French River Connection
Monitor the water quality in the French River watershed in Massachusetts, with over  5000 separate data points recorded
Construct riverside trails, such as the Perryville Trace
Conduct cleanups of the French River, with over five miles of riverbank cleaned and tons of trash collected.
Discourage beavers, by placing woven wire barriers around more than 400 trees
Construct multi-use community amenities such as French River Park
Construct cartop paddling access points, such as at Leovich Landing, and French River Park
WHAT DO WE DO?
UPCOMING EVENTS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

VISION:

The vision of the French River Connection is for the French River and its shoreline to become a resource that is used, enjoyed, and treasured by residents and visitors to the French River region. The river's natural and cultural heritage will be appreciated and protected, recreational gatherings along the river will be encouraged, and the economic benefits of a healthy, active riverfront will be realized.
VISION:

The vision of the French River Connection is for the French River and its shoreline to become a resource that is used, enjoyed, and treasured by residents and visitors to the French River region. The river's natural and cultural heritage will be appreciated and protected, recreational gatherings along the river will be encouraged, and the economic benefits of a healthy, active riverfront will be realized.
 
WEBSTER RIVERWALK:

The Webster Office of Community Development has engaged Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB) to finalize the design and manage the construction of the Riverwalk. Construction of the first phase, immediately upstream from French River Park, is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2014.

Read more about it.

WATER QUALITY MONITORING:

Our 2013 Water Quality Monitoring Report in now available on-line.  You can also read a summary in the
Water Quality section of this website using the button on the left.

Our second year of monitoring for E. Coli produced results that are encouraging for the parts of the river in Massachusetts most frequented by paddlers and anglers

 
VISION:

The vision of the French River Connection is for the French River and its shoreline to become a resource that is used, enjoyed, and treasured by residents and visitors to the French River region. The river's natural and cultural heritage will be appreciated and protected, recreational gatherings along the river will be encouraged, and the economic benefits of a healthy, active riverfront will be realized.
VISION:

The vision of the French River Connection is for the French River and its shoreline to become a resource that is used, enjoyed, and treasured by residents and visitors to the French River region. The river's natural and cultural heritage will be appreciated and protected, recreational gatherings along the river will be encouraged, and the economic benefits of a healthy, active riverfront will be realized.
VISION:

The vision of the French River Connection is for the French River and its shoreline to become a resource that is used, enjoyed, and treasured by residents and visitors to the French River region. The river's natural and cultural heritage will be appreciated and protected, recreational gatherings along the river will be encouraged, and the economic benefits of a healthy, active riverfront will be realized.
French River Connection, PO Box 45, Webster MA 02840
 
Water Quality Monitoring: Spend a few hours once or more during the remainder of 2014 supporting our water quality monitoring campaign. Learn what is normal for the French River and its tributaries, and what constitutes an impairment. Visit more than a dozen sites to understand our watershed. To learn more and volunteer, contact Jack Josti, program manager.
Earth Day Cleanup: Earth Day Cleanup in Webster and Dudley will be held April 26. We will be meeting at 8:30 am at the Webster town hall to register and pick up supplies. We will concentrate our cleanup on river locations. If you would prefer to work in Dudley, go to the Highway Department on Indian Road at 9 am. In either case, please register as a French River Connection participant.
French River Paddle  -  April 26th 2014.  The French River Connection will host a paddle on the French River on Saturday April 26, 2014.  This leisurely paddle will begin at Agguteback Pond just below Hodges Village Dam on Howarth Road in Oxford and end at North Village in Webster, a distance of about 4 miles.  Paddlers will enjoy an easy flowing river that meanders through marshlands and woodlands.  There should be opportunities to see some wildlife that inhabit the French River including turtles, great blue heron, geese, ducks, and beavers.   The trip is suitable for paddlers with moving water experience.  PFDs are absolutely required and must be worn.  There is no charge for this trip.  To register, email trip leader Jay Wade at (joseph.l.wade@ampf .com) or call 860-928-5599 (work) or 508-461-9813 (home).  The number of registrations and the ability of the paddlers to participate, is at the discretion of the trip leader.  Meet at 9:00 AM at Hodges Village, bring your lunch and clothing appropriate for the weather.  We will shuttle cars down to the takeout starting at 9:30 AM.
Quinebaug River Paddle  -  May 17th 2014.  The French River Connection will host a paddle on the Quinebaug River on Saturday May 17, 2014.  This leisurely paddle will begin at the launch on Fabyan Road in Thompson CT, .6 mile south of its intersection with route 131, and end at West Thompson Dam, a distance of about six miles.   Paddlers will enjoy an easy flowing river that meanders through marshlands and woodlands.  There should be opportunities to see some wildlife that inhabit the Quianebaug River including turtles, great blue heron, geese, ducks, and beavers.   The trip is suitable for paddlers with moving water experience.  PFDs are absolutely required and must be worn.  There is no charge for this trip.  To register, email trip leader Jay Wade at (joseph.l.wade@ampf .com) or call 860-928-5599 (work) or 508-461-9813 (home).  The number of registrations and the ability of the paddlers to participate, is at the discretion of the trip leader.  Meet at 9:00 AM at the Fabyan Dam Canoe Launch, bring your lunch and clothing appropriate for the weather.  We will shuttle cars down to the takeout starting at 9:30 AM. Read the Quinebaug River Paddle Guide
Hike/walk around Hodges Village Dam  -  May 31, 2014.   Approximately  3 mile walk on dirt roads and trails at a leisurely pace to accommodate most walkers,  on somewhat rough terrain.  Bring water, snacks and dress for the weather, and meet at the office atop the dam at 9:00 AM. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots are suggested.   For information, contact trip leader Jay Wade at (joseph.l.wade@ampf .com) or call 860-928-5599 (work) or 508-461-9813 (home)