C4R continues its work to advance the layout and creation of our first Blue Trail – The Quaboag
Take a look at our draft map, go through it, give it a test drive, let us know what you think! We have applied for a grant through DCR, which hopefully will help us finish and refine this trail with signage, kiosks, and map/guides. Your input can help too!
It was a great day and a great paddle! Those who ventured out on this Blue Trail were not disappointed, we had great weather, saw a lot of wildlife and had good fellowship. Draft copies of the “in the works” Blue Trail map were shared for use and feedback. We got a look at the renovations at Lucy Stone Park too, looking good…. Look for our next paddle soon!
C4R has begun our 3rd season of bacteria sampling on our local rivers. We will be sampling on all 4 rivers at places where people may venture on these waters. Results will be posted on line. We started June 15.
C4R could still use a volunteer in Palmer to grab samples on Thursday mornings around 8 AM through the summer. Interested?
Want to monitor the health of your neighborhood stream? Contribute to citizen science? Adopt a Stream!
Our local rivers and streams play an important role in not only the ecosystem, but also our quality of life. Clean water and a natural river system keeps us healthy, offers us fun recreational opportunities (boating, fishing, swimming), and makes our communities safe by handling storms naturally.
Adopt a Stream is a program that invites people to monitor the health of their local stream. Adopters can:
Monitor stream flow/level
Monitor stream water temperatures
Monitor water pH
Observe weekly conditions to notice anything unusual
Lead a local clean up day
C4R will help you get started and provide support to help volunteers monitor their local adopted stream. C4R, for an offering of $20 to cover supplies, will provide an Adopter with a rugged stream thermometer, a pH test kit for 50 samples, a volunteer guide booklet, data sheets, and tips on caring for your stream. C4R would ask that all seasonal data be submitted to C4R for review and analysis.
Our goal is to recruit Adopters through the spring and launch this program by the middle of May. So if you wish to participate, please SIGN UP!
See our web site under “About 4Rivers” and go to streams list to see your local stream. THANK YOU.