March 2013 – The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, together with a large group of partners (15 organizations!) has organized a series of three workshops for municipalities, engineers, planners, and interested others on improving road stream crossings for wildlife and public safety.  Each workshop lasts from 8:30am to 3:00 pm.  Here are the dates and locations (all are in the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley):

March 13 – Westfield State University, Westfield

March 19 – Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield – POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER – will list new date once it is scheduled.

March 26 – Olver Transportation Center, Greenfield

For more information, and to register – go to Baystate Roads’ website

Note: We are in the process of developing three more workshops in Eastern MA locations, for October 2013.  So check this space (or Baystate Roads’s website, link above) to register for those.

Sponsored by:

The Massachusetts Environmental Trust

and the Westfield River Wild and Scenic Advisory Committee





We had a great turnout for our “Demystifying SWMI” seminar yesterday – thanks to all of you who braved the traffic to spend the day delving into August monthly medians and fluvial fish abundance.  A big thank you to Todd Richards and Peter Weiskel for their informative presentations and for answering our (many) questions, and to CRWA for hosting.  You can find Peter Weiskel’s PowerPoint presentation here, the Preliminary “Fish and Flow” study here, and the Mass Water Indicators Report here.

Demystifying SWMI – September 29

Do you have a basic idea of what the Sustainable Water Management Initiative (SWMI) is about, but feel a little fuzzy on the details?  Are you interested in knowing more about the new USGS study linking flow alteration to the health of fish populations?  Are you concerned about the decisions being made about water allocation – and how your watershed will be affected?  Would you like to better understand the various safe yield proposals?  Do you have questions, concerns or ideas about this process you’d like to share with river advocates participating on the SWMI committees? Are you wondering what the process will actually accomplish?

If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” please join us for a free workshop about SWMI, featuring USGS and DFG staff, jointly sponsored by the Mass Rivers Alliance and the Charles River Watershed Association, at CRWA’s headquarters in Weston on 9/29 from 9-2:30. We’ll provide coffee

For more information or to register, please email Julia Blatt at

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