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:
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.
The Webster Office of Community Development has completed the first phase of the Webster Riverwalk, upstream from French River Park, and will extend it in a second phase in 2015. Funding has also been secured for a sidewalk from Main Street to the park.
Read more about it.
WATER QUALITY MONITORING:
Our 2014 Water Quality Monitoring Report is now available on-line. You can also read a summary in the Water Quality Monitoring section of this site using the button at left.
Our third 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
French River Connection, PO Box 45, Webster MA 02840
Water Quality Monitoring: Volunteers are needed to assist with out water quality monitoring program this year. Dates are:
One additional wet weather day in July or August
Volunteers will receive an orientation in using the TROLL monitoring equipment, and accompany the project leader to 16 sites.
Contact Jack Josti with questions and to confirm a date.
Saturday May 16, 9am: Ken Butkiewicz will lead this approximately 1 ½ hour round trip paddle exploring Paper Mill Pond on the Quinebaug River. The launch will be from the Quinebaug Rail Trail parking area off Route 31. Call Ken at 508-943-6461 for information or to sign-up. You will love this easy paddle, and hiking the rail trail is always an option. There are some picnic tables at the parking area.
Saturday June 20: Buffumville Reservoir, Oxford, 9am launch. May include a picnic event. More on this event as the date nears. Leader/Contact: Jay Wade (Phone: 508-461-9813)