
continued to organize our governing body with bylaws and planning fund raising
We are next embarking on 2017 plans and welcome more community support.
C4R = Care 4 Rivers = Chicopee 4Rivers Watershed Council