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:
April 23: French River paddle, Hodges Village to North Webster. Be ready to launch by 9:00 AM. Please arrive in a timely fashion to prepare for the trip and shuttle cars to the takeout. Bring lunch, water, and appropriate kayaking gear. PFDs are required for the paddle. Rain will cancel the trip.
May 14, Earth Day: Meet at 9:00 AM at the Webster Town Hall to participate in this cleanup event.
May 21: Quinabaug River paddle, Fabian Dam in Thompson to the West Thompson Dam. Be ready to launch by 9:00 AM. Please arrive in a timely fashion to prepare for the trip and shuttle cars to the takeout. Bring lunch, water, and appropriate kayaking gear for trip. PFDs are required for the paddle. Rain will cancel the trip.
May 28: Hike around South Pond at Buffumville Dam. Meet at the boat launch parking lot for a 9:00 AM start. Bring appropriate gear for a four mile hike, including water and lunch. This is a trail hike so wear comfortable footwear.
The contact person for these events is Jay Wade
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 second phase of the Webster Riverwalk, upstream from French River Park, and will continue to extend it each year.
Read more about it.
WATER QUALITY MONITORING:
Our 2015Water 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