C4R – Adopt a Stream

UnknownWant 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.

C4R-Adopt a Stream 2017  Flyer

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Contact us! chicopeewatershed@gmail.com  or send a note


C4R Blue Trails 2017

quaboag-bt-cover In 2017 we plan to advance our first two Blue Trails:  chicopee-bt-cover

Upper Quaboag Blue Trail covering The Brookfields and Warren.

Upper Chicopee Blue Trail covering Wilbraham, Ludlow, and Indian Orchard.

We are planning infrastructure work to post signage for all access areas as well as information kiosks at key locations. Our DRAFT Map/Guides will be under-going revisions in union with community input. Besides seeking grant funding, C4R also welcomes individual donations to help make these trails a reality. Stay tuned! Wanna help – drop C4R a line! Thanks.

Please review our DRAFT Quaboag Trail map – send in comments…

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On to 2017 – we need your support!

On a Blue Trail

As we move into 2017, C4R intends to continue and even grow our reach to serve the stewardship needs of our local rivers. In 2017 we plan to:

  • Monitor Bacteria at key recreation sites (see monitoring)
  • Introduce additional monitoring parameters (Adopt a Stream)
  • perform river clean ups
  • host fun paddles
  • launch the Upper Quaboag Blue Trail
  • establish new river access points
  • begin work on 2-3 new Blue Trails
  • Welcome more C4R supporters!

To accomplish this, we need financial support, donations. We have established a non-profit relationship with the Conn River Watershed Council, who will administer funds to support our efforts. Donations made to CRWC and noted for C4RWC will help our work to connect people to our 4 local rivers: Ware, Quaboag, Swift, Chicopee.

Send to:

C4RWC    PO Box 126     Three Rivers, MA 01080

Thank you!

4Rivers SUMMIT, Saturday Nov 12, C4R getting things done!

DSCN0008From source to sea, C4R is the voice for the 4Rivers of the Chicopee River Watershed. Those who joined C4R on Saturday  11/12 heard a lot of what’s up with C4R, the progress being made in forming our voice. It was also a gathering of folks who enjoy our 4 Local rivers: Ware, Swift, Quaboag, Chicopee.

The 2016 Summit’s theme was “C4R: a Vital Link for Healthy Rivers & Communities” The guest speaker from MA DEP  shared insights on the important role watershed groups play in protecting water quality and enhancing river access. C4R did get a number of great ideas from our speaker!Unknown

Our 2016 accomplishments:

  1. Advanced Quaboag Blue Trail layout, refined trail map
  2. Monitored 13 river sites for bacteria to inform recreational health of the river
  3. Received broader community support on projects
  4. held 3 paddling events, 2 major clean ups
  5. continued to organize our governing body with bylaws and planning fund raising

We are next embarking on 2017 plans and welcome more community support.

C4R = Care 4 Rivers = Chicopee 4Rivers Watershed Council

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Success! C4R Source 2 Sea Clean UP Saturday 9/24

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C4R Source to Sea Clean Up – September 24th –

9 AM-12 noon, BIG SUCCESS

C4R volunteers got dirty and the river cleaner during a big day clean up along the Swift River in Bondsville done in partnership with the Palmer Con Comm adscn0463long this beautiful stretch of river. A modest crew came and did a great job!

Our trash tally….  over a dozen tires, a barrel of wire, old pipe, a dozen bags of trash (many bottles & cups), and more.

Efforts like this help make our rivers a better place to explore. C4R hopes to create a formal paddling trail along this run in the near future.


Events to discover & care 4 your local rivers!

imagesC4R Source to Sea Clean Up – September 24th – Saturday, 9-12  — THANKS EVERYONE!

C4R is planning a big day clean up along the Swift River in Bondsville continuing our effort in partnership with the Palmer Con Comm to clean up this stretch of river. Join us the morning of the 24th. Please plan to get dirty and do good. Details soon.

August 20 C4R had a booth @ Celebrate Palmer. Thanks to all who visited with C4R!

A beautiful day on the river! The Saturday July 16, Paddle the Quaboag Blue Trail in
DSCN0168partnership with Opacum Land Trust was a great day. We had a wonderful turn out.We started from White’s Landing on Rt 148 in Brookfield and paddled up to Quaboag Pond and back. A beautiful stretch of river.





May 21st, Saturday Swift River clean up – 1st St Bondsville/Palmer, 9 AM-12noon – SUCCESS – Thank you all…




June 18
– 9 AM Paddle on the Chicopee River in Indian Orchard – We had a Great Day on the river!

Where: Water Street, Springfield, MA – Indian Orchard





August  paddle being re scheduled – low water flows!!!

Come join us!

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Lower Chicopee River Stormwater Monitoring

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 9.25.13 AMC4RWC in partnership with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and the Connecticut River Watershed Council is conducting stormwater sampling this May and June.

Sampling locations are along Fuller Brook, Poor Brook, Abbey Brook, and the mainstem of the Chicopee River, between the North Wilbraham/Ludlow Bridge and the Davitt Bridge in Chicopee.

Volunteer teams are collecting multiple samples at 2 to 3 locations on Tuesday mornings.   Volunteers are using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency bacteria source tracking sampling protocol.

This water quality sampling project will result in data that provides a more complete picture of the river’s health and understanding about sources of contamination. The project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. EPA to the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection under the 604(b) Water Quality Management Planning program.

Questions or this project can be addressed to Keith Davies at Chicopee 4 Rivers Watershed Council, chicopeewatershed@gmail.com.