• The Deerfield River is tributary to the Connecticut River, depicted here in Thomas Cole's famous 1836 painting

  • The Deerfield River in its floodplain eroding through the red sandstone that makes up Mount Sugarloaf.

  • Swimming hole on the Deerfield (photo: Art Schwenger)

  • Rafters enjoying a summer day on the river (Photo: Art Schwenger)

  • Sunset during December over the Deerfield Valley (photo: A Schwenger)

  • Autumn along the Deerfield RIver


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.