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
Annual Meeting: The FRC Annual Meeting will be Wednesday, April 8, at 7pm at the historic Black Tavern, 138 Center Road, Dudley,MA.
Please join us for a brief meeting where we will announce our calendar of events for this year, update information on the French River Walk, and elect directors to vacancies on our Board. Nominations may be made at the meeting, so if you have interest and want information, please contact Ed Bazinet.
Our guest speaker is Bill Reid, Chief Ranger of The Last Green Valley. Bill will talk about the waterways of the Last Green Valley, highlighting opportunities to kayak and explore the many rivers contributing to the natural resources of our area. Bill is entertaining and knowledgeable, so come enjoy his presentation!
Refreshments will be served. If you are Interested in touring the Tavern before the meeting, arrive by 6:30 for a 15 minute tour prior to the meeting.
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.
Work Parties: Save the date and return here for more details; sign up at the annual meeting
April 18, Leovich Landing in Oxford
May 2, Perryville Trace, Webster
Earth Day, as announced by Webster/Dudley
Bring rakes and gloves, donuts and coffee will be provided
Paddles/Hikes: Save the date and return here for more details, including how to sign up
April 25, Hodges Village Dam to Collins Cove
May 16, West Dudley Pond on Paper Mill Road in Southbridge, a paddle and hike
June 20, launching at the Buffumville ramp
Participants will need to sign up prior to the event, and must be equipped with a personal flotation device