• 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

Science in the Watershed

A big part of DRWA’s role in the watershed is that of providing information to people who care about the river and its basin.  To do this, we seek funding for and enact rigorous scientific research to document the status of various ecosystems within the watershed.  This research enables us to knowledgeably advocate for the river when negotiating with various stakeholders.  Read more about specific endeavors via the links below.

Water Quality


Vernal Pools


Erosion and Geomorphology – Geomorphology is the study of how the land’s surface changes. It is a big part of river science since rivers are one of the main agents affecting the shape of the earth’s surface. DRWA is actively interested in managing erosion and flooding along the Deerfield River and its tributaries.