In recent years, the watershed has had no river group advocating for its conservation. The former ChicRWC had gone dormant, C4RWC is a fresh effort to renew a group to provide stewardship and enjoyment of the 4 rivers of the Chicopee basin: Ware, Quaboag, Swift, Chicopee.
If you wish to join in the effort, come to an event!
The kingfisher: this bird has been the mascot for the watershed for many years. It lives along rivers and streams and nests in burrows along the banks. The Belted Kingfisher seems to have an air of self-importance as it patrols up and down rivers and shorelines. Its distinct “chatter” can be heard as it flies by.
They feed almost entirely on aquatic prey, diving to catch fish and crayfish with its heavy, straight bill. These ragged-crested birds are a powdery blue-gray; males have one blue band across the white breast, while females have a blue and a chestnut band. A fitting mascot.
More Basin Information:
ChicRWC-4R -rivers map of the watershed boundaries.
ChicRWC-4R towns map of towns in basin.
c4r-stream-list-2017 List of streams in the watershed
Watershed towns list: chicopee R watershed towns list
Watershed Facts link: A Few Watershed Facts
4rivers-beginnings 2014 report link.