Events to discover & care 4 your local rivers!

imagesC4R Source to Sea Clean Up – September 24th – Saturday, 9-12  — THANKS EVERYONE!

C4R is planning a big day clean up along the Swift River in Bondsville continuing our effort in partnership with the Palmer Con Comm to clean up this stretch of river. Join us the morning of the 24th. Please plan to get dirty and do good. Details soon.

August 20 C4R had a booth @ Celebrate Palmer. Thanks to all who visited with C4R!

A beautiful day on the river! The Saturday July 16, Paddle the Quaboag Blue Trail in
DSCN0168partnership with Opacum Land Trust was a great day. We had a wonderful turn out.We started from White’s Landing on Rt 148 in Brookfield and paddled up to Quaboag Pond and back. A beautiful stretch of river.





May 21st, Saturday Swift River clean up – 1st St Bondsville/Palmer, 9 AM-12noon – SUCCESS – Thank you all…




June 18
– 9 AM Paddle on the Chicopee River in Indian Orchard – We had a Great Day on the river!

Where: Water Street, Springfield, MA – Indian Orchard





August  paddle being re scheduled – low water flows!!!

Come join us!

C4R – Care 4 Rivers

Lower Chicopee River Stormwater Monitoring

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 9.25.13 AMC4RWC in partnership with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and the Connecticut River Watershed Council is conducting stormwater sampling this May and June.

Sampling locations are along Fuller Brook, Poor Brook, Abbey Brook, and the mainstem of the Chicopee River, between the North Wilbraham/Ludlow Bridge and the Davitt Bridge in Chicopee.

Volunteer teams are collecting multiple samples at 2 to 3 locations on Tuesday mornings.   Volunteers are using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency bacteria source tracking sampling protocol.

This water quality sampling project will result in data that provides a more complete picture of the river’s health and understanding about sources of contamination. The project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. EPA to the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection under the 604(b) Water Quality Management Planning program.

Questions or this project can be addressed to Keith Davies at Chicopee 4 Rivers Watershed Council,

Adopt a Sample 2017

C4R is planning another year of Bacteria sampling along our recreational river segments. We need support to cover lab analysis costs – Adopt a Sample – is your way to help.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe hope to sample at 10-12 sites, each 7 times over the summer, along our 4 Rivers.  There are also transportation and supply costs to cover. A donation of $30 covers one sample analysis. $200 covers a pre-determined site for the season.

Results will be posted about 24 hours after the sampling on a partner web site titled “Is It Clean.” We are having samples analyzed at the Connecticut River Watershed Council lab.

See our program flyer here. C4RWC adopt a sample 2017

Can you help us?


The Four Rivers

130919Telander-Belt3C04D38_t670Ware: Starting on the west slope of Mt Wachusett, the Ware flows southwest towards Three Rivers in Palmer.

Quaboag: Flowing from tributaries near the western side of Spencer, the Quaboag flows westerly towards Three Rivers.

Swift: The headwaters of the Swift form Quabbin Reservoir. The Swift then flows freely from Windsor Dam meeting the Ware River at Three Rivers.

Chicopee: Formed by the meeting of the first three rivers, the Chicopee then flows west for 17 miles before meeting the Connecticut River.

This four river system forms the heart of central Massachusetts.

To see a full list of towns in the watershed go to our “About” page.