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



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.


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:

May 2
June 6
July 11
August 1
September 5
October 10
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.

Work Parties: Save the date and return here for more details; sign up at the annual meeting

May 2, Perryville Trace, Webster

Earth Day, as announced by Webster/Dudley

Bring rakes and gloves, donuts and coffee will be provided

Paddles/Hikes: Get more information and sign up by contacting the event leader

April 25, 9am. Paddle,  Hodges Village Dam, Oxford to Collins Cove, Dudley.
Leader/Contact: Jay Wade (Phone: 508-461-9813)

May 16, 9am. Paddle or hike. West Dudley Pond on Paper Mill Road in Southbridge
Leader/Contact: Ken Butkiewicz (Phone: 508- 943-6461)

June 20, 9am. Paddle,  Buffumville boat ramp, Oxford
Leader/Contact: Jay Wade (Phone: 508-461-9813)

Participants will need to sign up prior to the event, and must be equipped with a personal flotation device