The Deerfield River Watershed Association is committed to the following goals for the benefit of the watershed:
- Protect and monitor water quality- Our program includes annual macro-invertebrate sampling and river clean-ups.
- Protect and monitor wildlife habitat and wetlands- This work documents the diversity of little known wildlife communities in the watershed. (See this newsletter and report from a 2001 study.)
- Protect green spaces to safeguard habitats, natural features, water quality and scenic beauty.
- Be an active partner in the implementation of the Deerfield River Settlement Agreement- We meet with the other co-signers, participate in negotiations about threats to the river, and cultivate a working relationship with the power companies.
- Improve public watershed stewardship through education and recreation- We teach interested community members about the watershed at the annual Riverfest celebration in Shelburne Falls and at occasional forums. We also maintain an eight-mile portion of the Mahican-Mohawk trail (Deerfield to Shelburne).
- Encourage environmental education in local schools- We sponsor a mini-grant program for watershed schools.
Find out more about our work and what’s happening in the watershed by reading our newsletter, The Current.